From the ashes of recession-era America and armed with the intent to reclaim the current musical landscape away from silly haircuts and designer jeans, The Jury Pool is independent rock at it's core: four musicians using their precious time and little money to write and produce the music they love, without the help of managers, publicists or labels. Having honed his skills by pounding the skins for 90s punk act Rhythm Collision, drummer Sean Donnelly met guitarist/keyboardist Chad Sands back in 2004 when the two played in the hardcore-mariachi outfit Carne Asada. Though the band was short-lived, the raw skills and visceral energy that drove that unit would later help fuel The Jury Pool's explosive rhythm section. Upon returning home to Los Angeles in 2007 after a yearlong sojourn to China and elsewhere throughout Asia, lead guitarist/vocalist Jordan Helman reconnected with fellow film school graduate Sands, whom he had met through a mutual friend while at college. Now back in the same city, the two were eager to begin fleshing out songs. Sands, originally a Seattle-area native and guitarist of Pacific Northwest teen-darlings Subminute: radio, knew that Donnelly's fast and powerful drumming style would be the perfect fit for Helman's distortion-laden guitar. Within a matter of weeks the three began jamming, initially working on old riffs from college and Helman's 4-track demos he had recorded while in Asia. Their call for a bass player was soon answered one fateful, tequila soaked evening when fellow LA-born, multi-instrumentalist and all-around technical wizard Michael Lewis ran into Helman amidst a backdrop of Mexican wrestling masks at a local dive bar. Lewis, former lead guitarist for Los Angeles progressive-alt act Remote, recalled the two had met and jammed years earlier and asked Helman, 'aren't you the guitarist who digs Bowie?' Knowing the question was purely rhetorical, Helman could only muster a smile to answer. Soon, the four musicians found themselves locked in a small, grimy room with Lewis on bass, unleashing a collective blend of relentless rock and roll sound. Weeks turned into months, and after nearly two years of exhaustive creative collaboration and an ambitious barnstorming of gigs both large and small throughout the Southland, The Jury Pool has distilled their efforts into their debut album, Ulterior Motives.