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"Our music is inspired by fun," says JPNSGRLS drummer Graham Serl. "We have such a good time playing our songs loud and fast. We get sweaty and get people dancing."
Singer Charlie Kerr nods in agreement and adds, "That's pretty much the modus operandi of what we've been doing since we were 17: what can we do that will get people excited?"
JPNSGRLS — pronounced "Japanese Girls" — formed in Vancouver in 2010 with a lineup that includes Serl, Kerr, guitarist Oliver Mann and bassist Chris McClelland. Their name was inspired by the female Japanese rock band Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, and they made their debut with The Sharkweek EP in 2013.
For their brand new debut LP, Circulation, due in the of summer 2014, the outfit hunkered down in Vancouver's Greenhouse Studios with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). The 12 songs were tracked in just seven days, and they mix straight-out-of-the-garage noisiness with earworm hooks and genre-jumping eclecticism. The album was mastered by world renowned engineer Greg Calbi (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT) and it presents JPNSGRLS as a force to be reckoned with. They recently completed a Canadian tour with Mounties and more outings are planned for later this year.
"From the moment you press play on JPNSGRLS’ debut LP, ‘Circulation,’ the opening guitar riff tosses you into a set of songs that makes you want to listen from start to finish… From the frenetic sounds of ‘Smalls’ and ‘Mushrooms’ to headbangers like ‘Brandon’ and ‘Brace Yourself,’ JPNSGRLS provide listeners with a collection of songs that run a range of emotions and styles. In other words, there’s something for just about everyone." Diffuser.fm
"In just the first four tracks of Circulation - the Vancouver quartet’s full-length debut (released by Light OrganRecords on 15th July) - JPNSGRLS (pronounced as “Japanese Girls”) clearly demarcate what makes them so special in this age of pristine pop hacks and artless copyists... Circulation is one of those albums, rock lovers can listen to all the way through – a rarity in itself in 2014. Bloody essential!" Power of Pop
“...calls to mind Dinosaur Jr. on a speed binge with Hot Hot Heat." CraveOnline
“...keeps the action frenetic, with memorable lines that continue to linger amid the shredding licks” Impose
“Bold, creative and delightfully offbeat, JPSNGLRS are a force to be reckoned with… for fans of truly unique modern rock.” Discorder Mag
“… the wonderful melding of rock and pop results in a perfect musical storm…A pleasing debut.” 4.5/5 Todayonline.com
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