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Keyser Soze is an original reggae/ska/soul band with a strong jazz background. The sextet was formed in Reno, NV in 1998 by Jammal Tarkington and Rodney Teague. Keyser Soze has made a strong presence for themselves by regular regional touring and by being in the position to share the stage with some of the best drawing headliners, including Michael Franti, The English Beat, The Wailers, The Aggrolites, Steel Pulse, and The Skatalites, to name a few.
In 2003, Keyser Soze released "Revenge", a highly energetic and eclectic record that established their presence on the scene. After many years of gigging and personnel changes, the group settled on it's current lineup, the core of which has been going strong since 2009.
"But Not For You" was released in 2011 and features a more streamlined approach to ska/reggae music. The record also pushed them into international markets by attaining distribution through Rocking Records, from Germany.
"The Remedy" is Keyser Soze's new release for 2013. The recording is evidence of a band that has been playing and writing together for a considerable amount of time. It's a record that sets Keyser Soze apart from many of it's contemporaries by showcasing a truly unique and identifiable sound. It also features many guest artists, such as The Aggrolites' Roger Rivas and the incomparable Lauren Nagel, formerly of The Soul Captives. This release is being distributed by Rocking Records in Europe, and by Megalith Records in North America.
The band has just returned from it's inaugural tour of Europe, where they established a strong following and plan to return on an annual basis.