JJAMZ Release New Single “Suicide Pact” TODAY
JJAMZ To Play JetBlue’s Live From T5 Concert Series at JFK International Airport TOMORROW
Plus Performances at This Year’s CMJ Festival and Special Performance at Los Angeles Troubadour on November 7th
Photo Credit: Mason Poole
JJAMZ have announced the debut of their new French/English lyric video for album title track, “Suicide Pact” today. Created by director, Eddie O’Keefe, “The footage was pulled mostly from fifties and sixties teen delinquent b-movies. I’m a big fan of that cinema sub-genre and so most of the footage was pulled from my own collection of exploitation nonsense. A few sequences were taken from anti-drug public service announcements as well; stuff you might have seen in health class in 1959.”“Suicide Pact” is the second single off the band’s debut album and just recently impacted radio on October 8th.
Preview “Suicide Pact” – JJAMZ:
This week, JJAMZ will be making their way through New York City for exciting CMJ performances including JetBlue’s first-ever one-day music festival at its home terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). CMJ Music Access Live from JetBlue T5 starts at 2:00pm , October 17thas part of the airline’s Live From T5 Concert series, featuring Icona Pop, JJAMZ, Matt Sucich and Kate Earl. The band will also be performing at The Brooklyn Bowl on October 17th(Hype Machine Showcase), The Bowery Electric (The AudioPerv Showcase) and Santos Party House (Neon Gold Showcase) on October 18th,The Studio at Webster Hall on October 19th (CAA Showcase) and at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on October 20th (Baeblemusic Showcase). These exciting performances will kick off the band’s Fall run of dates which will take them through Boston, Philly, Chicago and Los Angeles with a special performance at The Troubadour on November 7th with Mini Mansions supporting – full tour routing is below.
Suicide Pact was self-produced by the band with the added talents of Jason Lader (Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas). Only friends as close as JJAMZ could provide such a rewarding synthesis of disparate musical tastes, coupled with perilously revealing lyrics; it’s as if Rumours were recorded by My Bloody Valentine, Fiona Apple sang “Heart of Glass”, or Andrew W.K. wrote Saturday Night Fever. From the Madonna-esque “Heartbeat” to the churning, he-said, she-said “LAX” and the wistfully dark album title track “Suicide Pact” to the crooning, smooth vocal pairings between Berg and Runion on “Cleverly Disguised”, each and every song stands on its own as a heart-wrenching narrative and a master course in lyrical prowess. PRESS HERE towatch the band performing “Suicide Pact” on Jimmy Kimmel.
JJAMZ Performs “Suicide Pact” on Jimmy Kimmel Live
JJAMZ (pronounced juh-Jamz) is comprised of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Michael Runion (solo), and Z Berg (The Like) – in a musical story of best friends. Made up of five of music’s most exciting trailblazers, the members of JJAMZ are important staples in the music scene and have put together a collective album which underscores their place as one of today’s vital bands.
Praise for JJAMZ:
“…sun-soaked melancholy goes down like a poolside daiquiri, serving up synth shimmers and breathy SoCal alienation (see the excellently hazy ‘Heartbeat’)…” – Entertainment Weekly
“…you won’t forget their catchy California-bright pop tunes.” – New York Daily News
“…hooky indie-pop songs… super-catchy…” – AOL Spinner
“Imagine young Madonna as a Britpop act. Or a supergroup from The Like, Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley and Phantom Planet.” – USA Today
“While JJAMZ is more than the sum of its many parts, that it’s filled with anthemic aggressive-pop tracks is no surprise…” – ELLE.com
“…[JJAMZ] has produced one of the year’s best indie-rock records so far, full of sticky tunes, chewy guitar textures and some excellently icy vocals.” – Time Out New York
JJAMZ Fall 2012 Tour Dates
Oct 17 The Brooklyn Bowl @ 7pm – Brooklyn, NY (The Hype Machine Showcase)
Oct 18 The Bowery Electric @ 9:20 PM - New York, NY (The AudioPerv showcase)
Oct 18 Santos Party House @ 11:30pm - New York, NY (Neon Gold showcase)
Oct 19 The Studio at Webster Hall @ 10pm – New York, NY (CAA showcase)
Oct 20 Spike Hill @ 9pm – Brooklyn, NY (Baeblemusic showcase)
Oct 21 Great Scott - Boston, MA
Oct 22 Jammin Java – Washington, DC
Oct 23 North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 26 House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Oct 27 The Blue Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA
Oct 28 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
Nov 7 Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (Mini Mansions supporting)
“Suicide Pact” is taken from debut album
(Dangerbird) – Out Now