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The Expanders began playing reggae music together in the summer of 2003, and today are one of the hardest working reggae bands in Southern California. They have come to be known for their vintage “rockers” style of reggae, played in the tradition of classic 1970′s Jamaican groups like The Ethiopians, The Gladiators and The Mighty Diamonds. Their music is centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong song writing, with lyrics that range from socially heavy, to playful and upbeat, to personal.

The songs on the self-titled “The Expanders” album were recorded between 2006 and 2010. The band took the time to develop this recording with the goal that the music have an authentic vintage Jamaican sound. To achieve this type of recording, they enlisted the mixing skills of engineer Jay Bonner, original bass player for The Aggrolites, who now runs the JanDisc record label. The tracks themselves were all laid down at the famous Killion Studios, owned and operated by engineer Sergio Rios, himself an in-demand musician (most notably as guitarist for Orgone, The Lions, and Breakestra.)

So, as time permitted during the busy schedules of all involved, the songs were composed and performed and recorded live in a few takes in the vintage Jamaican tradition with few overdubs.

The response to the debut album has been great since it's release in March, 2011. The band's record release party in Los Angeles was sold out and they have been receiving great reviews and response at reggae and college radio around the U.S.
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All band members are self-taught musicians; Devin Morrison sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar, John Butcher sings harmonies and plays lead guitar, Chiquis Lozoya also contributes vocal harmonies and plays bass, John Asher plays drums and Luis Chuquillanqui plays percussion. Playing organ with the band is Tom Cook. The band collaborated on the musical compositions, with Devin penning most of the lyrics on the album.

Recently the band recorded acoustic versions of select songs from the record live in the Broken Complex studios. Those acoustic sessions are now up on the Broken Complex You Tube channel and are a great way to get to know these original and vintage Jamaican tunes in a new way.

“The Expanders” album also features guest artists Alex Desert and Deston Berry of Hepcat, who contribute vocals on “Merciless Deeds”, and Jah Faith of the Dub Club chanting on “Turtle Racing”. The organ and piano were played by Roger Rivas (Aggrolites) and Dan Hastie (Orgone, Lions).The band performs at several monthly events in the LA area and have worked as a support act with bands such as The California Honeydrops in the Bay Area. The Expanders’ fan base is centered in the LA ska scene that began in the early 90′s and blossomed into the thriving scene that it is today. Now making their third appearance at Sierra Nevada, The Expanders past performances as a backing band were praised in The Beat magazine for recreating “the old classic Kingston rocksteady sound to a T.”

In addition to performing their own original material and rare Jamaican scorchers, The Expanders have been the backing band of choice for legendary Jamaican singers such as Alton Ellis, The Maytones, The Ethiopians, The Wailing Souls, and many more. Members of The Expanders also play in Hepcat, The Lions, Chris Murray Combo, See Spot and Boogaloo Assasins.
  

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