Rockshot Interview: Vic Ruggiero. Tidings From The Road.
Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers in Cologne, 22 July 2014 (Imelda Michalczyk)
It’s the final night of The Slackers‘ European tour and I’m speeding down the autobahn towards Cologne in a car withVic Ruggiero. A perfect setting, it would seem, to talk about life on the road.
The Slackers have played a show every night for a month across the continent, seemingly never tiring of touring after more than twenty years. As the rest of this New York ska/rocksteady/reggae/rock’n’roll band pack their bags to head home, their charismatic frontman is staying in Europe and on the road with his latest side project, recording and touring with Jesse Wagner [The Aggrolites] and Nico Leonard [The Moon Invaders].
Vic’s credits include not only the mighty output of The Slackers but also an array of solo records, side projects and collaborations, whilst his keyboard skills have been featured on records by artists as diverse as Rancid and Pink.
With songs that traverse a labyrinth of subjects, from murder and heartbreak to government propaganda and wrought family relationships, Vic is a fascinating and prolific artist.
As German towns fly past the window, Vic talks about inspiration, the mystery of songwriting and why The Slackers never quite get off the bus.
Can you tell me about the songwriting process and where you draw your inspiration from?