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The Impalers / Bio

The Impalers are a San Francisco-based early reggae, rocksteady and soul group featuring an all-star lineup of veteran musicians from bands like Skankin' Pickle, Let's Go Bowling, The Rudiments, 78 RPM's and The Inciters. The heart of The Impalers lies in the deep traditions of Jamaican music.

The Impalers take the very best of 60's and 70's reggae-the deep grooves of the The Soul Vendors, and The Harry J Allstars along with the melodic sensibilities of Phyllis Dillon, Dawn Penn and Horace Andy. They infuse these rhythms with the soul of Aretha Franklin and the Memphis Horns and add the funky sound of The Meters. Together it creates the potent mix that is The Impalers sound. Electrifying and undeniable. Live, the band is the ultimate reggae n’soul shakedown, with deep, in-your-face grooves that attract big and diverse crowds.

The Impalers have shared the stage with such great acts as Derrick “The Chariot” Harriot, Roy “a.k.a. Mr. Symarip” Ellis, The Aggrolites, The Slackers, The English Beat, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, among many, many more. They have also played Reggae On The River 2011, Vans Warped Tour 2010 and a tour of Europe which included the famous Rude Cat Festival 2008 in Girona, Spain.

Originally formed as the studio band for the Axe Records label, The Impalers started laying tracks for vocalists and instrumentalists and released a number of singles to critical acclaim, including the single "Darling I Will Stay," which featured vocalist Alana Turner from the world-renowned Northern Soul outfit, The Inciters. Axe Records helped launch the careers of The Aggrolites, another reggae powerhouse, with the release of their first LP, "Dirty Reggae" in 2003.

The increasing reputation of the band, both in the US and oversees grew with their studio releases, as well as the call for The Impalers to play live and become more than simply a studio group. As it turned out, this public demand dovetailed with an explosion of musical ideas from within the band - prolific songwriting and musical experimentation soon made The Impalers realize they had more to say musically and it was time to take the show on the road.

Vocalist Cindy Chi appeared and what was to be collaboration became permanent. Her vocal power was immediately recognized by the band as the final element they needed. She locks in the lineup that includes Cindy Cook (Lead Vocals), Aaron Taunton (Bass) Brent Willson (Guitar) Lars Nylander (Organ, Piano, Vocals) Randy Odell (Drums), Craig Mazzerra (Percussion), Scott Larson (Trombone)

The Impalers, being reggae purists, delight in vintage reggae DJ culture. They have a number of 45 rpm vinyl singles. Three appear on Axe Records and one on Moondust Records. They also have a full length CD titled "Blood, Rum & Reggae" on Axe Records in the US, Scorcha Records in Germany and Ska Around The World in Japan.

They have recently finished recording an incredible 4 song CDEP which will also be released as 2 separate 45 rpm vinyl singles in the Summer of 2012 on Moondust Records.

General Info

Band Members
Cindy Chi: Vox, Lars Nylander: Keys/Vox, Brent Willson: Guitar/Vox, Randy Odell: Drums, Aaron Taunton: Bass, Scott Larson: Trombone, Craig Mazzerra: Percussion
Artist Name
The Impalers
Home Page
Reggae / Reggae/Rocksteady / R n' B, Soul

Contact Info

San Francisco, CA