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.
“[A]nyone 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 … ”
“From opener ‘Faith in What You Hear’ I was grabbed: a new wave sound that audaciously double-jumps back to the Alan Parsons Project. I fell in love with this album [Lonely Creatures]: it just gets everything right.”
“Coolly campy, exquisitely wrought electro-pop.”
“[Jupe Jupe—Lonely Creatures:] There are sounds colored by breaths of Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and OMD, and even some quick little winks and grins towards Haircut 100 and early Cure. But these are jumping off points. Sonic references to further the genre and push it into the future. A future that is danceable, joyous, and stained with beautiful melancholy.”
“[A] unique take on electro-pop that’s equally tragic and danceable.”
–The Seattle Weekly
“Mining the new wave sound is nothing new, but the bands that make it work—Interpol, A Projection and now Jupe Jupe—make it feel instantly familiar and yet totally fresh and modern.”
“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.”