News for Jo Passed

NEWS : TUE, APR 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch: Jo Passed Shares Official Video For “Glass” From ‘Their Prime,’ The Group’s Forthcoming Album

Their Prime will be available May 25th worldwide from Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records.

Jo Passed have delivered an official video for “Glass” from the group’s forthcoming album, Their Prime. Director John Mutter offers this of the video: “Members of Jo Passed’s lives are turned upside when they receive some unwanted news.  Can they conquer their fears and face their conflict head on?”


Jo Passed Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jo Passed previously announced headlining dates in support of Their Prime begin May 25th in Vancouver, BC at Red Gate Arts Society and ending June 29th in Seattle at Barboza. Along the way the band will co-headline with Hardly Art’s Dick Stusso (June 6th-18th) and make an appearance at Calgary’s Sled Island Festival (June 21-23).  Preceding the tour, the band will appear Canadian Music Week (for Royal Mountain Records Showcase) in Toronto at The Garrison on May 12th.
 
May 12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison / CMW (Royal Mtn. Records showcase)
May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Red Gate Arts Society
May 27 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
May 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge
May 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
May 31 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Jun. 01 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Jun. 02 - Fort Worth, TX - MASS
Jun. 04 - Nashville, TN - The End
Jun. 05 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
Jun. 06 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Jun. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Jun. 09 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Jun. 10 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall*
Jun. 11 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz*
Jun. 12 - Ottawa, ON - Makerspace North*
Jun. 13 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar*
Jun. 14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*
Jun. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - TBC*
Jun. 16 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village*
Jun. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club*
Jun. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*
Jun. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will Social Club
Jun. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
Jun. 21-23 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
Jun. 27 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 29 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
*w/ Dick Stusso



Jo Passed’s Their Prime will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records on May 25th.  The album, which features the aforementioned “Glass,” along with “Millennial Trash Blues” and “MDM,” and was recorded during the fall / winter of 2016/17 at Thor’s Palace & KW Studios, both in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
Preorders for Their Prime are now available through Sub Pop and Royal Mountain Records. LP purchases through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAR 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Jo Passed’s Surreal, Nightmarish Official Video For “Millennial Trash Blues” Off Forthcoming Album “Their Prime” (out 5/25)

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Jo Passed and director Justin Gradin have delivered a surreal new visual for Their Prime standout “Millennial Trash Blues”. Director Gradin offers this of the video: “A nightmare on the tip of an eyelash. An astrological garbage dump with burning snowflakes and a trap door.  A wild teen awake in someone else’s dream.”

The Grey Estates premiered the video, and said, “The dream world created in Jo Passed’s video for “Millennial Trash Blues” is as dynamic, colorful and unsettled as its single counterpart. The visuals…are unusual and outlandish, the costumed characters and eye-popping imagery inspired by the act of stepping into someone’s dream. And while the brightly painted faces and monster under the bed that appear in the video are memorable, it’s the single that holds it all together; a perfect soundtrack for the nearly four minutes of unexpected and delightful terrors (see premiere March 28th).”




Jo Passed Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jo Passed just announced headlining dates in support of Their Prime beginning May 25th in Vancouver, BC at Red Gate Arts Society and ending June 29th in Seattle at Barboza. Highlights include: Canadian Music Week in Toronto on May 12th; co-headline dates with Hardly Art’s Dick Stusso (June 6th-10th; June 14th-18th); and Calgary’s Sled Island Festival (June 21-23).

Apr. 14 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
May 12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Red Gate Arts Society
May 27 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
May 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Moroccan Lounge
May 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
May 31 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
Jun. 01 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
Jun. 02 - Fort Worth, TX - MASS
Jun. 04 - Nashville, TN - The End
Jun. 05 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
Jun. 06 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Jun. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Jun. 09 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Jun. 10 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall*
Jun. 11 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz
Jun. 12 - Ottawa, ON - Makerspace North
Jun. 13 - Detroit, MI - Marble Bar*
Jun. 14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*
Jun. 15 - Cincinnati, OH - TBC*
Jun. 16 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village*
Jun. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club*
Jun. 18 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*
Jun. 19 - Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will Social Club
Jun. 20 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
Jun. 21-23 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
Jun. 27 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Jun. 29 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
*w/ Dick Stusso


