a Epitaph Records: Hepcat

Greg Lee #6 lead vocals 

Alex Desert #7 lead vocals 

Deston Berry piano, vocals 

Raul Talavera alto sax 

David Hillyard tenor sax 

David Fuentes bass 

Dennis Wilson 

Greg Narvas Drums 

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The fans were crushed. In 2000, Hepcat, widely considered the premiere ska/rocksteady band in America, suddenly disbanded only weeks before the release of their latest record. There was no explanation. Greg Lee, one of the two lead singers, moved to Costa Rica. Alex Desert, the other, was busy as an actor filming Becker for CBS. And just like that, 11 years of making music together came to a stand still. After three years of silent response to the pleas of fans and well after most had given up hope, something happened. Everyone thumbing through the LA Weekly came face to face with a huge, black and white newsprint, smoking cat - HEPCAT LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES, 7/16/03. Without any warning, they were back.

The original lineup stood backstage together, peering through the curtain at the sold out house, excited and restless, when the faceless voice announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back LA's very own HEPCAT!" The room exploded. Some were cheering. Some were jumping up and down. Some were even crying. And with that, Hepcat began their emotional two plus hour set and history was changed.

Fans have a long history with the band. Hepcat was formed in 1989 by vocalist Greg Lee and vocalist/keyboardist Deston Berry, two unassuming reggae aficionados with modest aspirations. Their first album Out of Nowhere was released on Moon Records in 1993 and instantly became a classic ska record for every collector. Their second album Scientific was released in 1996 on BYO Records and drew further praise. Tours of North America and Europe solidified Hepcat's reputation on the international ska and reggae scene.

With its reputation exploding to mythic proportions, the band inked a deal with Hell...



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