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The Skin Before the Art

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Paying true homage to their 80s post-punk roots, dark rockers Jupiter Crash deliver their odes to darkness, passion, beauty & truth in a powerful epic fashion reminiscent of an early Cult. Borrowing heavily from the Brit-pop era, but not entrapped by it, this group of seasoned musicians delivers nostalgic rock-and-roll with more than enough revolutionary flair to keep things interesting. Since 'crashing' into the Northwest music scene with their 2005 debut EP, "Fell From the Hotel," and its addictive single "Metro," Jupiter Crash has been turning heads, bending ears and blowing minds with slew of shows in and around their native Seattle, as well as airplay on a variety of college, internet and underground radio stations. Encouraged by the buzz, the band wasted no time in recording their first full-length CD "The Skin Before the Art" at Seattle's legendary London Bridge Studios in 2006. A touch more punk-rock and less brit-pop than its predecessor, "The Skin Before the Art" is evidence of the band's versatility and staying-power in a fickle and ever-changing musical climate. Lyrically dark on the surface, each track upon closer listen is laced with insight and hope. Frontman Steven Parsons delivers his impassioned vocals with a throaty depth that calls to mind the uniqueness of such instantly recognizable vocalists as Michael Stipe, Ian Astbury, and Justin Sullivan. Combined with the backdrop of fierce and flawless rhythm provided by Bill Morgen on bass and T on the drums -- it's not surprising comparisons have been drawn to such acts as Killing Joke, Lords of the New Church, The Cult and even The Smiths -- but the Jupiter Crash boys ultimately offer up their self-proclaimed 'Good Time Devil Music' in a valiant style all their own!

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"Jupiter Crash is one of (Seattle)'s tightest bands, heralding the re-appearance of the kind of epic dark rock that has elements of Killing Joke, Lords of the New Church, and early Cult, sounding like an amalgam of them all with a forward-driving bold sound. Quickly following on the heels of their excellent EP 'Fell From the Hotel,' is their new album on the local label SINister Records, 'The Skin Before the Art,' featuring many dark surprises and further honing their sound and craft." --DJ Coldheart, www.djcoldheart.com

"If you are going to start a band, listen to Jupiter Crash's Fell From The Hotel EP, take the music in, and realize that your stupid band probably won't (ever) be as good as this... From time to time, a band like Jupiter Crash comes into the scene, a band that does borrow from 1980's Brit-pop, but makes a sound(all) their own...As labels are scrambling to sign another Killers or Art Brut, God forbid, they should really pay attention to Jupiter Crash - a band that clearly is influenced by two-decade-old music, but is not a slave to it. " --Ryan Pangilinan, Redefine Magazine, www.redefinemag.com
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 31, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SINister Records
  • ASIN: B000M7FSQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By G. Foubister on January 14, 2007
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While Jupiter Crash's influences certainly shine through, "The Skin Before the Art" smashes through any nostalgia leaving us stunned with an album possessing a rock-solid punch with grit and power true to the revolutionary spirit of rock and roll.

Front man Steven Parsons delivers with driving passion (Dark Surprise / Sinners and Losers) and intelligent reflection (Waiting for a Sign / Too Much); while Bill Morgen on bass and Steven Tomich provide the basis for the revolution (now joined by Lee Tillman on guitars).

Buy now, love it, and join the revolution!
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Although Jupiter Crash refers to themselves as a "post-punk" band, I'd put them squarely into a harder, more guitar-driven category such as "dark rock." Musically, the tracks on this CD range from heavier boot-stomping rock, to mellower brooding ballads -- and the vocals are deep, unique and intense, but never overpower the music itself.

Stand-out tracks that shine through on this great full-length debut are "Dark Surpise," "Descent," "Cry out Loud" and "The Waking Hours," but it's one of those rare CDs that I never feel compelled to skip a track on. If you're into dark rock bands such as The Cult, Audioslave, 30 Seconds to Mars, Queens of the Stone Age and HIM, this one's probably for you!
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Jupiter Crash's sound reminds me of bands like The Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel and also has a grungy feel to it. I absolutely love all their songs and would highly recommend this album to lovers of rock music. I'm just surprised they are not more well known. They deserve recognition as talented musicians producing quality music. The singer has a very distinctive voice, giving Jupiter Crash their own sound so that you would recognise any of their songs just by hearing his voice. The music is melodic and almost haunting in parts. The lyrics are often quite deep, and deal with the human psyche, relationships, and life in general. This band are one of my favourites now.
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