The four-piece music band The Interrupters has its origins in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of the lead singer Aimee Interrupter and the three brothers Jesse Bivona, Justin Bivona, and Kevin Bivona. They specialize in a music subgenre known as ska-punk and they have released up to three studio albums since their formation in 2011. Among other highlights of their career, the Interrupters performed at the 2019 Coachella Festival.
The Interrupters – Bio
The three Bivona brothers started playing together in a band called “Telecasters”. They toured with two other bands in 2009, The Dirty Heads and Sugar Ray when they met Aimee Allen, who was a solo artist at the time. One of the Bivona brothers, Kevin, began writing songs with Aimee, after which they invited the other two brothers to play instruments. Their recording sessions proved to be successful, and after working together for a while, the band was officially formed in 2011.
The most famous member of this band is, for obvious reasons, Aimee Allen. When she performs for the band, she takes the stage name Aimee Interrupter. Since Aimee is a natural performer, every time she enters the stage, she also takes on her musical and much more entertaining role.
She was discovered in 2002 by music producer and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. She recorded a debut album that never saw the light of day, although her debut single was released. However, some of the songs on the album were reworked by other artists over the years. She later released her first solo album “A Little Happiness” in 2009 and also worked as a radio presenter for a short time before founding the “Interrupters” in 2011.
Kevin Bivona is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, sound engineer, and mixer. He began his career as a young teenager when he founded the ska-punk band Telecasters with two of his friends in the mid-1990s. At the age of 19, he became the touring keyboardist of the punk rock group “Transplants” on the Vans Warped Tour. He also worked with several other musical acts in various capacities. Among other highlights of his career, Bivona worked alongside Tim Armstrong on the Grammy-winning Jimmy Cliff album Rebirth (2012).
Justin and Jesse Bivona
Justin Bivona is the bassist of the Interrupters, while his twin brother Jesse Bivona is the drummer of the band. Their careers began in 2008 when they both played telecasters with their older brother Kevin in his band. Justin and Jesse also both served as touring support members of the rock band Sugar Ray and were eventually recruited as full members of the band in 2010. Their time in the line-up of Sugar Ray was rather short-lived as they joined the Interrupters shortly after.
Facts About The Band
After they got together in 2011, the Interrupters continued to tour with other bands, even as they started working on their own songs. They performed at the American music festival Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver and also at the Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec, Canada.
The band finally released their first two singles, “Liberty” and “Family”, in 2013, the latter of which featured Tim Armstrong. Their debut studio album of the same name, The Interrupters, was released in August 2014. The album entered the iTunes US album-hit parade at number 85. His lead single “Take Back The Power” became very popular as it was featured in major TV commercials as well as on TV shows and movies.
The breakers went on a tour of North America and Europe in support of their debut album. In the USA and Canada, they toured with bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Street Dogs, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Rancid, and The English Beat. For the European part of the tour, they were supported by Bad Religion. The band also performed at the annual Soundwave Festival in Australia and the Groezrock Music Festival in Belgium.
The Interrupters’ second studio album, Say It Out Loud, was released in June 2016 and found more success in the music charts. The album entered the iTunes US album charts at #56 and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers album charts, #25 on the Billboard Independent album charts, #38 on the Billboard Top Rock album charts, and #22 on the Billboard Vinyl album charts.
To promote Say It Out Loud, the breakers played on the age-old Vans Warped Tour in the summer of 2016, and shortly after that, they embarked on their first headlining tour of the United States, bringing the Los Angeles-based all-female punk band Bad Cop/Bad Cop to support them. The band continued to tour in different parts of the world as headliners and also with other bands like Green Day.
The breakers finally took a tour break to put together a new piece of music, and armed with several years of stage experience, they decided to release their first live album. Their third album, Fight the Good Fight, was recorded live on tape and produced by their longtime collaborator Tim Armstrong. The album was released in May 2018, and its performance in the music charts was much better than their previous releases.
Fight the Good Fight reached #2 on the Billboard Independent Album Charts and #141 on the Billboard 200, and the lead single of the album “She’s Kerosene” also reached #4 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Charts. In addition to their full-length albums, the Interrupters have also released several EPs, including Liberty EP (2013), Family EP (2013), and Babylon EP (2015).