JJAMZ (pronounced “juh-Jamz”) is a Los Angeles indie-pop group comprised of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Michael Runion, and Z Berg (The Like).
Their Dangerbirds Records debut album Suicide Pact was self-produced by the band with the added talents of Jason Lader (Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas).
From the churning, he-said, she-said “LAX” and the wistfully dark album title track “Suicide Pact,” to the driving, Madonna-esque “Heartbeat,” and the crooning, smooth vocal pairings between Berg and Runion on “Cleverly Disguised,” each and every song stands on its own as a heart-wrenching narrative and a master course in lyrical prowess.
With a band made up of five of music’s most innovative artists, one would expect nothing less.
Boy do I miss Rilo Kiley, but this almost makes up for the loss.
Check out four of the tracks from this great album.
Suicide Pact JJAMZ - Suicide Pact (The Satellite, Los Angeles CA 6/25/12
Heartbeat Official music video for "Heartbeat" from JJAMZ debut album "Suicide Pact"
LAX live at Webster Hall - July 10, 2012
1. Get What You Want
2. Suicide Pact
4. Square One
5. Never Enough
7. Cleverly Disguised
9. You Were My Home
10. Change My Mind