ONCE UPON A TIME A FEW YEARS AGO...
Having previously been signed to Sony/BMG with Carmen Gray, one of Finland’s finest rock bands, Tom Tikka formed The Impersonators in 2013, a two-man project born out their ashes and designed to cut out the politics and strife which come from the rock ‘n’ roll carnival of band life. Resolutely studio-based, The Impersonators channel the bejeweled power-pop of The Go-Betweens and the immediacy/worldliness of early R.E.M. to deliver timeless alt-pop melodies.
Comprising Tom Tikka and lyricist Antti Autio, The Impersonators are just that: a duo which masquerades as a full band and does everything it can to defy convention – whether that being their insistence on avoiding touring or their songs, which home in on the warts-and-all gnarliness of love and real life. In fact, if one were to find a common theme that runs through the group’s entire catalog, it would probably be how life very seldom resembles or turns out like Disney fantasies.
Despite their poignant lyrics, The Impersonators are still a joyous and sweet proposition, with their vocal harmonies and chiming chords harking back to such 60s pop majesties as The Beatles, The Byrds and The Beach Boys. Together with their secret weapon, producer Janne Saksa, The Impersonators craft their lyrics and melodies into retro-flavoured “alternative pop/rock”. While adding a modern twist to the final soundscape, their goal is to nurture and cultivate the creativity, spirit, and warmth that graced the pop records of yesteryears.
The Impersonators received a Josie Award-nomination for "Best Rock Song” and "Best Rock Music Video" in 2020. In 2021, Tom Tikka & The Impersonators have received four Josie-Award nominations and are finalists in seven different categories at the prestigious ISSA awards. Both award organisations have nominated The Impersonators' new album Life Of Grant in the Album Of The Year category.
Life Of Grant was released on March 26th to critical acclaim and featured two iTunes hit singles: "Rodeo" (#1) and "Scarlet Hell" (#9).
LISTEN TO THE IMPERSONATORS' NEW ALBUM LIFE OF GRANT HERE:
DIGITAL BOOKLET FOR LIFE OF GRANT:
SELECTED REVIEWS OF LIFE OF GRANT:
BALLROOM BLITZ'S MAN AT THE BACK:
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THE DIVERSITY OF CLASSIC ROCK INTERVIEW: Tom Tikka TALKS ABOUT LIFE OF GRANT, THE IMPERSONATORS, HIS LIFE AND BEYOND...