Wait, really… how did I not know this group existed? The music industry combined Maroon 5’s James Valentine, Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes’ Jason Boesel, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and The Like’s Z Berg…. and it slid past me? I love it. I can study to it or I can dance to it. I absolutely love it. And you should too.
JJAMZ Premiere New Video for “Suicide Pact”
Los Angeles indie-pop supergroup JJAMZ have just premiered the new lyric video for “Suicide Pact,” the title track from their critically acclaimed debut album. The clip is a black and white found footage affair featuring the upbeat song’s melancholy lyrics in both English and French. “Suicide Pact” is the third single from the album, following “Never Enough” and “Heartbeat.”
Created by director, Eddie O’Keefe, the footage in “Suicide Pact” 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,” says O’Keefe. “A few sequences were taken from anti-drug public service announcements as well; stuff you might have seen in health class in 1959.”
JJAMZ, initially started as a break from each member’s respective bands, is comprised of Maroon 5’s James Valentine, Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes’ Jason Boesel, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, The Like’s Z Berg, and Michael Runion.
Time Out New York called Suicide Pact “the year’s best indie-rock record, full of sticky tunes, chewy guitar textures and some excellently icy vocals.” The band will appear at a handful of showcases this weekend for CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, and will then kick off a run of fall dates including Boston, Washington, Philly, Chicago (full schedule below).
The band will close out the tour in Los Angeles with a special performance at The Troubadour on November 7th with Mini Mansions supporting. Tickets for the show are available now on Ticketfly.
Oct 17 – The Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY (The Hype Machine showcase @7PM)
Oct 18 – The Bowery Electric, New York, NY (The AudioPerv showcase @9:20PM)
Oct 18 – Santos Party House, New York, NY (Neon Gold Records Showcase @11:30PM)
Oct 19 – The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY (CAA showcase @10PM)
Oct 20 – Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY (Baeblemusic showcase @9PM)
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)