The Adjusters - USA


"... 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, France

Once 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.

The 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."

Years 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.

The 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", V.O.R. 207,
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 Ska scene!

The Adjusters are:
Jessica Basta Vocals
Daraka Kenric Vocals
Oscar Owens Drums, Programs
Jason Packer Guitars
Matt Parker Organ, Piano
Eric Basta Bass

"Stormwarning: An
Adjusters Anthology (1996-2001)" CD Grover Records/SPV
"Before 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