Unlikely Alibi

Unlikely Alibi

 Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

A clever blend of reggae, ska and rock, saturated with memorable hooks, infectious rhythms and warm vocal harmonies. Unlikely Alibi brings to mind the best work of The Clash, Madness and Elvis Costello, with a traditional, yet modern twist. The band's energetic live show ignites fans at every venue


Reggae Ska Rockers Unlikely Alibi formed in 2005 when frontman Todd Roth gathered together some of the most accomplished and popular musicians from the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Soon they were playing to packed venues both in and out of state. That same year they took the top prize at Whatzup Magazine’s Battle of the Bands, as well as that publication’s Best New Artist award, earning them several thousand dollars to put toward recording At the Ready.

The members of Unlikely Alibi, who hail from some of northeast Indiana’s hardest working and most popular bands, have collectively sold thousands of CDs and played hundreds of shows throughout the United States, opening for such artists as Ben Folds, The Foo Fighters, Eve 6, and Train, as well as ska greats The Skatalites.

In addition to Roth (vocals and trumpet), the core of Unlikely Alibi consists of Jerome Schooley (lead guitar), Travis Fry (bass) and Duane Alexander (drums). They’re often joined by Kris Miller on keys, Jake Wilhem and Curtis Shaw on backup vocals, Matt Cashdollar on sax, Aaron King on trombone and Dan Cappelli on bari sax.

Obviously this leads to the kind of rich sound not often found in today’s mainstream music scene and now, thanks to ska legend King Django and Stubborn Records, that sound is now available to the public. Unlikely Alibi’s first full-length CD “At the Ready” hit the shelves in January of 2010 and has been met rave reviews and tons of online plays. Growing their already large fan base to a new level.

Courtesy of Roth’s vocals and horn, the accomplished guitars of Schooley and Fry, and, of course, Alexander’s ever-steady sticks, Unlikely Alibi have been steadily building their fanbase in the Midwest and have also met with a warm welcome from the East Coast, where they recently brought down a packed house with their energized performance at the Knitting Factory in New York City.

This is the kind of band that isn’t afraid to bust out of the norm, yet stay true to their roots. This is the kind of band that isn’t afraid of anything. They’re ready to launch their debut album and a full blown U.S. tour this spring, and take the music scene by storm.


At the Ready (full length) released on Stubborn Records 2010

Set List

1 hour set
Highly Unlikely
Everything My Way
In Your Eyes
Whatever You Do
Dancin' On Coals
I Don't Mind
Walk Out
Say It Again
Refugees Us
Up To Me
Do It
What I Want

typical 2+ hour set consists of the above songs plus the following.

Close to you
In This World
Send 'em On Down
My Naive World
We Can't
Between Us
Comin' Around
Lil' Kiss
Could It Be
Lose In The End
and many other Unlikely Alibi originals