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IMPALA was formed in Memphis, TN in the early 1990s by John Stivers (Guitar), Scott Bomar (Bass), Justin Thompson (Sax) and Jeff Goggans (Drums). Their first long player, El Rancho Reverbo, was co-produced by the legendary Roland Janes (Jerry Lee Lewis' guitar player and session player at Sun Records) at Sam Phillips Recording Service. After receiving rave reviews and gaining exposure playing one-niters across the South East, Impala was picked up by West Coast label, Estrus Records. The band's first release on Estrus was Kings of the Strip, recorded at famed Easley Studio in Memphis. Following the release of this album, Impala toured relentlessly, appearing at Garage festivals such as Garage Shock, Sleezefest, Crap Out and Dixie Fried and appearing on shows with guitar legends Dick Dale and Davie Allen and the Arrows.

Over the past decade numerous films and television shows have featured the band's music. Most notable is Impala's arrangement of Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror" in George Clooney's, Chuck Barris biopic, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. After few years hiatus, the band
has reformed with the addition of Bobby "Blue" Bland/the Bo-Keys sideman, Marc Franklin on trumpet and keyboard.

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Memphis Flyer | Review: Night Full of Sirens
BY CHRIS DAVIS | DECEMBER 23, 2005

Impala is generally described as a group of authentic surf revivalists, but that's not quite right. From the outset, you could hear ominous traces of murder-jazz, drag-strip rave-ups, and raunchy, sax-driven stripper music. Melodies were often sacrificed for moods that made the air seem heavy and humid. If you came of age in Memphis in the 1990s, the Oblivians and the Grifters were writing your soundtrack, but Impala scored the incidental music, with farting saxophone riffs to highlight the comedy, hot guitar runs for the excitement, and melancholic R&B for the darker moments. Impala left us with six significant recordings, all of which are out-of-print: El Rancho Reverbo, Kings of the Strip, Square Jungle, the Teenage Tupelo soundtrack, Impala Plays R&B Favorites, and the LTD A GO GO seven-inch. Not every track was perfect, but none was dull, and the overwhelming majority shimmered with noirish tension or raged like a tsunami. Night Full of Sirens cuts through the filler and right to the high-speed chase.

 
     
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