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The INVADERS are a six piece high energy, turbo charged SKA band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally formed by lead vocalist Kevin "Max" Wisniewski, the group is now celebrating a ten year anniversary in Ska music dating back to 1989. The INVADERS gained attention in 1992 when the song "Such A Jerk" appeared on a vinyl compilation album titled "Ska Takes the Great Lakes" with album artwork done by Max. Next they released a second self supported cassette "Brewtown Ska; We've come for your beer", following up on 1991's "Skank Tank". Popularity really took off in 1994 with their 7" vinyl release "G-Man". They furthered it's success with their first CD effort, a double disk package of 26 songs, the Invaders LIVE! in 1995. This release sold out at 1,000 copies. In 1996 the boys signed on with ELEVATOR MUSIC, an independant label based in New Haven, Connecticut. This union produced the band's first studio recorded CD release, "ALL THAT's NORMAL TURNS TO CHAOS". 14 songs and 3,000 copies later, it still sells well. The INVADERS supported the CD with three seperate tours of the Northeast coast, and playing the midwest continuously. Live on stage is where the band is in their element. The shows are energy packed and leave concert crowds exhausted and soaked. The INVADERS third wave SKA is a mix they proudly call Brewtown Ska. They have been touted as Milwaukee's masters of the style, having been at it longer than any other Ska group in the region. In 1996 the band was voted Best in Milwaukee by the readers of the Shepard Express newspaper during their Best of Milwaukee readers poll. In 1997, 1998 theband was nominated for a W.A.M.I. (Wisconsin Area Musicians Industry) award for the best SKA group in Wisconsin. This year, the band was nominated once again and has WON the prestigious regional version of the Gramy's. The INVADERS have shared the stage with many notable bands who are widely acclaimed or are masters in the SKA style, including the SKATALITES, the SPECIALS, THE BEAT, NO DOUBT, FISHBONE, the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, SKANKIN' PICKLE, the TOASTERS, BAD MANNERS, and MUSTARD PLUG just to name a few! Plans were to continue to head out in new regions to gain even more fans, popularity and possibly a record deal. But after ten years, member changes again plaguing the group, and difficulties with scheduling, it was decided to scale back and take a more casual approach. Because of this, Max re-entered the line up on lead vocals, after the band did a short stint with Paul McKinney at the helm. Now fans can experience once again, the original sound and experience of the Invaders. A new website is planed soon with easier access and more graphics at www.skaville.com/invaders. Also included will be personal biographies and current statuses. Plans are to find an interested label in releasing a new Invader anthology featuring rare vintage tracks, singles and previously unreleased songs. the title of this CD being "Diary of a Ska Band". It will possibly contain a bonus disk containing the Invaders performing their popular cover tracks of vintage Ska hits! The band would also love to get back in the studio and record the new material, (some that has been performed on stage now for two years) and put out a new studio CD. See why, all over the globe, thousands and thousands of fans rave about the Brewtown Sound of the INVADERS. Check them out on your stereo or at the website soon! Or better still, Check them out in concert! Cheers and peace.