First Story Jumper

First Story Jumper

 Spokane, Washington, USA
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FSJ's diverse range of alternative and electro-acoustic style is both energetic and inventive while remaining open, honest, and accessible. The blend of organic and electronic offers a fresh take on Alternative Rock.

Biography

"Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still."
~Henry David Thoreau

First Story Jumper is a modern rock band hailing from Washington State. FSJ's diverse range of alternative and electro-acoustic style is both energetic and inventive while remaining open, honest, and accessible. The blend of organic and electronic offers a fresh take on Alternative Rock. Intelligent lyrics press forward as both unique and accessible to a wide audience. FSJ’s music resonates, it’s relatable and sincere.

FSJ started in 2006 as a cross state collaboration by principle songwriter and guitarist Kenneth McLarin, who resides in Seattle, with bassist Michael Ninemire and Drummer Eric Holje from Spokane. While working out songwriting demos they recruited guitarist Jae Ham and vocalist David Arnold to round out the group. Jae and Kenneth both shared a love of writing, recording, and the production process, as both have extensive experience working with artists in the Pacific Northwest.

There was an immediate draw and love of the early demo material, but it wasn't until the entire band contributed that a unique soundscape developed. Produced and recorded by the band, their debut self titled album has been released online and will soon be available on CD.

The members of FSJ have been inspired by many modern rock bands that combine passion, rhythm, melody, love of production and song craft. Their sound deftly blends many styles and influences while carving out a unique and true identity. The writing is personal and emotional and their vision of performance has allowed them to truly stand out. FSJ Combines the pop edge of Blink 182, the melodic and lyrical depth of Death Cab and the melodic prowess of Augustana. FSJ has been influenced by many artists such as Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Mute Math, BT, Switchfoot, Nada Surf, Thrice & Coldplay. During the writing and recording process they worked to define their own space, a collide-scope of electro-acoustic anthem rock, if you will.

This first story is barely on its opening chapter, the band is energized and ready to face the future with open arms.

Lyrics

B-Side

Written By: Kenneth McLarin

those are tears
you fight away
relics of the other day
Is it me?
lost track of time
I do believe
my eyes are blind

we rise above falling on our sword
we cradle love before the babe is born

and I’m the one that let is slide
living my life on the b side.
save your breath
you take mine
cause I don’t mind

cast a glare
no brush aside
I’m just not privy
to your beautiful mind
why don’t you tell us what it’s like
and leave this all behind
it aint pretty no it aint right
but there’s a guilty man about to die
why don’t you tell us what it’s like
and leave us all behind

do we know the company
do we know the gravity

Discography

First Story Jumper - Digital Release July 2009
CD Released August 2009

Set List

DAYLIGHT
GET ME
WHEEL
BREAK
B SIDE
GRACE DRIVE THRU AMERICAN SOMETHING WASTE TIME
RETURN TO SENDER
RIGHT ONE

45min to 1 hr is our average set. Primarily original music with a couple covers thrown in from time to time.