the Slackers are involved in and support the Ecstatic Mourning revue 

The ‘Ecstatic Mourning Revue’ is a righteous, ramshackle, joyous-in-the-face-of despair musical/visual extravaganza. We’re on the lookout for collaborators for Songs of Ecstatic Mourning, the working title of a still open-ended project that will be we hope a very joyous, very soulful, very choral, very melancholic, very lunatic bit of conscious musical journeying. We’re facing a pretty tempestuous, uncertain future as climate chaos kicks in and the end of oil forces all kinds of changes upon us, some positive, some pretty scary. Most of what we hear about this is strangely detached and factual – we think it’s time for some crazy, heartfelt, radical music to help inspire us to resist the madness and to propel us into the most positive future possible. This could be a properly structured ‘musical’ with a narrative running through it, or just a collection of songs played by a gang of musicians, with spoken word stuff in between. It needs plenty of voices, with almost a gospel vibe at times (although we don’t have religious beliefs ourselves). It needs to hit you in the gut, as well as having a good streak of dark humour. We’d like it to work outside, preferably in the street, and possibly while on the move, New Orleans-style. As well as musical types, there’s sure to be a place for visual artists, costume-makers, film-makers, photographers etc., in case that’s what you do. Maybe we’ll hear from you soon – please write to ecstaticmourning@riseup.net Thanks for reading and good luck to all of us in 2007 and beyond. Love and blossomism from various ecstatically mournful ragamuffins PS. In case you’re wondering, the name came up when one of us was trying to describe what it was like dancing to James Brown after hearing of his death…

http://www.myspace.com/ecstaticmourningrevue