12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skaters have a long way to go before joining such Big Apple luminaries as The Ramones and Blondie, but with their debut album they've taken the first step: they've written a collection of songs all about what it's like to be young in New York City (one's even called "To Be Young in NYC"). Mixing a palette of sounds as diverse as the record's titular borough—garage rock, new wave, dub, reggae, electro—the four-piece paint a vivid picture of the long nights and bleary-eyed mornings that characterize coming of age in a city that never sleeps. Accented by samples and vocal snippets—of the subway, of a woman complaining about apartment hunting—the tunes whiz by with the fervor of a taxi at rush hour. "Band Breaker" is a lilting reggae track in the spirit of The Clash; "Deadbolt" borrows Billy Idol's libidinous snarl; "Miss Teen Massachusetts" is the kind of lackadaisical anthem The Strokes pioneered. When frontman Michael Ian Cummings assesses his hipster peers as "a generation of jerks," it epitomizes the love-hate relationship so many have with the city.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skaters have a long way to go before joining such Big Apple luminaries as The Ramones and Blondie, but with their debut album they've taken the first step: they've written a collection of songs all about what it's like to be young in New York City (one's even called "To Be Young in NYC"). Mixing a palette of sounds as diverse as the record's titular borough—garage rock, new wave, dub, reggae, electro—the four-piece paint a vivid picture of the long nights and bleary-eyed mornings that characterize coming of age in a city that never sleeps. Accented by samples and vocal snippets—of the subway, of a woman complaining about apartment hunting—the tunes whiz by with the fervor of a taxi at rush hour. "Band Breaker" is a lilting reggae track in the spirit of The Clash; "Deadbolt" borrows Billy Idol's libidinous snarl; "Miss Teen Massachusetts" is the kind of lackadaisical anthem The Strokes pioneered. When frontman Michael Ian Cummings assesses his hipster peers as "a generation of jerks," it epitomizes the love-hate relationship so many have with the city.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Dorianiscool19 ,

Nice Chill Music XD!!!

This band has great potential reminding me of the Black Keys and Green Day starting out which is so awesome lol. The whole album is pretty chill honestly having cool catchy beats and the lyrics flow quite nice through the whole album. Final Verdict 8.5/10 they have so much potential to be the next big thing!!!

Cmo1990 ,

Snarly, scuzzy homage to early-Strokes

Skaters cruise down 2003-era alleyways and pave fresh NYC streets with their raw, indie-rock debut "Manhattan." Highlights include: Miss Teen Massachusetts, Deadbolt, & Schemers.

sommerkay ,

Amazing debut.

I've been counting down the days for the release of this album. Seriously can't say enough about what an eclectic, fun listen this whole record is. It's the first album in a while that has made me this excited. Do yourself a favor and fall in love with the Skaters!

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