Jae Stevens Live

Jae Stevens Live

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Honest and anxious indie pop rock, with familiar hooks. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Widely popular amongst college-aged concert-goers.

Biography

The members of Jae Stevens Live trace their roots to the neighboring Detroit suburbs of Troy and Birmingham. The pieces, however, did not come together until the fall of 2004 when Jae Stevens and Anders Nilsson came together for a small performance in their University of Michigan fraternity. Jason Lurie and Al Huang soon joined the two to complete the group.

At the age of 16, Stevens’ early infatuation with music finally got him to pick up a guitar. He was immediately hooked, and began writing songs, modeling them after artists like Howie Day and Sting. After only a year on the instrument, he had taken second place at a local ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition with his unreleased tracks, “Monkey Love,” “Bone,” and “Morning Light.”

Anders Nilsson and Jason Lurie have been playing together since they became friends in middle school, with frequent support from Alex Huang on an array of instruments. The Troy group played talent shows and local teen events throughout high school, performing most often under the name: Tested 3 Times. The band underwent many changes in the 8 years of its existence and dabbled in such genres as: alternative, ska, punk, rock, jam band, and classic rock. The group was temporarily disbanded as college placed Nilsson in Ann Arbor, MI and Lurie in Philadelphia, PA for a year. However, once back in Michigan, Lurie was drawn in by Nilsson to record for a few of Stevens’ demos to add a new dimension. The three were successful and decided to start a band. Of course, no band is complete without a bassist, and Huang was the natural choice to fill these shoes. And behold, it was a Festivus Miracle!!!

Of course, with four members come four different musical styles/tastes. This diversity aids the writing process and the eclecticism that results is amazingly coherent. Thereby each member’s contributions can be heard ranging from Nilsson’s love for classic guitar solos, Stevens’ indie enthusiasm, Huang’s extensive musical training, and Lurie’s self-proclaimed jazz/rock/fusion style. The final product is a totally original sound based on influences from Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw, Jimmy Eat World, Jimmy Hendrix, Coldplay and Guster, to name a few.

A typical Jae Stevens Live concert is anything but. Mixing in with their original pieces a variety of cover songs ranging from the Goo Goo Dolls to Coldplay, the audience can always be seen singing, shouting, and even dancing along. The abrasiveness of Steven’s wide-ranged voice is stylistically, yet often unexpectedly complemented by the untamed, classic rock-reminiscent guitar solos of Nilsson.


Though just one year in the running, the band has opened for the likes of Matt Wertz, Jesse Payne, and Greenstreet, yet they are also a consistent headliner at local venues in Ann Arbor. Their accomplishments stretch further than their college campus however, as three of their songs: “Don’t Even Know Me,” “For a Beat,” and “Fine Go” were recently featured at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. The band’s music will also soon be available on iTunes.

JSL is currently planning it’s first East Coast tour (and first inter-state concerts) in the Spring, and are gearing to play in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. The latest collection of recordings can be found on the Studio 6 EP, recorded and produced through May and June of 2005. A select few songs from the EP are featured at www.JaeStevens.com in addition to tracks from an upcoming LP to be finished by mid 2006.

Lyrics

For a Beat

Written By: Jae Stevens

I thought I'd found the one
and made a humble home
inside this fragile frame where you kept me
I know its not alright with you
but you don't need to choose
I'll just light this former flame
and embrace what we became

akward pauses when we meet
just breathin for a beat
changin my routine
with advice from magazines

but don't you worry lover
maybe there's another
reason left to dream
just bursting at the seems

Chorus:
(when will I)
meet somebody who loves me
meet somebody who cares
meet someone
or have I already met you?

Despite the weather here
our hearts know better dear
they still beat along
to the soundtrack of our song

akward pauses when we meet
just breathin for a beat
changing our routine
with advice from magazines

chorus

and I thought I knew you
but did I lose you, lose you

Chorus
(why you runin
and where you runin to?
I've been there to)

© 2005 Jae Stevens

Don't Even Know Me

Written By: Jae Stevens


Let’s be a little more honest that usual Let’s jump the gun, go right up front for the casual I caught your eye, cause I know you cry, a little more than usual I just might have a problem you would understand You still might have an issue with that other man We’re the walking wounded Lest we forget

Chorus: Baby you, don’t even know me But I’m thinking that you’re holding the key to my sanity Baby you, might be the remedy, holding up this fragile heart from catastrophe

I know it’s late, I don’t equate a certain time with love It’ll show up when it’s supposed to I know you’re shy and that’s alright We can take this slow, no one has to know I just might have a problem you would understand You still might have an issue with that other man We’re the walking wounded Lest we forget

Chorus

Bridge: Here we are safe from bitter hearts Ready to tear you down I promise to hold your heart With an open hand, so you can understand how this is supposed to go

Chorus

© 2005 Jae Stevens

Fine, Go.

Written By: Jae Stevens

Ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la la

Here I thought you were the one, who had the better end of things, and yet I come to find you gone, you're body off my bedspring. And oh, oh oh, I know it wasn't perfect but, the way your body fit with mine, would imply a stronger tie. and so I told you not to act so soon, you don't see the consequences do ya? do ya? Then you said that you would carry on just fine. Ha! Hope those words don't keep, ringin ringin ringin in your mind

Chorus:

Fine, go. But you won't get no, better love than you were getting here. Yeah Fine go, but you won't get no better love than you were getting here.

Ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la la

So tell yourself you can forget, your grinding teeth, your tightened grip. You're arching back in heart-attack, biting at your lower lip and, so I told you not to act so soon, you don't see the consequences do ya? do ya? Then you said that you would carry on just fine. Ha! Hope those words don't keep, ringin, ringin, ringin in your mind.

Chorus

Bridge:

This love's the sort, you'll find it still lingers, more and more, deep within your finger tips. But this love's known, for the sweetest moans. There aint no fakin it here.

Ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la, ah la la la la la

Chorus Out

© 2005 Jae Stevens

Discography

Studio 6 EP:
1. Another Chance
2. For a Beat
3. Don't Even Know Me
4. Monkey Love
5. Our Moon

Up comming LP:
1. Fine Go
2. Marriage to me
3. Winter Blows
4. Right Direction

Selected tracks are streaming @ www.jaestevens.com

Set List

Originals:
Another Chance
Don't Even Know Me
For a Beat
Winter Blows
Our Moon
Fine, go.
Marriage to Me
Right Direction

Covers:
Maroon 5 - Harder to Breathe
Low Millions - Eleanor
Phantom Planet - California
Gavin Degraw - Chariot
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
Everclear - Santamonica
John Mayer - Why Georgia
Jason Mraz - You and I both
Lenny Kravitz - Are you gunna go my way
Josh Kelly - Amazing
Josh Rouse - Comeback
Guster - Demons
Ryan Cabrera - On the Way down
Howie Day - Collide
Temptations - Stand by me
Duncan Shiek - Barely Breathing
Dave Matthews - #41
Postal Service - such great heights
New Radicals - Only Get What you Give
Goo Goo Dolls - Big Machine
The King of Wishful Thinking - Go West
Colin Hay - Overkill
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
OAR - Love and Memories
The Fray - Over my head
Del Amitri - Roll With me
WallFlowers - One head light

Setlists can be arranged for 60, 90 and 120 mins.