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The Local Skank / Press

“On Tuesday, April 26, concertgoers at One Eyed Jacks were treated to such a rock show, where high-energy Japan-by-way-of Brooklyn absurdist punk band Peelander-Z made its second stop in the city in as many years, joined by a supporting cast equally as wild and energetic. Openers the Local Skank, a New Orleanean all-girl-and-one-guy third wave ska band, took the stage with kick drum mic’ed to the high heavens and the bass amp turned up to eleven. With the rhythm section practically shaking the entire venue, the group’s leads – face-painted and Hot Topic-costumed – worked the crowd with a playful tongue-in-cheek horrorcore send-up of rock n’ roll femininity (House of a Thousand Tina Weymouths?) that included teaching audience members how to skank, stopping their set for a round of shots, and encouraging the crowd to yell “fuck” as loud as possible.”

“The Local Skank could probably skate by on the genius of their name alone but they also happen to be an amazing band! As the cover girls (and guy) of last year’s birthday issue, we learned that they’re all pretty friendly with each other and on top of some serious chops, make for a truly unforgettable show-going experience. And the Local Skank gets around! They’ll be heading off mid-month to take their wacky, ska-punk-fueled good times on tour. In the meantime, look for their awesome calendar, which should be coming out this summer. Each month is a blast. Friendship, travel, exciting PR, ska-punk-- what a great resume!”

“Usually clad in costumes ranging from pirates to Japanese school girls (the male drummer excepted, of course), the Local Skank is determined to stand out. After months of writing and rehearsing, The Local Skank’s first show was a packed Banks Street Bar gig in December 2008 with the Round Pegs; “Our first show was exciting and nerve-wracking all at once,” says trombone player Ashley Shabankareh. “To keep ourselves less freaked out, we acted like silly dorks.” But the band wasn’t in the clear yet. The result is “ska-ish, energetic, effervescent, and drinkable,” jokes trumpet player Kreiger-Benson. “We filter all different types of music through our instrumentation.””