Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ SKATERS

Skaters Michael Ian Cummings, Noah Rubin, Dan Burke, and Joshua Hubbard are SKATERS, a punk-rock band based in New York. The band’s highly anticipated debut record Manhattan is set for release in February, 2014. And ahead of its release, AMBY spoke with SKATERS’ drummer Noah about their new single Deadbolt, Drowners, and wanting to open a bar together. Learn more about the rad rockers here:

AMBY: Hello SKATERS, thanks for speaking with AMBY today. What have you recently been up to?

SKATERS: We spent the last months months touring, mostly UK. We’re now back home, getting back in our daily routine. Our studio in Dumbo during the day, the corner of 7th and A at night.

AMBY: Where did the name SKATERS come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?

SKATERS: The band was called Skaters before the band existed. It made it easy to form the music. It had been thrown around cuz Mike’s sister always said, “later skater”. As you get older, you can get really hung-up on how important your art is and all the meaning behind it, but when you’re just a kid skating around town, everything just so simple and fun. I guess that’s the idea.

AMBY: You’ve just dropped an awesome single, Deadbolt. What inspired the new track?

SKATERS: Deadbolt was inspired by a shooting we saw outside our studio. A bunch of helicopters surrounded a building across the street. It was mayhem. Turned out the culprit had been shooting at cops from his apartment. It was meant to detail the danger you sometimes forget about in NYC; it just kind of pops up every once in a while.

AMBY: You release your debut album Manhattan in February. What’s the significance behind the LP’s title?

SKATERS: None of the members were living in Manhattan when the band formed, everyone had in the past, but we moved actually here from different corners of the world, (Dan from Boston, Mike from LA, Noah was in Martha’s Vineyard, Josh in Northern England. Everything changed, Manhattan made the record. The title was as obvious as the band name.

AMBY: Looking forward to the upcoming release of Manhattan; how would you describe the feel of the album?

SKATERS: It’s essentially punk inspired by the late 70’s early 80’s new york stuff. There’s some clash vibes. We took some hip hop techniques in making a lot of these tracks; using heavy sub synths under punk beats, or sampling old drum machines. I wouldn’t say it sounds like the beastie boys, but we definitely were listening to a lot of Paul’s Boutique around that time.

AMBY: Music stimulates a variety of senses; do any senses stand out as triggers to inspire your music?

SKATERS: It’s definitely meant to be visual. We have a few “in-between” tracks to give you the sense you’re in the city.

AMBY: Which other artists from Brooklyn should we keep our eyes on?

SKATERS: Drowners! but they’re not from Brooklyn, they’re from Manhattan, like uz.

AMBY: If you had to describe each member in the band with one word, which word would define them?

SKATERS: Mike-Leonardo, Dan-Donatello, Josh-Michalangelo, Noah-Raphael, Nick(our manager)-splinter.

AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?

SKATERS: Tough call…. let’s just give it to Yeezus, he’s seemed pretty down recently.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about SKATERS that nobody knows yet?

SKATERS: We all want to open a bar together. We’ve got ideas….

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Thank you SKATERS, for giving us your answers!

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