Before any music: a field recording of a distant, rumbling subway car set against a canned Casio-SK1 beat. This is the first of many conversation snippets and other “day-in-the-life” fragments that open songs on SKATERS’ debut album, Manhattan. These traces of “city as text” are a not so subtle indicator that SKATERS are writing of, about, and within New York City. Their album becomes something like a living document (or shifting palimpsest) where the city fuels the art and vice versa. By tying together sounds, stories, and influences from their lives, SKATERS assembled a portrait of the young man’s rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle in New York City.