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Audio Jane

Tariffville, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Tariffville, Connecticut, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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"CTNow Best of Hartford Reader's Poll: Best Indie Band (2018)"

Best Indie Band (2018) - Hartford Courant


"Our picks for 2018′s top 20 albums by Connecticut musicians"

Hartford-area atmospheric rock band Audio Jane turned a lot of heads with its 2017 album “Naïve.” It was a landmark release for a band that was finally rounding into form on a lot of different levels. Anyone worried that the band wouldn’t be able to at least match its songwriting prowess on the follow-up release “Letters” can rest easy. Led by the sultry and often spellbinding vocals of front woman Sarah Pech and a full canvas of gorgeously emotive songs, Audio Jane has pieced together an album equal parts powerful and languid. There’s a certain pop aesthetic to various tracks that lends an often earthy feel to the whole thing, while being balanced out by a number of seductive songs that tend to wrap themselves around the listener like a warm lover on a cold night. Few albums from 2018 will feel as inviting and yet as full of secrets. - Hartford Courant


"8 Things You Should Know About Audio Jane"

A few weeks ago I caught Hartford, CT-based foursome Audio Jane at The Acoustic, in Bridgeport, and I was quickly drawn in by their ‘90s style shoegaze / dream pop sound.
By the end of their set I wasn’t alone in my fascination, as everyone in the venue was enveloped by the ethereal, yet slightly grunge inspired, vibe the band had created.
So who are Audio Jane?
Here are eight things you should know about the band.
*There is no Jane
When asked about the origin of the band’s name, frontwoman Sarah Pech laughs, saying, “People think that I’m Jane, but I’m not.”
*The band’s name comes from, of all things, an ATM.
“We were looking for a new band name and nothing was really working,” she remembers, “I was at a bank ATM and there was an audio jack, and it’s like oh, Audio Jane.”
*The band was founded in 2016, but has gone through a few lineup changes
*Sarah, and lead guitarist Mike Goldberg, started Audio Jane in 2016. Current drummer Mike Ciunci came into the fold a year and a half ago, and the band’s newest member, bassist Nate Harris, joined in the summer of 2019.
*Their songs are a true group effort
Every member of Audio Jane is involved in the creation process of each song.
Sarah kicks things off using GarageBand on her iPad. “I’ll usually make a full demo with a drum loop,” she explains, “and I’ll figure out some guitar chords that I like, and then kind of figure out a melody, and then add words that fit.”
After the band hears the demo, Mike Goldberg says, “We’ll sort of decide, is this going to be upbeat, or mellow, and then Sarah asks me to add some atmospheric elements to the guitar – reverb, delays, and stuff like that.”
Mike Ciunci adds that for him, as a drummer, “The nature of the writing, and the style of how Sarah and Mike play together, allows for the creative freedom to either be open with it, or (have) more of an upbeat, driving feel.”
For Nate, being in a female-fronted band for the first time in his career has been a bit of a dream come true. “I’ve always been very drawn to female fronted bands,” he explains, “Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Mazzy Star – that’s who I’m singing along to in my car. So to get to add harmonies on top of that has been great. I’m really enjoying that.”
*While Sarah’s lyrics are personal and emotional, they’re usually the final piece of the puzzle

Sarah says writing the lyrics for each song “pretty much always comes last,” noting, “I get the melody first.”
Digging deeper into her process, she continued, “Sometimes I’ll have maybe a piece of the lyrics I want to use once I have that melodic idea, but because it all has to fit in I kinda stopped writing the words first, because they weren’t fitting into the music, or the melody once it came, and then it was annoying because I was so attached to the lyrics, but they couldn’t fit how I wanted, so I stopped doing it that way.”
*Their song “Ocean” was featured on The CW show Nancy Drew
This past fall Audio Jane could be heard on The CW drama Nancy Drew, as their song “Ocean,” which is off their 2017 album Naive, was featured on the show. When the band first received the news, one member surprised everyone with an unexpected amount of knowledge of the teen detective.
Sarah remembers, “Nate was throwing out all these Nancy Drew facts when we got on the show. It’s like, how do you know this?”
Nate’s answer – his daughter.
“My daughter started reading the books recently,” he explains, “She then got the audio books, which are read by (Laura Linney). But they’re good. I highly recommend them.”
With a laugh, he adds, “(Nancy Drew) solves every mystery, and the narrator tells you what she’s wearing throughout the entire thing.”
*Drummer Mike Ciunci is an old school hip-hop head
Calling Rakim his personal choice as the greatest emcee of all-time, and having an album collection that includes EPMD, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, and Wu-Tang Clan, Ciunci is an old school hip-hop head, and he says if you listen hard enough you may catch some of that influence in his drumming.
“By the style of my natural playing growing up, playing jazz and playing hip-hop, it lends itself, and it will bleed in. I don’t think it’s prevalent, but there are little things you can probably pick up and hear.”
When it comes to those little things, he says, “While you may not equate the actual style, some of the techniques, especially for me, the way that I will hit my snare, there’s still some jazz and hip-hop influence in little triplet mid hits that you don’t necessarily hear audibly unless you’re really really listening to it.”
*Sarah is reportedly a beast at Bingo
Don’t worry, the members of Audio Jane aren’t hustling your grandma at your local senior center’s bingo night, but if you see Sarah picking up a Bingo card, you might want to leave B-4 it’s too late. According to the band, she’s their big winner when it comes to bar bingo.
You’ve been warned!
*New Audio Jane music is on its way sometime this year

