With waves of haunting synthesizers, crooning vocals, jagged guitars and pulsating beats, Jupe Jupe creates mournful pop music that moves.
The Seattle quartet introduces a darkly cinematic atmosphere in its latest release, Crooked Kisses 10 infectious tracks about unrequited lust, love and heartache—influenced by British new wave, ’60s European spy films and lonely, ghost-town Americana. The band has crafted a dramatic soundscape that builds upon its previous two releases, "Invaders" and "Reduction in Drag".
Teaming up once again with Martin Feveryear at Jupiter Studios (REM, Robert Fripp, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse), Jupe Jupe spent nearly two years finessing a collection of hooks, melodies and choruses into a singular vision for the "Crooked Kisses" album.
Jupe Jupe is made up My Young on vocals and synths, Bryan Manzo and Patrick Partington on guitars, and Jarrod Arbini on drums and percussion. The four members are veterans of the Seattle and Austin indie pop and prog scenes (Pleasurecraft, The Cinematics [U.S.], Maximum Coherence During Flying).
“…anyone with even a passive appreciation for expertly applied, fluid synth riffs, drama-filled vocals, infectious pop choruses, and deft dance- rock grooves will be able to ease right into Reduction in Drag” ALLMUSIC
“The band’s sound is as much a throwback to older glam and analog times as it is a modern update for new listeners. Equal parts dark and danceable, Jupe Jupe is a band to watch.” MAGNET MAGAZINE
“Reduction in Drag, sees the band throwing its influences into the proverbial blender and mashing the puree button. Clearly, Jupe Jupe has honed its sound, and the end result is an enjoyable blend of the Strokes, Simple Minds and Duran Duran, with a slight hint of ‘70s prog.” POPMATTERS
“Coolly campy, exquisitely wrought electro-pop.”
”Jupe Jupe deliver their pop punch with a heavy dose of electro-casual finesse…Bits of glam are lipsticked on to some of the songs, giving them a nice edge, and the guitar hits with perfect shots of electricity.” BIG TAKEOVER
“It’s still Day 1 of SXSW Muzak, but so far my favorite discovery has been Seattle’s Jupe Jupe, a dark-lit synthpop quartet…” THE BOSTON PHOENIX
“..weird and wonderful…well worth searching out.” MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG