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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005

Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
Established on Jan, 2005
Band World Reggae


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"Rocksteady Beats"

No disrespect to the political and spiritual statements of Marley, but The Transmitters have found something pleasant in the simple message of an earlier era: party, smile, have fun and dance.

To the casual listener, rocksteady is hard to distinguish from reggae. Syncopated bass lines, a strong backbeat and a generally laid-back vibe permeate the tunes, as in reggae. The differences are subtle, but focused listeners will notice familiar American pop themes and vocal styles in rocksteady that fell out of favor once reggae became predominant.

Production was a simpler affair during the rocksteady era, resulting in records with rough edges and a palpable do-it-yourself energy. It's an attitude The Transmitters try to capture live and on CD. - Jonas Beals - Free Lance Star


Crisis - 2005
Transmitters - 2007
Live at the Loft 25 X 08 - 2008



Transmitters are not your typical reggae band. Starting up in the guitarist's woodworking shop, the band's roots in rare, rocksteady B-sides have made them stand out as a band with a different approach.

While their overall sound resembles old school reggae, the band includes five members whose musical background ranges from jazz to punk rock. Larry Hinkle, guitar, and Mark Doron, drums, started the band in 2005, recording their project with a 4 track. Mesmerized by Mo Marsh's singing in his former band, Doron and Hinkle invited him to record. Marsh brought his good friend, vocalist and bass player John Buck, to join the group. After a successful first demo, Marsh recommended Jay Starling, on keys, to round out the group.

"Don't replace the old with the new" is the Transmitter's motto. Their old-school sound incorporates dub and dance hall elements, which are intermingled with three part harmonies, making their sound mesmerizing, danceable and perfect for the festival atmosphere. Rendering influence from vocalists like Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson and bands such as the Heptones and the Melodians, they also resemble current bands such as the Frightnrs and the Aggrolites.

Transmitters have played up and down the East Coast and their following grows with every performance. They have backed fellow Virginian Keller Williams on occasion, and they have also played with such artists as SOJA, Kevin Kinsella of John Brown’s Body and Jah Works. Transmitters have also had the pleasure of opening for Little Feat and The Original Wailers.

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