Not many bands get the privilege of working alongside musicians and producers they love. The Toasters are one such band to have done so (creating record labels Moon Ska Records in the '80s and Megalith in the 2000s), and they've been doing it that way for going on 35 years. Born in 1981, they were developing a sound straight out of the British ska persuasion of the late '70s and early '80s -- bands like The English Beat and The Selecter.
Guitarist and singer Robert "Bucket" Hingley tells New Times that of the two two-tone acts, "[The] Selecter was [his] favourite as they were more on the reggae tip, wrote more of their own songs and had an awesome guitar player: Neol Davies."
At the same time, Hingley was adding a twist of soul/rhythm and blues flavor -- Chuck Berry, Motown artists, and the like -- that he had been listening to since childhood.More »