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The Chancers

The Chancers were formed in the summer of 1998, when a group of like-minded musicians combined for a one off concert. Since then the band line up has changed dramatically as they have taken their ideas and music around the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Austria and Hungary, playing anywhere with a floor and an audience keen to embrace their interpretation of the ska sound. Highlights of the past years include playing on the first Prague concert of English Two Tone legends The Selecter (later supported them in Vienna as well), sharing the bill with visiting modern ska bands like Skunk, Spunge, The Hotknives and The Blaster Master, and an invitation to perform at the Sziget festival in Budapest, where The Chancers stole the show with their energetic dance stylings.

On the recording front the band followed up their Tuffer Than Tomorrow EP with a full album, Rudeboy Polka , released on their own label. The album has garnered favourable reviews from a number of publications including Rolling Stone, Show!, Big Beng and Rock&Pop magazines, not to mention a clutch of ska fanzines across Europe and North America. On their most recent release, the four track Teach the Rich ep The Chancers have broken new ground by working with top Czech remixers Nana Zorin and DJ Wich (voted as DJ of the year 2001 in Czech Grammy Awards). Their position as the top ska band in the Czech Republic was confirmed by a band profile and interview on Czech Television's flagship music programme, Letadlo, and frequent airplay on national and local radio.

Simon Ruffskank: vocals
Stephen Elder: vocals, banjo
Marco McKee: guitar, vocals, harmonica
Milan Srba: alt sax
Honza Vedral: tenor sax
Pavel Homer: keyboards
BigB: bass guitar
Vagi: drums

1999 Tuffer Than Tomorrow EP (Slavska)
2001 Rudeboy Polka LP (Slavska)
2002 International Reggaemartxaska (Skunk Diskak, compilation, details on skunkdiskak.free.fr)
2002 Teach The Rich EP (Slavska)
2003 Friendly Fire LP (U:Bahn)