Invaderband are a garage/artrock band assembled in 2012 in Derry, Northern Ireland by Mancunian singer, guitarist and songwriter Adam Leonard who enlisted local musicians to voltage-enhance his dystopian post-punk songs.
Leonard has a prolific history as a musician with an extensive back catalogue of solo and collaborative work, and was an occasional member of one of Stewart Lee’s favourite bands, The Owl Service. He was also the winner of the UK City of Culture 2013 Resonate Award for Best Song. Invaderband’s lead guitarist / synthmeister is Chris McConaghy AKA Our Krypton Son. Bass frequencies are provided by Gavin McCartney (of Here Comes The Landed Gentry, The Murder Balladers) and drums are handled by Rion McCartney (on the album) and John Goodman (live).
Invaderband’s debut single 'The Implausible Man' was issued on Record Store Day 2015 and the follow-up, 'Attack Of The Pod People' arrived in December ‘15. The singles were picked up by local, regional and national BBC Radio, with the latter making it onto the BBC 6Music Recommended Playlist.
The self-titled debut album was released by Tectona Grandis (TEAK005) in January 2017 on CD, Ltd vinyl & DL. Since then the record has enjoyed radio play throughout the UK & Ireland (BBC Radio 6Music, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, RTE 2FM, RTE 2XM, RTE RNAG & Today FM) and has received widespread critical acclaim (see below for press quotes). Tracks from the album have now been 6Music Recommended by Steve Lamacq TWICE.
10th March 2017: Lovely words from The Daily Mirror!
14th April 2017 - THE IRISH NEWS
“If John Peel was still with us, this lot would be one of his favourite new bands” - The Daily Mirror
"Invaderband have set the bar incredibly high ... sounds like a lost classic" - The Irish News
"A rare breed of a record. Impossibly earworming" - The Thin Air
“Definitely one of the records of the year. Magnificent” - SWIT
“Sly and cunning with a great hook. I really like this…” - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6Music
“Really good ... smashing record” - Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6Music
“Splendidly anarchic” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Music
“Fresh, invigorating & snappy” - Mickey Bradley, BBC Radio Ulster
"Fantastic. A great debut record" - Across The Line, BBC Radio Ulster
"Incredible. An absolute must-have. Get them into your life as fast as you can" - Stephen McCauley, Electric Mainline, BBC Radio Foyle
"On an aural axis that freewheels between Roxy Music and Magazine. Slickly drilled post-punk ... Steeped in wit, waywardness and white hot effervescence” - Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience
“It will be looked back on as a cult classic” - Louder Than Words