Jo Passed will release Their Prime on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records on May 25th.  The album, which features the aforementioned “Millennial Trash Blues” along with “ MDM,” and “Glass,” was recorded during the fall / winter of 2016/17 at Thor’s Palace & KW Studios, both in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. LP purchases through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, FEB 27, 2018 at 7:00 AM

We Signed Vancouver B.C.’s Jo Passed! Now See/Hear Video For “MDM” From The Band’s First Full-Length, ‘Their Prime’ (out May 25th)

Their Prime will be available worldwide from Sub Pop Records with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records

Stoked to announce we signed Canadian rippers Jo Passed, and on May 25th we’ll release Their Prime, the band’s first full-length record, worldwide through Sub Pop Records, with the exception of Canada through Royal Mountain Records.  The album, which features the singles “ MDM,” “Glass” and “Millennial Trash Blues,” was recorded during the fall / winter of 2016/17 at Thor’s Palace & KW Studios, both in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
The band have delivered an official video for Their Prime standout “MDM,” which was directed by Eleanor Petry.” Bandleader Jo Hirabayashi says of the video, “something something, on my phone too much, something something, marshall mcluhan, something something, stanley kubrick, something something, the medium is the message, something something, ouch my insides.”


 
Jo has been part of the DIY music scene since his late teens. Initially it was just him and his high school best friend Elliot Langford against the world. They were the “freaky music weirdos” and they began their own band projects. Jo was pretty sure that it would be two of them riding into the sunset – or maybe the gloom – together. Personal circumstances and the phenomenon of the late 20s return of Saturn (for those who believe in astrology) got in the way. Their band Sprïng called it a day. That’s where the life of Jo Passed began. The idea of a band dynamic is far more appealing to Jo than solo projects, and the current incarnation of Jo Passed feels like its most robust yet.  
 
Jo, along with his friend and drummer Mac Lawrie, moved across the country from Vancouver to Montreal. The two would play shows in Montreal and eventually tour the far right corner of North America. Upon Jo’s return to the west coast, multi-instrumentalist Bella Bébé officially joined the band in January of 2016, expanding Jo Passed from trio to a full quartet. Multimedia artist Megan-Magdalena Bourne began working with Jo Passed on a video project for the song “Rage” (from the Out EP). This creative partnership would eventually lead to her taking on the role of bassist for the band.
 
When not geeking out over The Zombies, or Nirvana, or Johann Sebastian Bach… Bella, Mac, and Megan have worked with Jo to realize the live experience of Their Prime, following two Jo Passed EPs titled Up and Out.

Jo Passed Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jo Passed has scheduled a few spring club shows and festival dates before hitting the road later this year. Current highlights include shows with Hardly Art’s Dick Stusso (March 16th-24th) and an appearance at Treefort Music Festival in Boise (March 21st). 

Mar. 16 - Bozeman, MT - Labor Temple*
Mar. 18 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge*
Mar. 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court*
Mar. 21 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
Mar. 22 - Seattle, WA - Barboza*
Mar. 24 - Portland, OR - Crush House *
Apr. 14 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
*w/ Dick Stusso


Preorders for Their Prime are now available through Sub Pop and Royal Mountain Records. LP purchases in North America through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last). 
 
Their Prime is a record about identity and the loss of time that happens as a direct consequence of being in the city with nowhere to rent, no time outside of employment and no realistic expectations to live up to. It encompasses that fear of being beyond the glory years, the most creatively fruitful period of one’s life. Those years were lost to contemporary struggles for working relationships, home, identity and space. “It’s me owning my worst nightmare,” he admits. “A lot of the Jo Passed project has been about confronting fears. I was afraid to move away from Vancouver to Montreal on my own. Afraid to leave musical relationships I had. Afraid to bare the full responsibility of a project. I’ve been putting out records and not ones anyone’s necessarily heard. Being open about those fears is a good way of dealing with them. You end up at this point where you hit 30 and you’re like, ‘Oh what happened? Am I done? Did I not activate my main creative energy?’ It’s a ridiculous idea but 30 feels a little like 1000 in rock n roll terms.” You can hear the frustrations and the jitters in the crashing loud-and-quiet motifs throughout the album’s twelve tracks, which offer up a patchwork quilt of sound, similar to Faust’s IV or Fugazi’s Red Medicine[read more at Sub Pop].


Posted by Rachel White