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Whatever floats your boat: The Slackers play in cities they haven’t been to in a long time

The Slackers are touring support of their EP “My Bed is a Boat.” The band will play Albuquerque for the first time in 11 years.

The Slackers are touring support of their EP “My Bed is a Boat.” The band will play Albuquerque for the first time in 11 years.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — David Hillyard is looking forward to his new tour. It’s not for the fact that he gets to be on the road again, but the actual journey he will take.

Hillyard is the sax player for the New York-based indie band The Slackers. This tour marks the first time the band will hit some cities in more than a decade.

“I decided to reach out through social media and see where the fans would like us to go,” he says during a recent phone interview. “One of the cities that turned up was Albuquerque. We haven’t performed in the city in 11 years. We’ve missed you guys.”

Hillyard and the band, which includes Marcus Geard, Vic Ruggiero, Glen Pine, Jay Nugent and Ara Babajian, are touring in support of the 2013 EP “My Bed is a Boat.”

Hillyard says the EP took the band longer than anticipated.

“When you have six strong-minded individuals, it can get tough,” he says. “There is a lot of conversation among us when it comes to music. In the end, it works out for the best. We always get the sound we’re trying to achieve.”

Another reason the EP took a long time was that the band needed to wait for it to be pressed on vinyl.

“We’ve always had a certain amount of stuff released on vinyl,” he says. “Nowadays, fans are wanting vinyl more, which creates a backlog of sorts. All of the vinyl pressers are independent and small, so ordering takes time.”

Hillyard says the band has figured out a lot of things about recording since forming in 1991. It does all of its recording in digital and analog.

“Then that’s when we all turn into critics and the editing process begins,” he says.

While the band has released more than 10 albums and toured since 1991, Hillyard says it has slowed down a bit. The Slackers now do about 100 shows a year and go out on tour for about two weeks at a time.

“We all have families of our own now,” he says. “It’s harder to leave. But we all also enjoy performing and traveling. We’re just trying to make it easier on ourselves with touring these days.”


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