For most ska fans 1980 had to be the year. The music of The Specials along with Madness, The Beat , The Selecter and Bad Manners were the sounds on your radio. Britain was a bleak place back then, and the music that brightened those days were sounds of the great 2 Tone bands. It didn’t matter who you were or where you came from, it was a movement that united people and continues to this day.
Driven by a passion for this movement, 2 Rude were drawn together at the dawn of 2009 and have not looked back since. The band play the very best of the 2 Tone era, recreating the live sound of bands like The Specials, Madness, The Beat, Bad Manners and more. The band is made up of 7 first class musicians with a caliber that is second to none and a combined number of gigs literally in the thousands.
The band members in previous groups have supported the likes of Rancid, Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 to name but a few. In the short period of time that 2 Rude have been on the scene, they have grown in stature, playing sell-out shows and leaving audiences breathless and shouting for more. The band have collaborated with Hip Hop legends Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Benji Webb from ragga-metal band Skindred, Punk hero Ed Tudor Pole and even Roddy Radiation from The Specials. They have also played support slots for 2 Tone stars The Selecter and Bad Manners.
The bands repertoire is literally bursting at the seems, with songs representing the very best of what a real live ska band is. The live show has to be seen to be appreciated, the result of which being a band in a great demand with a whole string of bookings. 2 Rude are as authentic as a fist full of ska, and will not disappoint.