Max & the Invaders

Max & the Invaders

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
BandAlternativeReggae

The Invaders are the #1 longest running, legendary, 3 time WAMI award winning Ska band in Wisconsin since 1987! Internationaly known for high energy original music influenced by 60's Ska & 80's British 2-Tone. Likened to The Specials, Toasters, Oingo Boingo, Fishbone and the Beat.

Biography

Formed in 1987, the Invaders have since became a legendary Milwaukee and Wisconsin ska tradition for over two decades. They are the most recognizable, longest running, fuel-injected high-energy ska band ever to emerge from Milwaukee. Many ska bands site The Invaders as a major influence on their sound. The band sites influences from traditional 60's Jamaican legends like Desmond Dekker & Laurel Aitken and the British 2-Tone Ska movement. Likened to contemporaries like Fishbone, The English Beat, Reel Big Fish and Oingo Boingo. The band had toured tirelessly all over the Midwest and beyond, bringing their ska rampage to festivals, clubs and college campuses to the delight of screaming, skanking and sweaty fans.

National Acts the Invaders have opened for include:
The Wailers
The Skatalites
No Doubt
Goldfinger
Reel Big Fish
Suberban Legends
Super Villans
The Selecter
The Specials
Bad Manners
Fishbone
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Less Than Jake
The English Beat
Mustard Plug
The Toasters

Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards:
1998 voted Sheperds Express Best Milwaukee
Band
1999-2000 voted Best Ska Group-WAMI
2008 7 WAMI Nominations including winning WAMI for best
Ska/World/Reggae band!
2009 WAMI Nomination
2010 WAMI Nomination

National Label:
1990s Elevator Records
Currently: MaxTone Productions (band's own label)

The Invaders live on-stage act is a must to see as they energize their crowds into a frenzy! Clubs and Festivals can expect large crowds all dancing to the positive vibrations of The Invaders.

Lyrics

Rise Up

Written By: The Invaders

RISE UP AND DON’T YOU LOOK AROUND. RISE UP AND DON’T YOU TURN AROUND
TAKE A LOOK AROUND AND YOU WILL FIND THAT TIME HAS GONE
MUCH FASTER THAN YOU COULD EVER KNOW. ONE DAY YOU’LL FIND THAT AFTER ALL HAS GONE BY ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS STAND AND RISE.
CHORUS
LIFE IS BUT A RACE AND IT'S A GAME THAT WE MUST PLAY. BUT THE RACE IS NOT ALWAYS WON BY FINISHING FIRST. TAKE WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED
BECAUSE IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO RETURN AND RISE UP ON HIGH AND MOVE AHEAD.
CHORUS

Liar, Liar

Written By: K. Wisniewski

You, you think your the best. But your not, your like all the rest. And you think, you got a better way. But you don't even know, how to live today! Your just a liar, liar, pants on fire! your nose is longer, than a telephone wire! And your fooling yourself, each and every day. your going deeper and deeper, no matter what you say. And when you finally find out, what you have done. well you won't even realise the other side has won! Your just a liar, liar, pants on fire! your nose is longer, than a telephone wire! your a liar!
And when, when it all is gone. And you sift through the wreckage of what you think you have won. you'll believe, you still got it made. you just lie to yourself the way you've done everyday...of your life! Your just a liar, liar, pants on fire! your nose is longer, than a telephone wire! Well, your just a liar, liar, your just a liar! Liar Liar! you're nothing but a liar!

Wake Up!

Written By: K. wisniewski

take a look around people walking in a coma, don't see all the messages around them. Take a look around people standing in a coma, most think they missed all the chances that they've had now. Wake Up, Wake Up! Take a look around you. Wake Up, Wake Up! the world will astound you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Let life surround you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Get up out of your bed. (Get up get up. Get up get up) Take a look around people driving in a coma. Don't seem to notice other drivers who surround them. Take a look around people working in a coma. Most seem to think it's all life has to offer them. Wake Up, Wake Up! Take a look around you. Wake Up, Wake Up! the world will astound you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Let life surround you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Get up out of your head. (Get up get up. Get up get up) Well... are they blind or do they see another life for you and me. Disregard your loyalty to what they say you have to be. Take a chance and you will see imagine what the world can be. You cannot take another day of going through life this way...Yea Hey Hey! Wake Up! Take a look around people living in a coma. can't seem to see all the life that's in their pathes. Take a look around people dying in a coma. Wake up before you miss another moment! Wake Up, Wake Up! Take a look around you. Wake Up, Wake Up! the world will astound you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Let life surround you. Wake Up, Wake Up! Get your head out of your ass!

Ska Fever '08

Written By: K. Wisniewski / D. Schwaller

Memory of a rude girl!
Rude girl I saw you dancing at the gig one night. Long legs and your skirt so tight, I had to see you that night. Saw the light shining through your hair, and your eyes of green. You've got to be the prettiest rude girl that i've ever seen. I think you had...Ska fever, ska fever, ska fever I believe it just won't leave her! Started walking towards you. I gotta know your name. But you were way ahead of me, with this rude boy's game. Started gettin' down on the floor. you know I wanted more. But when you slid up next to me girl, you opened up your store. I believe you had...Ska fever, ska fever, ska fever I believe it just won't leave her! Now when I remember back, seems so long ago. Oh Lord I just can't believe, that I let you go! You're in my memory now, the way you'll always be. And I'll never forget that night, rude girl, you got down with me. I know you got...Ska fever, ska fever, ska fever I believe it just won't leave her! Ska fever, ska fever, ska fever I believe it just won't leave her! Message to a rude girl!

Discography

Skank Tank ~ 1991
Brewtown Ska ~ 1994
G-Man (3 song vinyl EP) ~ 1994
Invaders Live! (double disk CD) ~ 1995
All That's Normal Turns To Chaos ~ 1996
Live at WMSE 91.7 ~ 2007
Where Ya Gone? ~ 2008
Running On Fumes ~ Vinyl Single, Fall 2012
New Full-Length 14 song CD ~ Summer 2013

Set List

Rise Up! Sally Brown – Laurel Aitken
Dancing With her Hair Johnny Too Bad – Slickers
Liar, Liar Shame & Scandal – Blues Busters
Living Is Hard Shot in the Dark –Mancinni
Jonsey Hitchhike – Laurel Aitken
Elizabeth Rock Steady – Int. Beat
Ska Fever Mirror in the Bathroom - Beat
Where Ya Gone? Pressure Drop - Toots Hibbert
Next Phase Jump In the Line- H. Belefonte
Over, the End Jamaica Ska - unk
Wake Up! Drive My Car - Beatles
Ska Guitar Monkey Man - Toots Hibbert
Bend My Bones
Who’s With You?
Brewtown Ska
Tropical Gangsters
Scootering
Invader Ska
Such A Jerk
International Radio
Girl Like You
Not Lonely
Man with a Camera
Dancing in the Fallout
Monkey Stomp
Vesper
Find Something Else
Miss You So Much
Runnin' O