The Story So Far:
The Hard Times are a 5-piece reggae/roots instrumental tsunami, busting out on the NYC underground in 2009 as part of a new wave of roots, reggae and soul. Their high-octane rhythm machine pumps out echoes of 60s reggae party music, skinhead-style, with a good dose of garage, surf and good old rock-n-roll explosions. They’ve quickly gained the attention of NYC bands, fans and producers following the vintage reggae revival, locally in New York City and online through their networking with a worldwide base of ska and reggae fans.
The Hard Times are regulars at ska/reggae club parties in Manhattan and Brooklyn, playing everything from loft parties to record label showcases. They have the crossover ability to wow the uptown world music crowd with their own flavor on old reggae rhythms, and go downtown or into the lofts of Bushwick to get the punks and skinheads skanking to their own original melodies and grooves. Along the way, they have become a go-to backing band for guest singers, toasters, MCs and poets who join the party in aclassic reggae showcase style.
The Hard Times are on everyone’s short list of hot NYC ska/reggae bands.
The Hard Times are:
Juan Cardenas: Bass
Sean Donnelly: Guitar
Poison Sumac: Keys
Bob Timm: Drums
Jacob Wake Up!: Guitar
Contact: Bob Timm
hardtimesreggae (at) gmail (dot) com