About Jupiter Holiday
Free from false boundaries of genre, Jupiter Holiday explodes as a volcano of sound spewing molten lava over high peaks and through low valleys, resulting in the delicate balance between beauty and mayhem.
Its about the beginning of everything. Its about all that will ever be. Its about thrill seeking, introspection and cosmic revelations. Its about a childhood dream of singer, songwriter Mike Bassett and his schoolyard companions. And it has become an experience thats proving to be noteworthy to listeners of various social enclaves. From heavy metal to reggae to bluegrass to smooth progressive jazz, Jupiter Holiday delivers with full imagination.
After a little more than two years, Jupiter Holiday has created a generous array of material out of experimentation and hard work. For its members, Jupiter Holiday offers the chance to help recreate the magic that music has brought into all of humankind. Were just playing our part in the expression of one of the highest forms of communication explains bassist, Kreed Kleinkopf. Music is the facilitator and the product of every human emotion. For most of the musicians I know and admire, music is their religion. I believe it is an opportunity to communicate with and express the divine. What were trying to do with Jupiter Holiday is to offer an audience something completely different than theyve ever experienced before.
The band’s influences include Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Parliament Funkadelic, Sun Ra, Nirvana, Ween, Rush, the Mars Volta, various 1960s psychedelic rock bands, techno and even a little Gloria Estephan.
While you can hear the raw power of their 1960s and 70s influences, youll also hear modern dance music influences like hip-hop and disco-tech. These modern influences come primarily from the precise, pulsating beats fashioned by drummer, Jason Grazian. Set against the beautifully funky arrangements by guitarist Michael Bassett and the thick spacey groove from bassist, Kreed Kleinkopf, Jupiter Holiday creates some of the most catchy, booty-shaking music heard around these lands. Add the sonic dissonance of Kendra Hackett on keyboards, the multi-talented Billy Kaiser on a various eclectic instruments, and the soul-searing lead guitar from Aaron Shamy and you truly have something exciting and unique. History:
Jason Grazian and Mike Bassett have been playing together since they were in Borah High School Drum Corps together. In 2002, Jason met bassist Kreed Kleinkopf in a class they shared, where they spent more time talking about music than about the class material. Together, the three talked about forming a band for over 2 years. Finally in 2005, Kreed began to practice with Mike, Jason and then keyboardist, Stas Smith. While playing a post-Thanksgiving benefit for the Idaho Foodbank, Jupiter Holiday met their former keyboardist, Mark Ellsworth. Aaron Shamy (formerly of Earnest Orange) had played with Kreed for years and would sit-in occasionally. Before long, Aaron found himself in the bands regular line-up as he shares his time between Jupiter Holiday and his own band: The Bay Rootz. Last March the band added Kendra Hackett on keyboards and Billy Kaiser on saxophone, guitar, kazoo, and percussion to round-out their final line-up.
Jupiter Holiday began to work on their debut EP Into The Cosmos in the early spring of 2006. We were incredibly lucky to have these amazing guest musicians join us in the studio for those sessions, explains Mike Bassett. Mary Grace Lucas hung out with us a lot and she had written lyrics for a couple of our songs, so we had her record them with us before she moved out to Washington D.C. to work for a US Senator. We also had Jeremiah James write these incredibly fun lyrics for our bluegrass song. And we had the worlds best kazoo player, Billy Kaiser play Harmonica for us on that tune.
While they started out with a small 5 song experimental promo, Jupiter Holiday is eagerly creating new songs for an upcoming full-length LP. I think the album will be more organic, while covering a broader variety of emotions and will show more sides of Jupiter Holiday than we could afford with the EP, says Bassett. We dont know where the road will take us with this journey, but were going to try to make it epic.
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