As society has changed, what had formerly been unacceptable has become colorful.
— Iggy Pop

Over the course of two decades, Samson The Aviator, under a few different names and with some minor line-up changes, has consistently delivered its uniquely powerful, funky take on indie rock.

The band has played at some of the best rock venues in the US, centered mainly in the dynamic music scene of Chicago, Illinois. The group has performed live on air, before audiences numbering in the tens and the thousands, and in some of the most storied recording studios.


John - Guitar, Vocals

John's List: 
Butterflies and F18's
Hemingway and Letterman
Hendrix and Beastie Boys
Italian and Chicagoan
Billy, Walter, Stan and Michael
Drivers, Zins, DeNiro and Warren

Pepper - Lead Vocals

Pepper's List: Ella Fitzgerald, B-52’s, Sarah Vaughn, Susan Tedeschi, No Doubt, East Coast Swing, Willowbrook Ballroom, Debbie Reynolds, Audrey Hepburn, Lena Horne, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Today, the band is refining its sound to chase a shared vision of what rock should feel like. New gigs, new tunes, and new recordings are already in progress and are set to be freed to the world through the rest of this year and into the next.

Count on great. Count on groovy. Count on wow. But don't count on it all being the same.



Nancy - Drums, Percussion

Nancy's List: Afghan Whigs, Anthony Kiedis, Cadillac Escalade, Carlos Santana, Converse, Dr. Earth Organic Tomato Fertilizer, Henry Rollins, Jack White, Kalinowski Polish Deli, Lipstick, Luciano Pavarotti, Mahalia Jackson, Michael Corleone, Pier One Imports, Matt Greiner, Paul Simonen, Rainbo Room, Santa Fe, Sioux Nation, St Anthony, Steve Gadd, Steve Walsh, System of a Down, The Godfather of Soul Thom Yorke, Transylvania,

Bone - Bass, Keyboards

Bone's List: Damon Albarn, All Birds, American Admiral’s Club, Aziz Ansari, Fernando Alonzo, Jonny Buckland, Maya Jane Coles, Death’s Door, Johnny Depp, Design Festa, Robert Downey, Jr., Economist, John Entwhistle, Bill Evans, Gallerie F, Robert Glasper, Alison Goldfrapp, Jonny Greenwood, David Guetta, Taylor Hawkins, Charlie Hayden, Jason Hirschhorn, Jonny Ive, John Paul Jones, Frankie Knuckles, The Line, Logan Square, Shirley Manson, Narenda Modi, Charlie Munger, Monza, NY Times, Michelle Obama, Omotesando & Harajuku, John Peel, Pendulum, Gilles Peterson, The Pier & The Wing, Pino & Toi, The Pompidou, Rough Trade, Sabah’s, sandalwood & rosewater, Andre Segovia, 787, Shoreditch, Sia, Spa-Francorchamps, The Standard Hollywood, Pete Tong, Underworld, Serena Williams, Sir Frank Williams, Wired