New York City is and always will be a hot bed for successful bands. Bands like the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, and of course the Ramones. Taking note from all those successes, Skaters debut release Manhattan is a touch of home for the group. “We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band,” singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings says about his group of young rockers. With samplings of sounds from around the city, Manhattan is truly a look inside the band members’ lives with their closest family and friends.