SKATERS’ were formed after singer/songwriter Michael Ian Cummings got a call from English guitarist Josh Hubbard to announce that he’d be arriving in New York City the following day from the UK. Hubbard landed 24 hours later and proceeded to crash drummer Noah Rubin’s birthday party.
Hubbard threw down the gauntlet: he was in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. Joining up with bassist Dan Burke, the band booked three shows, learned the songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with and Skaters were born. Little did they realise at the time that they’d started a chain of events which would lead to their debut album, Manhattan, a relatively short time later. Ahead of their appearance at Bristol Exchange on February 24, Andy Howells put questions to the band.
Who are you and how did you come together?
We are a couple guys from Boston and Hull 2017 city of culture. We all met up in NYC to start our new hit band skaters.
Where are you from?
Boston Mass but we all live in NYC
How would you describe your music style?
Funky fresh. A little bit of a punk-phunk intergalactic mixer.
What’s been your best live experience?
Playing at Bowery Ballroom in NYC this summer was amazing; we will be back there on the 24th this month to do it again.
You have a new album, can you tell us more about that?
It’s named Manhattan after the city where the band formed. Its 11 songs and a walloping 33 minute long.
You’re touring shortly are you looking forward to that?
Yes we are doing the UK with our buddies, Drowners. Should be crazy
What can people expect from your forthcoming Bristol gig?
Not sure! It will be show 1 of our tour. Anything can happen
Will you be coming to Wales sometime in the future?
Yes I hope so. Only place I haven’t been! Big fan of The Valleys show
Where can people hear your music?
Anywhere music is sold. ITunes, record store, the radio shouldn’t be hard