Audio Jane’s most recent release was their 2018 full length effort, Letters, but 2020 is looking like a year of new tunes, as Sarah says, “We have a bunch of new songs that we kind of have fleshed out already, and we have a few more to go.”
With recording starting soon, there’s a chance Audio Jane could have a new album out before the end of summer.
For more Audio Jane, check out audiojane.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. - Adam's World


"Audio Jane Turn Back The Clock With Latest Album “Naive”"

If you are in the mood for a walk down memory lane, then Connecticut ambient rock band Audio Jane will intrigue you. With their brand of atmospheric indie rock, this five-piece musical collective from Hartford, Connecticut are bringing back the sounds of years past. Audio Jane does the important things well on their latest album Naive. The vocals and lyrics of lead singer Sarah Pech easily take center stage. However, her supporting cast of Mike Goldberg on lead guitar, Mark Coté on drums, Jesse Perkins on bass and Dave Ciciotte on backup guitar/vocals bring an enormous amount of instrumental depth to the table as well. Building on the success that the band received for its 2016 EP, A Full Bird’s Wing, Audio Jane has continued to develop their sound with this latest effort. - Sensible Reason


"Audio Jane - A Full Bird's Wing (Self-Released)"

Audio Jane is a new indie-rock quintet from Hartford, Connecticut. Their first EP, A Full Bird’s Wing, is set to be released later this month, and is expected to be followed by a full-length next year. Influenced by 90’s alternative, singer Sarah Pech’s intimate, breathy vocals call to mind Aimee Mann or Kim Deal, and the grungey guitars and fuzzy basslines are reminiscent of The Breeders as well. But Audio Jane is so much more than just a nostalgia act, and there is a vitality and energy to the band that is utterly contemporary.

The structures of songs like “White Lies” and “Baby I Know” are relatively simple, but the band’s focus is put more on a gradual swell of emotion, and attitude. Even Pech’s lyrics seem less important than the way she sings them and the specific feelings she transmits. The song “Radiohead,” for example, not only discloses one of Audio Jane’s key influences, but it also communicates that magical feeling of listening to one of your favorite bands and how it physically and mentally affects you. This EP is a fantastically cohesive and effective debut from a band with an identity already carved out in stone. A Full Bird’s Wing is out July 23rd. - The Big Takeover


"Audio Jane – Turning Terrible Plans Into Great Songs"

Connecticut-based indie rock foursome Audio Jane have a terrible plan, but it’s a plan you’re going to like the sound of, as A Terrible Plan is the name of the band’s upcoming album.

For Audio Jane – which consists of Sarah LaTorra (vocals, guitar), Mike Ciunci (drums), Nate Harris (bass), and Mike Goldberg (guitar) (photo: L to R) – A Terrible Plan is actually part of some great plans that are now coming to fruition.

In addition to the release of the album, which is due out March 26th, they're also featured on the soundtrack to the movie The Never List, which was just released on Amazon Prime, and a variety of other streaming services.

They also have two live shows lined up, although Nate admits that with the band having only played one show since the pandemic shut everything down, “We’re gonna have to remember how to do it again. Never mind just the nerves of getting in front of people and playing, but also remembering the whole back catalog.”
When they hit the stage they’ll have the music of A Terrible Plan as part of their set, and I caught up with all four members of Audio Jane to find out more about the album, the lyrical element they feel everyone will be able to relate to, and whether or not we should refer to them a shoegaze band.

