THE SUICIDE MACHINES, THE SLACKERS, THE CREEPSHOW, Space Chimp & DJ I-Lot @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

Fri Jun 21 2024

7:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Victoria Curling Club

1952 Quadra Street Victoria, BC V8T 4C2

$54.43

All Ages

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Our Saturday Curling Club show is truly for the punks and rudies. Making their Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival debut is Detroit, Michigan’s finest purveyors of punky grit and grime, THE SUICIDE MACHINES! Drawing influences from both Jamaican ska and brutal hardcore, the group’s sound is equal parts sour and sweet, with songs that will get you skanking one second and swirling in a chaotic mosh pit the next. Originally exploding onto the scene with their legendary debut album, 1996’s Destruction by Definition, the group quickly established itself as one of the most aggressive yet catchy groups to emerge from ska’s Third Wave. After brief flirtations with power-pop and hard rock around the turn of the millennium, The Suicide Machines brought back the ska and hardcore in a big way on the highly vicious and political A Match and Some Gasoline and War Profiteering is Killing Us All. The two LPs saw the band build upon their trademark sound and imbue it with a heavier focus on political rage, with lyrics criticizing the military-industrial complex, police violence, voter apathy, and several other topics that are every bit as important two decades later. With new music and a perpetually burning flame for social change, we can’t wait for these punk legends to grace our festival stage.

It wouldn’t be a proper 25th Anniversary Celebration without THE SLACKERS, would it? Originally appearing at the fourth annual Ska and Reggae Fest back in 2003, NYC’s kings of soulful ska are making their fourth appearance at the festival. Performing a blend of Caribbean riddims and tender Americana, the group has aptly christened its music “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll.” Offering exquisite musicianship and singer-organist Vic Ruggiero’s impassioned voice and lyrics, it’s easy to see why they’ve amassed a cult following around the globe. Much like The Suicide Machines, these guys are still putting out some of their strongest material 30 years into their career. Also joining us on the bill is Burlington Ontario’s THE CREEPSHOW. Perhaps Canada’s favorite psychobilly band, the group has perfected the blend of punk and vintage rock n’ roll, sporting big hair, bigger hooks, and a twisted love of the macabre. Opening the evening is Vancouver’s own SPACE CHIMP, whose punky reggae rock will bring some groovy BC vibes to the stage. Ska, hardcore, psychobilly, and reggae all under one roof? That’s the Ska and Reggae Fest for you. See you on the dancefloor!

THE SUICIDE MACHINES, THE SLACKERS, THE CREEPSHOW, Space Chimp & DJ I-Lot @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

  • The Suicide Machines

    The Suicide Machines

    Alternative Rock

    Detroit’s reigning kings of ska/punk The Suicide Machines are back in 2022 with ‘GEBO GOMI’; a new split LP with Tokyo Japan's Coquettish, out July 22 on Bad Time Records. While 2020s “Revolution Spring” proved that the band still had afire lit in them, The Suicide Machinesdisplay on this new split that they are not only at the top of their game, but possibly making thecatchiest, heaviest, and most relevant songs of their career. “Awake” is a TSM instant classicthat would fit equally well on “Destruction by Definition” as it would in an old school Tony Hawk game, while tracks like “Accelerate the Decline” and “Slipping Into Darkness” show that theband hasn’t lost an ounce of the edge and anger they carry about the crumbling state of theworld.These tracks are prescient, political, and pissed off, but also evoke the reckless joy that’s been a hallmark of the band’s catalogue. Mixed by Jon Graber (NOFX, Goldfinger, WeAre The Union), the band sounds poised and in control while not over-polished to maintain the grit and raw power that they bring to these new songs.
  • The Slackers

    The Slackers

    Reggae

    For over 30 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul. Since 1991, the Slackers have released fifteen albums and countless singles, while their 1000s of live performances feed their fans with energetic sets of ecstatic music.

    The press state that the Slackers are “the best ska band in the world” (Rude International), “the pick of the US crop” (Metal Hammer), “the sound of New York’ (New York Times), “is about as close to perfect as it gets” (Ink 19), and “one of the best bands in the United States” (axs.com).

    In April 2022, The Slackers released a new album, “Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” (Pirates Press) which quickly shot to the top of the US billboard charts. This is the first time that a Slackers’ album has charted! Ironically after 30 years as a band, this qualified them as a Billboard ‘new artist.’ The Washington Post noted that the Slackers “remain at the top of their game.”

    The chart topping performance of “Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” capped a 2 year comeback of the Slackers. When Covid stopped live shows in 2020, the Slackers pivoted to livestreams and made 5 full band concerts that were broadcast internationally. After the shows, they stayed in the studio and recorded the tunes that became Sunlight.

