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JAR of RAIN

Kenmore, Washington, United States | SELF

Kenmore, Washington, United States | SELF
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"The Members of JAR Might Not Be Able To Vote, But They Can Sure As Hell Rock"

It's easy to brush over the beginning days of a rock band and skip ahead to the sold-out concerts and best-selling albums. However, that messy "we're still figuring out what the hell we want to sound like" phase can be the best part. In the case of Seattle three-piece JAR, there's some really fantastic things brewing by a band that is collectively younger than Ozzy Osbourne.

Humans is a launching point, and a strong one at that. From the edgy opening-song "Clever Lullaby", to the softer, piano driven track "Should've Worked," there's a lot to praise. First off, 19-year-old lead vocalist and drummer (Yes, you read that right) John Thornburg has some massive chops. I'm pretty sure if he started a Circa Survive cover band he could put Anthony Green out of a job. Thornburg flawlessly switches between high and soaring to rough and angry in a matter of seconds, which is most evident on the title-track "Humans." Likewise, lead guitarist Russ Thornburg, 15, and bassist Julio Pasada, 19, help create a record that's rich in musical prowess and crammed with influences -- the guitar solo in "Nail" is not to be missed. Did I mention their lead guitarist is 15?

While there is much to praise on Humans, there's just as much to learn from. The main problem is a lack of cohesiveness and direction between the members and their varying styles. Melodies aren't as fleshed out as they could be, and there are awkward lulls sprinkled throughout where it's almost as if the band didn't quite know how the song should piece together. If the album were condensed, there are probably seven or eight really solid songs, which could then be cut into one hell of an EP.

But for now, there's no harm in throwing everything on the table. Want to scream then play a little piano ditty? Go for it. No judgement here. Humans is the blue print for a band that could have a mighty career ahead of them. - Seattle Weekly Reverb Blog


"The Members of JAR Might Not Be Able To Vote, But They Can Sure As Hell Rock"

It's easy to brush over the beginning days of a rock band and skip ahead to the sold-out concerts and best-selling albums. However, that messy "we're still figuring out what the hell we want to sound like" phase can be the best part. In the case of Seattle three-piece JAR, there's some really fantastic things brewing by a band that is collectively younger than Ozzy Osbourne.

Humans is a launching point, and a strong one at that. From the edgy opening-song "Clever Lullaby", to the softer, piano driven track "Should've Worked," there's a lot to praise. First off, 19-year-old lead vocalist and drummer (Yes, you read that right) John Thornburg has some massive chops. I'm pretty sure if he started a Circa Survive cover band he could put Anthony Green out of a job. Thornburg flawlessly switches between high and soaring to rough and angry in a matter of seconds, which is most evident on the title-track "Humans." Likewise, lead guitarist Russ Thornburg, 15, and bassist Julio Pasada, 19, help create a record that's rich in musical prowess and crammed with influences -- the guitar solo in "Nail" is not to be missed. Did I mention their lead guitarist is 15?

While there is much to praise on Humans, there's just as much to learn from. The main problem is a lack of cohesiveness and direction between the members and their varying styles. Melodies aren't as fleshed out as they could be, and there are awkward lulls sprinkled throughout where it's almost as if the band didn't quite know how the song should piece together. If the album were condensed, there are probably seven or eight really solid songs, which could then be cut into one hell of an EP.

But for now, there's no harm in throwing everything on the table. Want to scream then play a little piano ditty? Go for it. No judgement here. Humans is the blue print for a band that could have a mighty career ahead of them. - Seattle Weekly Reverb Blog


Discography

2012 JAR OF RAIN – Humans
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jar-of-rain/id542291404

John Thornburg – Lead Vocals/Drums/Percussion
Russ Thornburg – Guitars/Violin/Keys/Backing Vocals
Julio Posada- Bass
Additional Piano and Keys by Robert Lee Mitchell
Executive Producer – Michael “mad mike” Miller
Producer – Johnny “Rocket” Adams (Hot Roddin Romeos)
Engineered by Curt Nelson and Rachel Fields of Nelson & Fields Audio
Mastered by Ed Brooks at RFI Mastering - Seattle WA
Recorded at Fast Back Studios - Seattle WA
Mixed at Electro-Kitty Studios - Seattle WA

