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In the beginning there was Sound, then came Word, together they created Power..

With hard hitting drums, extremely heavy basslines, moving melodies, and ghostly lyrics, THE I-TERNALS are reverting back to the classic sound of Rockers and early dancehall Dub styles of Jamaican Reggae music.

THE I-TERNALS Reggae Band is determined to bring social consciousness and self-empowerment back to the genre by delivering music that has a positive message.

Listeners will be unable to stop themselves from dancing to the hypnotic reggae pulse that THE I-TERNALS produce. One song will put the listener into a trance with their down-tempo classic roots dub, the next they can have the listener jumping to the high energy Dancehall influenced breaks.

THE I-TERNALS were formed in 2003 by Ras Justin Matthew of Herndon Virginia. Together with Wyatt "Bassie" George, THE I-TERNALS set out to find the right players of instruments to further the sound and direction of the band. In 2004, Matt Craig aka Roots joined the ranks on percussion and shortly there after moved to Keyboards. 2007 brought Jeff Franca to the band, a seasoned musician and Indiana University educated percussionist, Jeff currently plays drums for THE I-TERNALS. In 2008, THE I-TERNALS acquired Berklee Alumni Matt "Big Dread" Nolan on guitar and backing vocals, as well as Robin Armstrong, of the legendary Culture band, on lead guitar.

2009 will bring more blessings as THE I-TERNALS are set to release their long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album entitled "Mama Earth" in Spring 2009. The album will feature premier Jamaican International Recording Artists; Warrior King, Daweh Congo, and Al Pancho.

Internal, External, Eternal


They have played alongside: Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, I-Wayne, Ras Michael & Sons of Negus, Burning Spear, Kymani Marley, Alpha Blondy, Beres Hammond, Turbulance, Chuck Fender, Etana, Prestige, Frankie Paul, SOJA, Bambu Station, Jah Roots, Jah Works, The New Kingston Band, S.T.O.R.M.

The I-Ternals perform at the following revered venues:

RFK Stadium (Washington DC), The State Theater (Falls Church, VA), The 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), Ram's Head Live! (Baltimore, MD), Jammin Java (Vienna, VA), IOTA (Arlington, VA), Sonar (Baltimore, MD), Zanzibar (Washington, DC), 123 Pleasant Street (Morgantown, WV). 8x10 Club (Baltimore, MD)


Mama Earth 2009 Independent Release
"I-TERNAL" DVD 2009 Independent Release

Hear "Morning Star" on WPFW 89.3 FM Washington DC

Set List

THE I-TERNALS play at the cutting edge of reggae music worldwide.

In total, THE I-TERNALS select from about 50 tunes regularly.

A typical I-TERNALS set lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

They produce and perform a large number of original tunes and also play finely selected cover tunes as time permits.

They are prepared to play up to Three hours + of crucial reggae!

Specializing in classic Jamaican riddims, they also actively back guest artists from the reggae community worldwide. The I-TERNALS have backed: Marlon "The Ganja Farmer" Asher, I-Sasha, Million Voice, Khari Kill, Ras Abel.