You’re considered a shoegaze band, which is a genre I’m not sure everybody knows a lot about even though it’s been around for, I want to say, a solid 35 years. What do you see as the role, or the place, of shoegaze in 2021?

Mike C: I feel like it’s such an inherently British thing … I don’t know. It’s a good question. Everything comes around. I think there’s elements that weave itself back through, even in newer bands, so if you think about the last five years, and bands like The xx, even though there’s a lot of electronica, and breakbeats in The xx, there’s a lot of shoegaziness in The xx, as well.

I don’t know that there are bands that are out there really touting themselves as shoegaze, as opposed to you still have bands that have shoegazy elements in them. They’ll weave in like trip-hop and shoegaze together.

So are you guys holding the flag right now, in terms of holding it down for the genre?

Sarah: I don’t know what flag we’re holding right now. {laughs}
It’s interesting to hear you say that. I opened by saying you’re a shoegaze band, but is that a fair classification at this point?

Mike G: It seems tough to classify us without stringing together two, or three, different genres (together).

Sarah: I get (told we’re) grunge rock. I guess I just feel like we write what comes naturally, and then it is whatever genre it fits into.
Does it bother you when someone gives you a single genre classification?

Mike G: The only one is the ‘90s rock thing.

Nate: Yeah, I feel like that sorta signals like a nostalgia that we’re really not going for. We all grew up on ‘90s music, so of course it’s gonna be kinda infused in everything, but yeah, I’m the same, I don’t really like the reference to a decade rather than a genre.
The new album, due out March 26th, is titled A Terrible Plan. Does this title have anything to do with what you were hoping to accomplish in 2020 before the pandemic hit?

Mike C: No, but looking back it very well could dovetail, and fit into it nicely.

So what was the terrible plan?

Sarah: It’s one of the lyrics in “While You Were Gone,” and it fits into the theme of a lot of the songs. They’re (about) situations that went bad.

Mike G: Relationship-wise.

I feel like you’re all doing fine relationship-wise, so are these your own relationships that were worked into songs, or situations that others have been through that you’ve observed?

Sarah: I mean, I’ve been married three times so … {laughs} … I’ll just leave that there.

Nate: Relationships have a long tail, so she can go to that well for a long time.

Mike C: We will milk Sarah’s pain for all of the songs.
Everyone: {laughs}

And you’re OK with that, right?

Sarah: Oh yeah. {laughs}

Are these songs written in a way where the people involved are going to be able to figure out the lyrics are about them?

Sarah: I think they might possibly know, but it’s kind of vague. I try to make the songs somewhat relatable, so it’s not super specific, it’s just more hitting on that emotion, because I want it to be relatable, and have feeling behind it.

Mike G: As someone in the band, I can also take what the songs are about and apply them to my own life, and my own relationships, and relate to them that way, too, so hopefully listeners will do the same thing.

Mike C: Yeah, I think shitty relationships are pretty universal.
Let’s take a second to flip things. Once you’ve recognized something is terrible, how do you turn it around?

Sarah: Write sad songs about it. {laughs}

Mike G: The songs are like alchemizing the relationships into something productive, something fun to listen to.

Nate: I feel like there’s a certain comfort, too, in a relationship, knowing – OK, I just hit bottom. I am at the bottom now, so I’m going up from here. I’m gonna drink a little whiskey, and then things will start to be better tomorrow, and every day thereafter, hopefully.
There’s a real comfort in that, I feel.

The lead single is “While You Were Gone.” Why is this the song you chose to release first?

Sarah: I thought “While You Were Gone” is catchy, and it does have that title lyric in it.

Mike C: It’s a good representative, I think, of the overall feel of the album. There’s an element of garage with more uptempo stuff kind of mixed in, and I think the overall theme is there. There’s kind of the grayness in the darkness undertone aligned to it.

To Sarah’s point, besides being catchy and a little more uptempo, I think, overall, if you kind of amalgamated the rest of the music together there is an underlying theme, and tone, of sadness, and darkness, woven throughout.

Nate: I feel like when we started working on it I kind of always had heard that as the first song on the album. It gets going in fits and starts – me and Mike C on bass and drums, it’s like we can’t decide if we’re starting the song or not. It starts and stops, and finally it gets going.

