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sreda, 6. julij 2005

22:00 - Twotonebinas
THE STINGERS ATX (ska, ZDA)

Konec avgusta, natančno dve leti nazaj, so Gromko obiskali skanksterji The Stingers ATX. Takrat še v naših krajih precej neznanemu bendu je prisluhnil do dobra zapolnjen Gromki avditorij, ki je za svojo prisotnost prejel veliko nagrado – odličen koncert, ki ga sigurno ni pozabil nihče. Sedaj se The Stingers ATX vračajo – v rahlo spremenjeni postavi in z odličnim novim albumom.

Tisti, ki so bili pred dvema letoma na koncertu, zagotovo niso pozabili zabavnega texaškega sedmerca, katerega zadnji del imena je sprožil veliko ugibanj o svojem pomenu. Pa ni bilo nič takšnega – ATX je le pripona s katero so se The Stingers ATX ločili od nekega drugega benda z enakim imenom, in z njo povedali, da gre v njihovem primeru za tiste Stingerse, ki prihajajo iz Austina v Texasu. V tem prašnem mestu so svojo glasbeno pot začeli kakšnih sedem let nazaj. Najprej so seveda prekoncertirali svojo okolico, se kasneje uspeli odpeljati tudi malo dlje, odlična glasba, pa jim je prislužila zaupanje in občudovanje največje evropske ska založbe – Grover records. Grover pa ni edini, ki jim je izrekel zaupanje. Poleg njega so to storili še številne sorodne skupine, ki so jih povabile na skupne koncerte in tudi nekatera najlegendarnejša imena ska glasbe kot sta recimo Laurel Aitken, Doreen Shaffer ki sta jih izbrala za svojo spremljevalno skupino.

The Stingers ATX, po svoji glasbeni podobi, zelo spominjajo na v teh krajih bolj znane The Slackers. Glasba The Stingers ATX je umirjena in zasanjana, kot bi valovala čez texaške širjave in prehaja od lahnih tradicionalističnih ska melodij, preko rocksteadyja, do lebdeče regejaških in ekstatično dubovskih ritmov ki se ustavijo v karibskem calypsu. Kljub temu, da so pred časom zamenjali kar tri člane ekipe, to ni vplivalo na njihovo kvaliteto in eprav je zadnji album All in a day posnet z novimi silami, za prejšnjima dvema ne zaostaja niti za piko, kar dokazujejo tudi številne pozitivne in navdušene kritike.

The Stingers ATX bodo Gromki oder zasedli predvidoma ob 22.00. Vstopnina bo 1200 sit. Karte pa je mogoče rezervirati na twotonebinas@yahoo.com.

Internetna stran: www.thestingers.net
Diskografija:
All in a Day (2004)
-Grover Records (Germany) CD, LP
-JumpUp Records (Chicago) CD
-Produced by Victor Rice
This Good Thing (U.S. - 2003)
-JumpUp Records - U.S. reissue
-Includes all material from Grover "This Good Thing" and "Three Points"
-Produced by Victor Rice
Three Points EP (2003)
-Grover Records CD
-Produced by Victor Rice
This Good Thing (Europe - 2003)
-Grover Records CD, LP
-Produced by Victor Rice
Big in Mississippi EP (2002)
-Grover Records 45
-Electric Entertainment CD
-Produced by Ter'ell Shaheed
The Stingers (2000)
-Electric Entertainment
-Produced by The Stingers

Press:
2005
In Music We Trust Feb 05 Alex Steininger
"This is true, in-the-blue ska music that goes back
to the roots and adds its own current touch."

2004
Austin Chronicle review of "All in a Day" 5/14/04 Raoul Hernandez:
"If the Stingers were any more old-school, they'd be the Skatalites.
'Pickup,' All in a Day's instrumental opener, skanks like a Studio One
master from early Sixties Jamaica. Wayne Myers' tarnished trombone,
chorused with guests Mace Hibbard (sax) and Rick White (trumpet),
sounds fresh out of the pawn shop – as "street" as a dirt road. Meyers,
who wrote 10 of the disc's dozen cuts, has the genre down, each
track's melodic simplicity matched by its streamlined groove. Less is
never too little."

2003
Austin Chronicle review of "This Good Thing" 2/7/03
Jerry Renshaw:
"Remember back in the mid-to-late Nineties when ska became the
flavor of the week? Back when bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones,
Goldfinger, and the Dancehall Crashers were floggin' it? Austin's Stingers
aren't anything like that. Ska is all about the groove, not speed, and the
Stingers mine a groove that's 15 feet deep and 6 feet wide."
(four stars)

Exclaim! (Canada) review of "This Good Thing" 2/5/03 Dan Cohen:
"The Stingers ATX received the best production that North American ska
has to offer, with Victor Rice taking the helm as producer for their first
release on Germany's Grover label. This Good Thing is a trad/ska album
in the vein of another one of best in North American ska: the Slackers.
Goddamn if it doesn't work though and the Stingers are the best traditional
ska band to come onto the scene in a long, long time - strong songs,
excellent vocal harmonies and some dabbling in soul and dub make for a
well-rounded CD."

Southern Ska review of "This Good Thing" 2/15/03
Niklas:
"Over the last 2-3 years it has been rare to discover any new upcoming
bands, but this thing from Austin's The Stingers is really, really good.
The sound is rather similar to that of The Slackers, but instead of a full
horn section these guys just make use of a trombone. And it works
brilliantly, most importantly because of the major songwriting ability
of front man Johnny Meyers. Virtually every song on this disc has a
great, original, memorable tune and the musicianship is equally solid.
Victor Rice (from NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, Stubborn All-stars etc.) has
also laid his Midas touch to the production, all in all creating the best
new ska release that I've listened to in this new millennium, and that's
no joke."


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