LA’s finest new band, JJAMZ, is kicking off their summer by hitting the road as part of the Nylon Summer Music Tour supporting Neon Trees. The tour begins on July 9 in Philadelphia and will bring them through NYC, Nashville, Austin and back home to LA as they make their way across the country in support of their debut album, Suicide Pact (July 10, Dangerbird). You can also catch them in their month long Monday-night residency at The Satellite through the month of June. Katy Perry already Tweeted that JJAMZ’ first single “Heartbeat” is her “favorite song of the summer”, even before its official radio add date! You can download the track for free from www.JJAMZMusic.com.
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 LA music scene and have put together a collective album which underscores their place as one of today’s vital bands.
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 lead single “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.
Official video for album standout, “Never Enough”
JJAMZ North American Tour Dates
** Supporting Neon Trees with Penguin Prison on the Nylon Summer Music Tour
May 19: Bakersfield, CA – KRAB Fest Radio Show @ Brighthouse Networks Amphitheatre
May 26: Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Jubilee
June 4: Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club
June 11: Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club
June 18: Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club
June 25: Los Angeles, CA – Satellite Club
July 9: Philadelphia, PA – TLA **
July 10: New York, NY – Webster Hall **
July 11: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club **
July 14: Nashville, TN – Cannery **
July 17: Dallas, TX – House of Blues **
July 18: Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa **
July 21: Billings, MT – Babcock Theatre **
July 23: Calgary, AB, Canada – Republik **
July 24: Edmonton, AB, Canada – Starlite Room **
July 26: Vancouver, BC, Canada – Commodore **
July 28: Philadelphia, PA – WRFF Summer Block Party
July 29: San Francisco, CA – Fillmore **