JANA PERI
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JANA PERI

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1999
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"All Music Guide"

With influences ranging from the Beatles and Joan Jett to Blondie and the Bangles, Jana Peri brings strong power pop instincts to this self-titled debut EP. The New York-based singer thrives on melody as well as rockin' aggression, and infectious offerings like "Dating Sucks" (an angry though amusing commentary on the 1990s dating scene) and "The La La Song" make it clear that Peri recognizes the value of a good hook. Peri (who wrote and produced all four of the EP's songs) is someone who looks to different areas of the power pop spectrum for inspiration -- the British Invasion rock of the 1960s has obviously had a major impact on her writing, but she has also benefited from exposure to the more pop-minded punk and new wave of the 1970s and '80s..this EP indicates that Peri is someone to keep an eye on. - All Music Guide


"Village Voice"

"Ballsy-chick local pop-rock 1980 Benatar/Hynde/Genya Ravan–style...her CD opens with two effervescent New York goodies."
--Chuck Eddy - Village Voice


"NY Press"

"...poppy-punk a la the Go-Gos or the Donnas. Also she really does have a great voice and the songs are catchy." - NY Press


"Midwest Beat"

"...Ronnie Spector, Patti Smith and The Ramones whipped up in a blender." - Midwest Beat


"ROCKRGRL"

"Dating Sucks," the lead track on ROCKRGRL Discoveries 2004, brings a healthy dose of levity to the mix. - ROCKRGRL


"Santa Monica Mirror"

...tough chick Jana Peri’s self-titled four-song EP is punked up, operatic power pop —- Joan Jett jamming with Chrissie Hynde. On “The La La Song,” Peri’s British Invasion roots are showing and it’s a boisterous delight. - Santa Monica Mirror


"Punk Magazine"

Jana's professional & polished, she sings well + enunciates her lyrics so you can hear them, the music is crisp and clear...Which is basically what's wrong here...I think maybe Jana should have gotten drunk + fucked up before she went in the studio to record this. That or maybe she should get out of rock 'n' roll and into cabaret or something. (Although I have to admit her lyrics to "Dating Sucks" are very, very funny.) - Punk Magazine


"Mod Radio UK"

At last we seem to have found another princess for the Mod scene... this stunning 4 track CD release is a true testament of greater things to come!...this 60`s Influenced Rock Chic shouldn`t and must not be overlooked! - Mod Radio UK


"Liverpool Echo"

"...quite sublime lyrics." - Liverpool Echo


"Jersey Beat"

Oh yeah, baby, this is exactly how power pop-rock should be done: smart, bubbly, catchy, joyous, and incredibly vibrant, with lotsa sass and sheer go-for-it aplomb to keep it fun, hoppin’ and compelling throughout. New York singer/songwriter/guitarist Jana Peri brings a welcome, refreshing and downright infectious glee, vigor, and intelligence to good old straight-up jumpin’ with no needless flash or pretense rock. Whether it’s her wonderfully big’n’brassy singing, delightfully acidic and mature say-it-like-you-see sensibility, or nicely crunchy’n’punchy guitar riffs, Peri never falters for a minute, deftly sustaining a sturdy sense of amazingly rich and eclectic ringing melodicism that’s a true treat to hear. Alternating between forward-ho rousing anthems and more subdued and touchingly reflective ballads, each and every song hits the bull’s eye with 100% on the money results. An excellent album. - Jersey Beat


Discography

1. "Gallery Whore" - digital single released independently in 2010 on Hot Jupiter Records (BMI) (currently not available on disc)

2. "I Hate The Holidays (But I Love Spending Them With You)" - digital single released independently in 2009 on Hot Jupiter Records (BMI) (currently not available on disc)

3. Catching Flies With Vinegar - CD produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones) - released independently in 2005 on Hot Jupiter Records (BMI)

4. Jana Peri - 4-song EP released independently in 1999 on Hot Jupiter Records (BMI)

5. "Dating Sucks" - lead track on ROCKRGRL Discoveries 2004 CD

6. "Go Ahead" - track from JANA PERI CD, Catching Flies With Vinegar, also released on International Pop Overthrow: Volume 7 (Not Lame) 2004

7. "Ballerina Of The Bowery" (Bongo Boy Records) - song written by Gar Francis - digital single released 2010.

