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In the past year and a half, the Portland, Oregon band Jonah has experienced packed clubs, adoring fans, cross-country adventures, supportive press, a spot on two episodes of Dawson's Creek including the season premiere, and at least one shirtless girl…all thanks to the release of their debut album, Save the Swimmer. Close to a conceptual album, Swimmer manages to unravel a larger and more dynamic sound than the band could imagine.
Since their inception in 1998, Jonah has resisted becoming a mainstream and, more often than not, generic sounding rock band. Instead, the band is forging new rock roads, exploring a sonic sophistication and beauty that is rare in the world of pop today.
A sound unto themselves, Jonah draws on influences only to the point of inspiration, not mimicry. U2 grandeur, Radiohead experimentalism, Travis' sensitivity-these are some of the sounds that inspire. Still, even with vocals comparable to the late greats Freddie Mercury AND Jeff Buckley, Jonah sounds only like Jonah.
The band is continuing their musical exploration with the release of a five song EP. The Safe Distance EP, has picked up where Save the Swimmer left off. It finds the band experimenting with sound and the best moments of Swimmer- resulting in five songs that truly push the limits of rock- a group of songs that already have critics buzzing.
In April of 2003, the band signed a deal with the management team of Alan Mintz and Chris Long. Mintz & Long’s collective resume includes work with bands like Nirvana, Counting Crows and Queens of the Stone Age. Mintz and Long are currently shopping around for the best of publishing, licensing and recording deals.
"jonah continues to create music with warmth and artily charming pop hooks." - the Oregonian
"undoubtedly some of the best songwriting from a Northwest band…emotionally it is intense
and overpowering." - the Statesman Journal
"the depth and the lyrics and the intelligently well-crafted means by which they are delivered calls to mind everything that is good and uplifting about bands such as radiohead and U2." -Two Louies
Alan Mintz at AMPM: 310.392.7703 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Chris Long Management 213.482.9985 www.jonahtheband.com