PILFERS | SGT. SCAGNETTI | CESCHI & ANONYMOUS INC - SAT. MAY 12th, At PACIFIC STANDARD TAVERN, NEW HAVEN
Pilfers are an American ska band out of NYC, formed in 1997, by former Toasters vocalist, Coolie Ranx, they play an infectious, unique sound that blends pop, reggae, hardcore, dub, punk, and ska. Their sound, dubbed raggacore fuels their intense live performances that encourage constant crowd participation.
The band released one demo tape and played many New York City area shows, before self-releasing their debut, self-titled album, in 1998. Response was positive enough, that the band was signed to Mojo Records, and they released Chawalaleng, one year later.
Soon after their major label debut, Anna Milat-Meyer and James Blanck, left the group. Anna Milat-Meyer took a position, playing bass, in Latin Jazz band, Los Mas Valientes. Carl Barc, of the band Ever Since Day One, took over on bass and Dave Karcich, formerly of Spring Heeled Jack, took over on drums. The band continued to tour, and build a strong fanbase. The band recorded a live show at CBGB's, intending for it to be released on CD. The album would never see release though, since the band split up on July 13, 2001.
Soon after the breakup Coolie Ranx started a solo career, recording and playing shows around the world with back up band Fear Nuttin' Band. Nick Bacon joined Lost City Angels, who were looking for a second guitarist. Nobile, Barc and Karcich, joined with Spring Heeled Jack guitarist, Mike Pellegrino to perform as Cenzo for a World Trade Center benefit show in 2001. Karcich also took the drum position in Avoid One Thing, a band fronted by former Mighty Mighty Bosstones bass player, Joe Gittleman.
Karcich suffered a sudden brain aneurysm and died on April 5, 2002. Eight months later, a tribute show was held at Toad's Place, in honor of Karcich. During a performance by Cenzo, Nobile and Barc welcomed Coolie Ranx and Nick Bacon onstage for a brief Pilfers reunion.
On November 4, 2005, the original five members of Pilfers, reunited at the Knitting Factory, in New York City for a sold-out show. Two more reunion shows took place at the same location on May 6, 2007 and January 25, 2008.
Coolie Ranx continued with his solo career as Vinny Nobile continued with Cenzo who promoted their album Maybe Now. Nick Bacon continued to pursue other musical projects in New York City, making his film debut in the 2007 Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant film, Music and Lyrics. In 2009, he appeared on Rescue Me as a member of Mike Lombardi's band, Apache Stone.
In 2008, the Pilfers performed nine shows outside of NYC, including six shows in November with Sonic Boom Six. The Pilfers performed two shows on the second leg of the Ska is Dead 4 tour. They played on November 14, 2009 at the Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA, and November 15, 2009 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The Pilfers performed for a Haiti benefit concert at the Knitting Factory on April 23, 2010 with Karen Gibson Roc, Tsunami Rising, and Across The Aisle.
In November 2011, Connecticut's Asbestos Records and Chicago, IL's Underground Communiqué Records launched a fundraiser together on Kickstarter to release The Pilfer's self-titled album on vinyl, among other third-wave ska classics from The Pietasters, Edna's Goldfish, and Suburban Legends. If the funding goal was met by January 18, 2012, the records were scheduled to be released later in the year.
In 2013, Pilfers toured with Reel Big Fish across the U.S. and Canada. Joining for this tour was Ben Basile (bass) and Billy Kottage (trombone/keys). In addition, The Pilfers, with their original lineup, headlined a show at The Gramercy Theater on January 19, 2014. This show marked the first time that Coolie Ranx and his son, singer-songwriter/rapper Mark U, will share the same stage.
Sgt. Scag (aka Sgt. Scagnetti) was a fixture on the Northeast ska/punk scene in the late 1990s. Migrating from a ska-pop outfit into a harder more frantic sound, the bands live shows were unpredictable and fun. Songs about dysfunctional parenting, revenge fantasies and drug abuse developed into teen center anthems. After an 18 year break (with a reunion show or two thrown in along the way) the band is back. Not a reunion show, but actively writing and recording new material about the drug of nostalgia, illegal firework salesmen and trust fund baby bands. They will play the old stuff too. Dont worry.
On their way to warm up for the Supernova International Ska Festival the band will of course play a show in New Haven, CT. After all, New Haven is the town Sgt. Scag would tell audience goers in other states they were from. No one knows where Seymour or Hamden is right?
CESCHI & ANONYMOUS INC
New Haven CTs Ceschi (pronounced chess-key) Ramos makes his own version of progressive hip hop spliced with elements of folk & indie rock. Although he has almost mathy technical rap abilities, hes a singer-songwriter at heart. One Ceschi song may consist of punk influenced machine gun fast raps, the next may be a quiet folk ballad played on acoustic guitar.
Pacific Standard Tavern, New Haven CT (View)
212 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06510
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|