JPT (formerly Justpassingthru) will rock your eardrums with a deep message connecting you with every lyric. The New Jersey band, recently noted by mainstream music critics, brings rawness and memorable guitar hooks. In early 2010, JPT signed with Cul De Sac Records after doing a development and production deal with the label in 2009.
JPT is made up of Mooki (lead vocals), Joe “Gigs” Gorgolione (bass & vocals), Ron Leejack (drums) and Eli Endres (guitars). Influenced by a variety of genres from Top 40 Hits, a touch of metal, and lots of hard rock, JPT is ready to release their first national album titled The Burning.
“This album touches on what could be "darker side" of love,” explains JPT lead vocalist Mooki. “Everyone wants to experience the euphoric highs and emotions that come with love. But no one wants the tough times that come with love (if you stick around long enough). The irony is that when love makes it through these touch times it becomes so much more beautiful and precious.”
The lyrics, much like the band, cut straight to the heart about determination in the face of imminent despair with songs like “Deeper Than” (that gives a shout-out to "Dirty Jersey" -- an affectionate reference to the band's home state) or songs about selfishness “One” and even about true love and resolve “Let's Take Heaven”. In addition to great originals, The Burning features a great studio treatment of their live show favorite, a fist-pumping, anthem-rock version of "Tainted Love" (made popular by Soft Cell in 1981).
For the debut of their first national release, JPT teamed up with founder of rock group White Heart, Billy Smiley, to produce the album. Smiley enlisted industry notables who have worked with musical royalty, Blair Masters on synths and organ, George Cocchini, Brennan Smiley and Ed Aular (former JPT guitarist) on guitars, and Billy Whittington as the mixing engineer to work on The Burning.
"We wanted to create a heavy-hitting rock album," says the band's frontman Mooki, "We finally found our sonic sweet spot and a sound that hits as hard as the lyrics!"
As JPT continues to pack venues throughout the Tri-State area, you'll find hints of a number of artists from Shinedown to Green Day and you'll hear anything from hard rock to pop rock. There really is something for everyone on this album. The Burning is set to release to national retail on May 18, 2010, under Cul De Sac Records / INFINITY.
· Label: Cul De Sac Records / INFINITY
· Fan Base: Over 25K touches with music lovers in the past 2 years (download cards, CD samplers, live performances)
· Collaborations: Shared stage with Switchfoot at Rutgers University (4000 people)
· National Exposure: Filmed pilot for FUSE TV reality show (check out more info here: www.TruLoveRocks.com)
· Features: JPT's songs Morning Sun (Call Me Red) and Let's Take Heaven (from 2010's The Burning) will be featured in Stitched Crosses (a new web comic/video from Grail Quest Books)
· Awards: 2008 Momentum Rock Artist of the Year (out of 1000 other indie artists)
· Charts: The band's modern rock version of Praise Adonai rocked the CRW Global Rock charts at #3 for 6 months (2008-2009) and is still getting radio play
· Venues: Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ campus (with Switchfoot - 4000 people), Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ), SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center, NJ), Crocodile Rock Cafe (Allentown, PA), Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ), The Fortress (Nashville, TN), Sky Blue Women's Pro Soccer game (Rutgers, New Brunswick), Somerset Patriots baseball game (Somerset, NJ), New Jersey Jackals baseball game (Montclair, NJ), and many more
· Top Markets: New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Maine
Mooki (lead vocal), Joe 'Gigs' Gorgolione (bass, vocal), Ron Leejack (drums), Eli Endres (guitar)
The Burning (May 18, 2010)
Praise Adonai (2008 -- radio single)
Call Me Red (2007)
Major Label Material For Sure
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"New Jersey's Justpassingthru, now known simply as JPT, grabbed my attention because they sound like..."New Jersey's Justpassingthru, now known simply as JPT, grabbed my attention because they sound like some of the bands my roomates, and eventually myself, listened to in college - Disturbed, Creed, Stone Temple Pilots, Audioslave, etc...There's no doubt this band is tight and definitely has some cred, sharing the stage with a number of major acts. This isn't some rubbish local bar band. I can see this band on a major label for sure."
Ryan Wood (Boston, MA)
Feb 8, 2010
JPT Really Rocks!
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[JPT's music is] filled with great vocals, memorably-edgy guitar riffs, and grooves that just won’t ...[JPT's music is] filled with great vocals, memorably-edgy guitar riffs, and grooves that just won’t quit!
- Tim Louie (Feb 16, 2010)
1. Deeper Than
2. Morning Sun
3. Overtake Me
3. Don't Be Afraid
5. If You Could Only See
6. Tainted Love
7. One With You
8. Let's Take Heaven
9. Praise Adonai
10. Watch Yourself
we do one set 45min. to 1 hour of original and cover
If You Could Only See (Tonic)
Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
Hanging By A Moment (Lifehouse)
All My Life (Foo Fighters)
Praise Adonai (Paul Baloche)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.