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New York-based rockers, SKATERS, have been one of the most talked about new acts so far this year, particularly after their dynamic performances at South By Southwest in Austin last month. After their headlining show at the Brighton Music Hall on Friday, April 12th, it’s no surprise why.
The band consists of Michael Ian Cummings (MIC) on vocals, Noah Rubin (NoNo B) on drums, and guitarist Joshua Hubbard (J. Hub). Cummings and Rubin spent a year trading demos between Los Angeles, where they were located, and London where Hubbard was located. The three finally met in person to create an art ‘zine, but ended up forming SKATERS as well. That was in 2012 they have not stopped gaining momentum since.
The show was presented by Fenway Recordings and began with performances from local band Creaturos as well as Italian DJ DJ Carbo. SKATERS came out at eleven o’clock sporting Hawaiian shirts and flat-brimmed hats to a crowd that was modest in size but gigantic with enthusiasm. They kicked off the set with “One of Us” , “Symptomatic” and “Mel” all of which can be expected on their debut full-length album to be released this summer.
Cummings thanked the crowd for having them saying that it was their first show in Boston. Other than that, though, the band didn’t say much. Their music—a bouncy blend of hip-hop, new wave, and punk that they refer to as “humblecore”—spoke for itself. Any interruption would have slowed down the non-stop momentum of the set. Rubin’s heavy drumming complimented Cummings’ smooth vocals perfectly and the crowd jumped around the foot of the stage.
“Fear of the Knife” off of their debut self-released EP Schemers—which the band formerly gave away for free on their website as an initial way to generate buzz—was also played. Audience members bought drinks for the band and handed them up from the floor. The offerings were graciously accepted and pounded on the spot. The set finished with “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” off of the seven inch that dropped on April 9th, and “Nice Hat” after which Cummings simply said “We’re SKATERS. Thanks, have a good night,” and the band left the stage.
The crowd chanted for the trio to return and in less than a minute that’s just what they did. The title track from Schemers served as the encore, during which time a mini- mosh pit formed at the foot of the stage. An audience member pushed over two of the amps on-stage but the band didn’t seem to mind. SKATERS are currently continuing their first ever headlining tour through May and will be playing Lollapalooza in August.