Jupe Jupe creates dark and danceable pop music layered with crooning vocals, atmospheric synths, shivering guitars, and driving beats.
The Seattle quartet offers a collection of melancholy, hook-laden textures in its latest release, Lonely Creatures—10 hauntingly striking songs about isolation, fate, internal struggle, and technology gone awry. Each tune draws inspiration from electropop, post-punk, and ghostly Americana.
The band spent over two years crafting each song on Lonely Creatures before joining producer Matt Bayles at Red Room Studios in Seattle, Washington. A former member of Minus the Bear, Bayles has produced and mixed a number of seminal albums by Botch, Mastodon, Murder City Devils, Minus the Bear, Russian Circles, These Arms are Snakes, The Blood Brothers, and many more.
Since forming in 2010, Jupe Jupe has released three original full-length albums: Invaders, Reduction in Drag, and Crooked Kisses. The group also teamed up with a variety of renowned artists/producers for the remix album, Cut Up Kisses (featuring Lusine, Mike Simonetti, Rick G. Nelson, Erik Blood, Head Like a Kite, and more).
Jupe Jupe is made up of My Young on vocals and synths, Bryan Manzo and Patrick Partington on guitars, and Jarrod Arbini on drums and percussion.
“Crooked Kisses” and “Reduction in Drag” charted in the CMJ top 200 and the track “Pieces of You” was selected for the CMJ March 2014 Mix Tape.
In October 2014, Jupe Jupe played the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC and the band’s song “Love to Watch You Fall” (remixed by Lusine) was featured on the CMJ October Mixtape.
“ … 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 in … ”
“Coolly campy, exquisitely wrought electro-pop.”
“This third release is both stylish and elegant, but never loses a joyfully ecstatic lust for life that makes even the darkest night spin like a glittering discotheque.”
“…a unique take on electro-pop that’s equally tragic and danceable.”
–The Seattle Weekly
“Recorded by Martin Feveyear at Jupiter Studios, Crooked Kisses will probably be the album that pushes these folks’ career to the next level. These ten tracks are memorable, melodic, danceable, and ultimately quite infectious.”
“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.”