Established in late 2000, The Devastators are a four piece outfit based out of San Diego, California. Their sound is a soulful mix of roots reggae and dub with a hint of funk, combining heavy drum and bass grooves and the old school sounds of Hammond organ, clavinet, and piano. The current line-up consists of some of San Diego's most prominent reggae musicians including Ivan Garzon (lead vocals, bass), John Allen (drums, harmony vocals), Alex Somerville (keyboards), and Brian Teel (guitar, keyboards, harmony vocals). A graduate of Cal Arts with a BA of Fine Arts, singer/songwriter Ivan Garzon (Spaceman Spiff/ Citizen X/ The PHD's) is both an accomplished bassist and vocalist, possessing the rare ability to combine the two seamlessly in live performance. Garzon's talents blend well with one of the hardest working rhythm sections in Southern California, best known locally for over a decade performing and recording with Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations and more recently Big Mountain and Quinazo (solo project of singer/songwriter Quino McWhinney of Big Mountain). The Devastators were nominated in the 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 San Diego Music Awards in the category of Best of World Music. Their album "Frontline" and song "Find A Way" recently won 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Reggae Album and Reggae Song categories in the 2009 JPF Music Awards held in Nashville. They have held residencies at many SD hotspots including On Broadway, Thin Room, Winstons, Wave House, and recently concluded a 9 year weekly residency at Longboards in Pacific Beach! Collectively they have performed at virtually every prominent music venue on the West Coast.
In the last few months PIRACY CONSPIRACY performed at: the 32nd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends Fest 2013, Earthday 2013 (on 2 stages), 2013 Inland Empire Reggae Fest (San Bernadino), the HOB (SD), Las Vegas, Tijuana... Now that a second EP is being released September 2013, Piracy Conspiracy is getting ready to tour the West-Coast, Southwest-US, and Mexico