Most promising young bands leave South By Southwest with some new buzz, good press and bellies full of free tacos and Lone Star beer. Then again, most bands aren’t SKATERS. The NYC-based rockers actually managed to get thrown out of their own showcase after having “too much fun” and sorta-kinda tackling a bouncer. But don’t let their wild ways distract you. These guys are making some of the best post-punk this side of the 1980s.
One of the coolest things about SKATERS is the way they take an old school, DIY approach to this business of rock ‘n’ roll. The band recorded their debut album, Manhattan, in New York’s iconic Electric Lady Studio, built by and for Jimi Hendrix in the late 60s. They also run a zine called YONKS in their spare time, featuring work by some of their friends and favorite artists back home.
What else should you know about SKATERS? Well, none of the band members actually know how to skate. (They just chose the name because they dug how open and inclusive skating culture is.) They go way back with LouFest alum Twin Shadow, who recently did a killer remix of their song “Deadbolt.” Oh, there’s also their unhealthy obsession with pizza, which is well-documented on Instagram.
Ready to dance to SKATERS at LouFest? (It doesn’t matter if you know how…) Get pumped and check out songs like “Miss Teen Massachusetts” and “Deadbolt” on their debut album, Manhattan.