Huntington, NY 5-piece The Scofflaws were recently announced as an additional act on the first year of Apple Stomp, and what an excellent inclusion for this already incredible lineup! Blending Ska, Rocksteady, and RnB, The Scofflaws brings as much attitude to their performances as they do groove. Good shit!!!
NYC was and is an epicenter in US Ska music (every other genres, too) and The Scofflaws have long been a band that you can count on to bring a great show, so let’s give it up to some hometown heroes when they take the stage at Irving Plaza on June 1ST! I got in touch with Richard “Sammy” Brooks (tenor sax/vocals) to talk about their extensive history, what we can expect when they take the stage at Irving Plaza on June 1st, and a few bits on what 2013 has in store for the group.
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Introduce the members in the group… Who is everyone, what do they play, and where does everyone come from?
R- John Soldo (drums) and I are from Huntington, Brian Duggan (bass) is from Kings Park, and both Greg Bucking (guitar) and Jared Dubin (trombone) are from Brooklyn.
G- So tell us a bit about your take on the NYC/LI Ska scene… How do you feel about the current state of NYC SKA and how are the responses at your shows?
R- The response from many of the crowds has been off the charts! People still dig Ska, and that’s good to see.
It seems like there’s a resurgence in the Ska scene; like it’s reaching the next generation. Also, people from the old days are starting to show up again at shows.
G- What’s currently in the works with The Scofflaws? Any plans to hit the studio or road in the near future?
R- We’ve recorded some new tracks and are in the mixdown phase of our new album. We’ll be hitting the road this fall and going to Philadelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., Richmond, Va., and Atlanta, Ga.
G- As some of your lyrics clearly express, you guys seem like a rocking group of guys! Are you guys still a party band, or generally pretty mellow? What kind of beers and booze do you want people bringing up to you onstage this time around?
R- Yes we are still a party band; Ska is party music. Ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bombay Sapphire Gin and seltzer work, but we really prefer weed!
G- What should your fans, both old and new, expect of the performances when you guys hit the road? What should some of the first time listeners expect to see when you take the stage?
R- They should expect to get hit in the head with our own bag of Ska. First time listeners should expect that we show up almost on time.
G- You’ve been in the music game for a while and have share stages with a multitude of acts, but are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? If you could go on tour with a feasible 3-band dream lineup, who would you want to go on tour with?
R- Bad Manners because we love them so much. We’d love to share a bill with Toots and the Maytals and of course Bad Manners.
G- What is the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
R- It’s tough to say because there have been so many memorable, crazy shows from Europe to Brooklyn. And you never know if the next show will be the most memorable.
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
R- Stick it out the back window and let it blow!