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I love their impulsive Ska and strong Soul, and the Latin touch is really great!!!
One of the best surprises this year!!"
Hervé Molia, Radio MDM,
described as "the most controversial ska band in America", the Adjusters
are out to smack the hell out of every lazy stereotype and cliche they can get
their hands on. They are not your typical ska band. Armed with a wide-ranging
command of musical styles and a flair for experimentation, the Adjusters have
grown from a college band playing basement parties to the leading ska-soul outfit
in the US. The band is often compared to artists as diverse as James Brown, The
Jam, Peter Tosh and Booker T and the MGs. Northern Soul, reggae, funk, traditional
ska, rare groove, hard jazz: this band does it all- with style to burn.
Adjusters were started in 1995 by a group of friends at the University of Chicago.
The band has always put their (socialist) politics up-front without being preachy
or boring. Their commitment led international reggae magazine "The Beat"
to call them "mods who mean it."
and many personnel changes later, the band is still committed to mixing the best
of Jamaican music with deep soul roots. The Adjusters' signature sound is a classic
mixture of the powerful Wilson Picket-style lead vocals backed up by sweet female
harmonies, the hard-hitting horn section, a strong organ and a rhythm section
adding the versatile anchor which allows the band to move so easily between styles.
The band gives 100% at every live show, delivering an electrifying set. They move
the crowd from slow grooves to all-out stompers, convincing young and old to chant
"Soul Power!" and move to the Adjusters' unique blend of Motown and
Kingston. Their live shows have made them infamous throughout the country, and
they have played with acts like The Skatalites, Bim Skala Bim, Jump With Joey
and the Slackers.
Adjusters are standing out with two releases this year:
To make their work
available on CD on this part of the pond (the albums "Politics of Style",
and "Before the Revolution", V.O.R. 210, have only been
available on vinyl over here), the near future will see the release of "Stormwarning:
An Adjusters Anthology (1996-2001)", a sort of a "Best Of"-album
which will also contain previously unreleased material. This will be followed
by a tour in the late summer and a brand new sensational studio album by the name
of "Otis Redding will Save America" - a sure challenge for the current
Jessica Basta Vocals
Daraka Kenric Vocals
Jason Packer Guitars
Matt Parker Organ, Piano
Adjusters Anthology (1996-2001)" CD Grover Records/SPV
the Revolution" CD Moon Ska Records / LP V.O.R.
"The Politics of
Style" CD Jump Up Records / LP V.O.R.
"Micheal Manley" 7"
EP Luxemburg Records
"Rebel Jam" EP 7" Black Pearl Records