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Les Jupes

LES JUPES

Negative Space

(Head In The Sand)

October 1, 2013

Les Jupes are a committed bunch.  Hardworking, hard-touring, and devoted to this driving and deeply emotive music that has roots in British post-punk and American folk.  Their debut album, Modern Myths, straddled some imaginary line between noise and pop, cascading layers of sound upon peculiar songs with peculiar characters.

Now able to step back and assess what they’ve begun to build, Les Jupes are drawing a new map.  Mike’s voice & songwriting is more focused, his gritty baritone having found confidence on European stages.  David’s bass alternates between melodic support and mean-spirited chugs.  Jordon churns behind the kit.  And keyboard melodies – now manned by Adam Fuhr – are decidedly simpler, but built from even more experiments with analog equipment.  The result is Negative Space.

These are songs that stick with you .  That leave room for discovery and reflection.  That hope for more than just a fleeting existence.

Negative Space was recorded with Imaginary Cities’ Rusty Matyas and Weakerthans’ engineer Cam Loeppky in Winnipeg during the spring of 2013.  These are the first 4 of over 30 new songs they’ve written since their debut.

Recording is also wrapping up on a new full-length with Montreal’s burgeoning hero Marcus Paquin (The Nationals/Stars/Local Natives).  Look for it sometime in 2014.

Les Jupes supported Handsome Furs, Mother Mother and Sweden’s Baskery on tours for Modern Myths.  They criss-crossed North America twice and Europe three times, played a couple of big German festivals, showcased at SXSW, NXNE, CMW, Sled Island, Pop Montreal, Reeperbahn and more.

Outside of the band, the Les Jupes members are active and busy in other musical outlets.  David books bands at Union Sound Hall, after having done that for the Park Theatre and the belovedly missed Lo Pub.  He also has a noise rock outfit called Tunic.  Adam fronts indie-folk triumphentalists Yes We Mystic.  Mike runs Head In The Sand Records and records bands at Volcano Recording and recently released a solo album as Oshima (The Age of Shapes).

Les Jupes will be appearing on new Toronto brewery Collective Arts Brewing’s initial series of bottles in September 2013.  The “Night Baptism” photo was taken by Seattle’s Steven Miller, who contributed artwork to Modern Myths.

For additional information on Les Jupes, please contact:

Brendan Bourke / Solid Gold

Tel.  347-564-2927 / E-mail:  Brendan@wearesolidgold.com

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