Please visit website (www.janaperi.com) for further information.

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Music is a calling, says New York City rocker, Jana Peri. The question is whether or not you choose to accept the mission! Theres no doubt that Jana has been on a mission to rock since her teens. With a critically lauded EP and hundreds of gigs under her studded leather belt, Jana has released her hotly anticipated debut album, Catching Flies With Vinegar (produced by renowned Ramones producer/co-songwriter Daniel Rey). Inspired by a lifelong love of The Beatles, Blondie and punk rock, Catching Flies With Vinegars twelve contagious tunes enthusiastically invite the attention of any music fan who wonders why pop music has become so tedious. On this impressive disc, Jana Peris hook-heavy melodies, clever lyrics and mature, complex voice separate her from legions of musicians going only for formulaic success and mark her as singular. Janas potential to get listeners singing along is amazing and her ability to rock out is guaranteed.

A native New Yorker, Jana grew up in the suburbs of Long Island in a home filled with music. She started writing songs even before she picked up her first guitar, at age seven. When I was very young, she remembers, my mom bought me my first Beatles record and I absolutely fell in love with them. Their influence on me is immeasurable. Through The Beatles, Jana discovered other British Invasion bands like The Who and The Rolling Stones; groups that would further inform her pop sensibilities. Jana studied guitar and piano through adolescence, while she immersed herself in both NYC and British punk rock, listened to Blondie non-stop (Debbie Harry being a major vocal influence) and began to identify with rockers like Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde. At fifteen, Jana sang and played electric guitar in her first band, formed with a group of high school friends. I was such a rock n roll freak and I really wanted to make that band happen, she recalls, but no one else shared my passion, so it didnt last. Moving to Manhattan at age eighteen, Jana attended New York University where she earned a degree in drama.

After college, Jana acted in films and appeared in off-Broadway productions, but continued to write songs and pursue music. Unable to find like-minded musicians to form a band, Jana honed her vocal chops at open mic nights in the city and performed solo with her guitar. At that point, say says, my focus shifted away from acting and I got very serious about music. I wanted to form a band, but I also realized I should start from scratch and really find my voice. By doing that, I developed my own style, which is a mix of melodic pop and guitar-based rock n roll. That time definitely marked an important turning point in my career.

In 1999, Janas growing ambition led her to record, produce and self-release (on her Hot Jupiter Records label) the four-track Jana Peri EP. The stylistically varied disc showcases Janas sly sense of humor on one of her most popular songs Dating Sucks. I wrote that song from the perspective of a woman whos had her share of bad relationships, Jana laughs, but I gave it such a humorous spin that it really speaks to both women and men. Its become one of my signature songs. Dating Sucks was chosen by a panel of music industry judges for the lead track on ROCKRGRL magazines Discoveries 2004 compilation CD. Jana Peri also includes the fan favorite, The La La Song, which Jana wrote in her Liverpool hotel room on a trip to the UK. The La La Song captures my excitement about traveling to England and making an impact on the music scene, says Jana, because that was really my dream.

Critics praised Jana Peri. Intelligent and clever lyrics to complement a powerfully confident voice, wrote MusicTV.com, while MP3.com Top 20 Hard Pop Radio called the EP, A combination of all things great about NY-based rock equal parts Blondie and Joan Jett, with just enough Ramones, Television and Patti Smith to make it all click. TransAction Magazine said, Jana Peri is a rare talent based on vocal quality alone. Add excellent materialand the result is spectacular, and the Santa Monica Mirror declared, On The La La Song, Peris British Invasion roots are showing and its a boisterous delight. With the EP, says Jana, You can hear my transition from being a singer/ songwriter to performing songs that have more of a band feeling.

Released in the fall of 2005, Janas full-length debut, Catching Flies with Vinegar, collects many songs already polished to brilliant sheen in her live shows, as well as tunes best loved by her fans. As Jana explains, she chose to work with producer Daniel Rey (Ramones, Misfits, Ronnie Spector) for very specific reasons. Theres a strong sense of harmony and melody throughout my music, and I wanted that to be intact, but the recording also needed to capture my New York edge. I knew Daniels reputation and once we talked, I knew he was the right person to produce the CD. This is such a New York

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