Blister Burn Blacken & Peel
Magic combinations...How often do they really come together? It was the spring of 2006 when guitarist Rob Nishida and Tony Chlup decided to get together, play some tunes that Rob had stockpiled, and maybe find a bassist and then a singer if things went well. The two had a common goal - play music that they really wanted to play and most importantly, have fun. Things immediately clicked, so Tony, who was the drummer at the time, and Rob began months of auditions. During one of these auditions, they happened upon Jason Bramlett, a local singer that came over as the guest of a bass player the duo was trying out at the time. After jamming on a couple of tunes, it was obvious that, though talented, the bass player was not going to work out; but equally obvious to Rob and Tony, was that the voice of their new band was standing in their studio. After a few more rehearsals, Jason (JB) agreed to be the singer of this new band. Nods to influences like Incubus, Tool and the Foo Fighters sometimes surfaced in the early material, but JB's deeply personal lyrics and emotive and identifiable vocal style, Tony's (who was doubling on bass and drums by then) melodic bass work and creative groove construction, and Rob's inventive songwriting and guitar work began to transform the music beyond their influences. Songs written in that period including show stoppers "The Healer" and "Comes Alive" were fresh and focused - a unique sound was developing between the three musicians. Unable to find the "right" bassist, Tony, equally adept on bass, eventually agreed to move over to hold down the bottom full time. After working on the material for over a year as a trio, Rob put in a call to his old friend Lance Tamanaha in the summer of 2008. Within one rehearsal, it was unanimous that Lance's groove and dynamic drumming was the final missing piece to the puzzle, and the three persuaded Lance to join the band. JB imagined up the name Jupiter Ignition, and knowing they were on to something very special, the newly minted band started in earnest to develop their live set. The band began to gig around the South Bay in November of 2008 to tremendous reception, each gig being more highly anticipated than the next. A few acoustic shows were mixed in to keep things fresh, and the band honed and polished their material over the following months, and writing lots of new material including fan favorites "Hunger Deep" and "Occlusion Point" during that time. Recording for the band's first full length CD "Blister, Burn, Blacken & Peel," began in January of 2009 and was released in Aug. 2011. Come check out this "magic combination" for yourself, at a South Bay venue near you.