Slow Gherkin

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Slow Gherkin
Slow Gherkin in 2004
Background information
Origin Santa Cruz, California, United States
Genres Third Wave Ska
Ska punk
Alternative rock
Years active 1993–2002
Labels Asian Man Records
Associated acts Dan P. and the Bricks
Members A.J. Marquez
Zach “ZK” Kent
Phil Boutelle
James Rickman
Brigham Housman
Josh “Monty” Montgomery
“Polka” Peter Cowan
Rob Pratt
Matt Porter
Zack “Ollie” Olsen
Achilles Poloynis
Ross Peard
Brendan Thompson

Slow Gherkin was an American ska punk band from Santa Cruz, California.

Slow Gherkin was formed in 1993 by AJ Marquez, Zack "ZK" Kent, Phil Boutelle, and James Rickman; they released their first album, Double Happiness, which was distributed by Asian Man Records, on July 29, 1996. They released their second album, Shed Some Skin, in 1998. In 2002, the band released Run Screaming, their final album. The band played a farewell show on August 17 of the same year, but played a sold-out reunion concert at Santa Cruz's Rio Theater on June 18, 2011.


  • Death of a Salesman (1994) (7″ vinyl)
  • Double Happiness (1996) (CD and 12″ vinyl)
  • Shed Some Skin (1998) (CD and 12″ vinyl)
  • Another in Your Life (1998) (7″ vinyl)
  • Invisible Tank Slow Gherkin/Jeffries Fan Club split (1998) (CD)
  • Slow Gherkin/RX Bandits split (1999) (CD)
  • Roman Holiday (Collection: 1998-2000) (CD)
  • Run Screaming (2002) (CD)
  • Hatchet Job Slow Gherkin/Caezer Soze split (2004) (CD)
  • Death of a Ska Band: Rarities 1994–2002 (2011) (CD)

Current projects[edit]

In 2007, Rickman started The Stitch Up, with MU330 front man Dan Potthast. He plays the bass and adds backup vocals. Matt Porter and A.J. Marquez are currently in a group The Huxtables.