I feel like the song style itself, the arrangement, everything – I feel like I see where we’re going in the future. That seems like the direction we’re going, so I’m excited.

Mike C: One of the things I love about it more than anything is Sarah sounds so pissed on it. That raw emotion that she evokes, I love.
There is an element, kind of a non-shoegaze element, where it’s not dreamy. There is a real kind of visceral reaction that you can hear.

Sarah, when you’re getting rawness in your singing, what do you draw on other than personal experience? What are your influences for that particular aspect of your music?

Sarah: I grew up listening to Kurt Cobain, and all the grunge stuff, so I guess that is one of the big influences. I mean, I don’t get as raw as Kurt Cobain, but I’ve always loved that rawness in a lead vocalist.
I think it’s really just being true, feeling some sort of emotion when you’re singing, and conveying that. That’s important. I don’t like it when somebody is so polished that you don’t hear that there’s feeling behind it.

When the pandemic hit, what did you all do to make sure Audio Jane would still be going strong?

Mike G: We waited a couple weeks, and eventually we started getting together with masks on, and recording.

Nate: I’m not sure we’d be where we’re at now with the album (were it not for the pandemic).

We had probably eight shows, or so, booked between March and May. At first it felt like oh, it’s gonna be two weeks, or whatever. We just watched each one of those shows fall off the calendar.

I think we started (on the album) in April, or May. Sarah had a baby in June, so we took a couple months off after that, and then we just worked through, because we haven’t had anything else to do.
I feel like (had life been normal) we would’ve played a lot more shows, and done a lot less recording in 2020.

Mike C: I agree in that I think this doesn’t get made, and doesn’t get made in the way that it was made, oddly enough, without the pandemic. I think our focus would’ve been on more live shows, and I think besides the pandemic, again with Sarah being pregnant I think there was a commitment to all of us that not only did we need to respect each other’s health, but it wasn’t just us that we had to worry about. Sarah was pregnant, we had to worry about that. I think we made a great commitment to each other to say look, we’re only going to do this if we’re very safe, if we’re very comfortable, and we agree to be in our own little kind of cohort bubble. And again, it all worked out.

We took as much precaution as we could. We had the luck, and capability, of, at the time, being in Sarah’s basement, which was wide enough, and spread out enough that we could practice and play, all with masks down, and not really be that close to each other. So I think it just worked out in an odd way that probably would’ve not turned out the same had it not been for the pandemic.

Sarah, with the baby coming last year, which was clearly not a terrible plan, have you seen motherhood change anything about the way you approach music?

Sarah: I think the way that I write songs going forward is going to change a lot just because the things that are relevant to me are so different now. It’s completely changed who I am as a person.
I don’t even know, right now, how I’m functioning, because I haven’t slept for three days.

I haven’t had time to write since he was born, but I’ve thought a lot about how I want to change things, and thought about ideas for songs, and how I want to approach writing, so I’m excited to have had a break from writing songs, just to see how it changes what comes out next. It’s probably not going to be about terrible relationships so much, and I don’t want to write so many songs with just the regular structure that they typically have. I want to kind of shake things up. - Adam's World


Discography

A Terrible Plan (2021)

Letters (2018)

Naive (2017)

A Full Bird's Wing (EP) (2016)

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Bio

Audio Jane is a female-fronted atmospheric band from Tariffville, Connecticut. Fronted by singer-songwriter Sarah LaTorra, the group melds elements of grunge and shoegaze. The songs feature reverb-drenched vocals, atmospheric guitars, and a driving rhythm section. Backing up LaTorra (lead vocals, guitar) are Mike Goldberg (guitar), Nate Harris (bass, backing vocals), and Mike Ciunci (drums).

 The band received rave reviews in 2016 for the EP A Full Bird's Wing,” with the Huffington Post affirming "Audio Jane is just damn good.”  The follow up, 2017's Naive, was similarly well received and won Best Connecticut Album of the Year CTNow's 2018 Best of Hartford Reader's Poll. Audio Jane has been featured on NPR's "Where We Live," and their track "Ocean" was featured on the CW show Nancy Drew

In 2018, the band released their second full-length album Letters, which was included in the Hartford Courant's top 20 albums by Connecticut artists that year. The song "Slow Summer Days" won Best Connecticut Song of the Year in the CTNow 2019 Reader's Poll.

Band Members