1. Clever Lullaby
2. Soul Conveyorbelt
3. Maria’s Breaking
4. Humans
5. Should’ve Worked
6. Satellite Broken
7. Loveless
8. Nail
9. Always
10. Cigarette Cliché
11. Death of a Virgin
12. Without Youth
13. Redeem and Relapse

2010 Happiness at All Costs - Demo
http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_1053558?item_id=1269734

John Thornburg – Lead Vocals/Drums/Percussion
Russ Thornburg – Guitars/Keys
Julio Posada- Bass
Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Pat Moon of Shotty

1. Satellite Broken
2. Death of a Virgin
3. Always
4. Crazy
5. Love and War
6. Whatever Happened to Willy Lout. Jones
7. Vivanado
8. Creep In Denial
9. Tied to the Tracks
10. Glass House
11. Old Heart
12. Paragon

2010 JAR OF RAIN – EP

John Thornburg – Lead Vocals/Drums/Percussion
Russ Thornburg – Guitars/Keys
Julio Posada- Bass
Produced and Recorded by Lynn Sorenson (Bad Company/Paul Rogers) and Doug McGrew

1. Ghost Signals
2. Nobody’s God
3. 65
4. Maria’s Breaking
5. Bloodsucker
6. Nothing
7. Come Together (Beatles Cover)

2009 BORN - Demo
http://www.reverbnation.com/store/view_item_album/artist_1053558?item_id=1268574

John Thornburg – Lead Vocals/Drums/Percussion
Russ Thornburg – Guitars/Keys
Julio Posada- Bass
Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Pat Moon of Shotty

1. Lost in the Machine
2. Euphoria
3. Maria's Breaking
4. Born
5. Cross
6. Moon Face
7. Summertime
8. Winter

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Bio

JAR was formed in 2007 when brothers John Thornburg (then 14 on Drums) and Russ Thornburg (then 10 on guitar) joined Alex Addams (then 15 on Bass and Vocals) to play the local teen centers on the Eastside of Seattle. After 2 demos, Addams left to focus on his education and Musical Theatre. In the winter of 2009, childhood friend Julio Posada was asked to join the band and John took on the responsibility of Lead Vocals. Building on their love of 60's/70's Classic Rock and 90's Grunge, JAR can be best described as the love child that resulted from The Doors and Nirvana having a One Night Stand.

In the winter of 2010, after 2 more self-recorded basement demos (recorded by Pat Moon of Shotty) and several Open Jam Nights at Oddfellows Bar and Grill in Redmond WA, they caught the eye of Lynn Sorenson (bass player for Bad Company/Paul Rogers) and his partner, drummer Doug McGrew (now touring with Geoff Tate of Queensryche). It was the decision of Sorenson and McGrew to change the bands name to Jar of Rain sighting several other bands in the US and Internationally with the same name. That relationship resulted in a 5th demo recorded in Sorensons basement that the band was never thought captured what they really sounded like.

In the Spring of 2012 Miller and the bands families financed the first professionally recorded and produced full length album. Acting as Executive Producer, Miller brought in up and coming producer Johnny Rocket Adams (of Hot Roddin Romeos) and Engineers Curt Nelson and Rachel Fields to record at Fastback Studios in Seattle. The Album, HUMANS was then mastered at RFI Studios by Ed Brookes. Adams use of layering auxiliary keys (some provided by guest keyboardist Robert Lee Mitchell), percussion and other instruments and vocals, was the first to capture the explosive and dramatic LIVE performance that the band was becoming known for. HUMANS was released in the summer of 2012 and the band has been playing in support of the album almost every weekend ever since.

After 5 years, 7 demos, 1 album, countless hours on stage and an absolute rifle focus on making music a lifetime career, it is time for the world to know 20 year old John Thornburg, 16 year old Russ Thornburg and 20 year old Julio Posada. It is time for the world to know JAR.