    Returning to live gigging in the 2nd half of 2021, the band celebrated their 30th anniversary with 30 shows across the United States and Canada.

    In 2022, the Slackers have 90 shows booked in the United States, Canada, UK, and Europe. At 31 years old, the band has been renewed and is looking to grow their cult following into its 4th decade. 

  • The Creepshow

    The Creepshow

    Punk

    For the past 12+ years The Creepshow have been smashing the whole damn world in the face with their brutaltastic mélange of punk, country, psychobilly and good old-fashioned rock n' roll.

    For fans of Rancid, Distillers, Bombpops, Social Distortion, Tiger Army, Dropkick Murphys.

    What the press are sayin':

    "Death At My Door is a near flawless and original take on punk rock, making for a must listen for long-time fans and new listeners alike." - Canadian Beats

    "The album is nothing but good, rollicking, blood-soaked fun. Highly recommended!” – All Music

    "Life After Death never stops sounding impeccable: everything pops in the mix, with each guitar riff, organ chord and background vocal decidedly in its right place.” – Exclaim!

    "At this point in the game The Creepshow can do no wrong. They might not have the most original premise, but their growing thematic awareness and tight melodies make for one hell of a psychobilly romp with little to no equal. A must have for creeps and punks alike." - PunkSite

    "The Creepshow have pushed the boundaries, which has worked in their favour and will keep fans listening to their music for years to come- just maybe not when the lights are off." – The LA Examiner

    "Fans of the Creepshow or even just the genre won’t want to miss this one as they’ve completed another solid chapter in their tale of Canadian punk rock glory." - Punkanormal Activity

    "This record is one of my favourites of the year, for its fun psychobilly energy but also its versatility and strong songwriting. Definitely worth checking out." - Music Addict

  • Space Chimp

    Space Chimp

    Reggae

  • DJ I-Lot

    DJ I-Lot

    Soul Jazz

    Legendary DJ of Garden City Soul Club - one of Victoria's longest running vintage soul/funk nights.

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THE SUICIDE MACHINES, THE SLACKERS, THE CREEPSHOW, Space Chimp & DJ I-Lot @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

Fri Jun 21 2024 7:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Victoria Curling Club Victoria BC
THE SUICIDE MACHINES, THE SLACKERS, THE CREEPSHOW, Space Chimp & DJ I-Lot @ Victoria's 25th Anniversary Ska & Reggae Festival

$54.43 All Ages

Our Saturday Curling Club show is truly for the punks and rudies. Making their Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival debut is Detroit, Michigan’s finest purveyors of punky grit and grime, THE SUICIDE MACHINES! Drawing influences from both Jamaican ska and brutal hardcore, the group’s sound is equal parts sour and sweet, with songs that will get you skanking one second and swirling in a chaotic mosh pit the next. Originally exploding onto the scene with their legendary debut album, 1996’s Destruction by Definition, the group quickly established itself as one of the most aggressive yet catchy groups to emerge from ska’s Third Wave. After brief flirtations with power-pop and hard rock around the turn of the millennium, The Suicide Machines brought back the ska and hardcore in a big way on the highly vicious and political A Match and Some Gasoline and War Profiteering is Killing Us All. The two LPs saw the band build upon their trademark sound and imbue it with a heavier focus on political rage, with lyrics criticizing the military-industrial complex, police violence, voter apathy, and several other topics that are every bit as important two decades later. With new music and a perpetually burning flame for social change, we can’t wait for these punk legends to grace our festival stage.

It wouldn’t be a proper 25th Anniversary Celebration without THE SLACKERS, would it? Originally appearing at the fourth annual Ska and Reggae Fest back in 2003, NYC’s kings of soulful ska are making their fourth appearance at the festival. Performing a blend of Caribbean riddims and tender Americana, the group has aptly christened its music “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll.” Offering exquisite musicianship and singer-organist Vic Ruggiero’s impassioned voice and lyrics, it’s easy to see why they’ve amassed a cult following around the globe. Much like The Suicide Machines, these guys are still putting out some of their strongest material 30 years into their career. Also joining us on the bill is Burlington Ontario’s THE CREEPSHOW. Perhaps Canada’s favorite psychobilly band, the group has perfected the blend of punk and vintage rock n’ roll, sporting big hair, bigger hooks, and a twisted love of the macabre. Opening the evening is Vancouver’s own SPACE CHIMP, whose punky reggae rock will bring some groovy BC vibes to the stage. Ska, hardcore, psychobilly, and reggae all under one roof? That’s the Ska and Reggae Fest for you. See you on the dancefloor!

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