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The Managers

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How do you fit themes of love, jealousy, karma, anti-war and planetary annihilation into an 18-minute reggae, ska/rocksteady EP?

Leave it to Auckland-based stalwarts of Aotearoa-Ska, Managers.

Turning their ears and talents to producing a roots/reggae piece of work, Managers have delivered a mellifluous, riff-laden “roots” gem, entitled The Grove St Tapes, while retaining their tongue-in-cheek signature style.

This bittersweet 4-track was written in the basement of a Grey Lynn flat in Grosvenor St, a punk flat where the band jammed and rehearsed for many years.

Recorded and mixed at The Lab by the band’s sax player and professional sound engineer, Tom Anderson, the sound and tone of the Grove St Tapes was inspired by Virgin Records’ short-lived sub-label, Frontline Records. It has captured the unique 1978-1980 Jamaican production similar in sound and composition to The Gladiators, Culture, Sly Dunbar and the Abyssinians.

The cover artwork (painted by drummer, Simon Frost) is symbolic of the band’s endurance and renewal throughout its two-decades tenure. A Kiwi take on the ancient ‘ouroboros’ symbol of a serpent swallowing its own tail, the artwork was inspired by track two “What Goes Around”, a lyrical message about karma both good and bad.


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  • WTFortissimo

    ALready a top listener, yuss :D I got these guys cd a few days ago, its been on repeat since :D

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • gusnick

    Managers NZ Ska band have dropped the The off their name,but are still playing Awsome Live Ska/Reggae. Check out new EP on called "The Grove St Tapes" will try to upload to Last FM when I work out how. Also check them on Facebook. They are not a UK Band,it's just one member left the Band in 2007 and returned to UK. There seems to be a mix up with an english band,an Italian band, all called The Managers. Cheers, Justine, Bass Player Nick's wife and biggest Fan.

    30 May 2010 Reply