Jason Poranski

Jason Poranski

 Brooklyn, New York, USA

An original member of Beirut, Jason Poranski's solo effort floats between the austere and the lush. Music that strangely veers through all genres and none; lo and hi-fi, cryptic art-rock and singer-songwriter.


Raised among New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts towns, Poranski started playing music in Boston's Mission Hill. It was 1996 and Poranski was working in Newbury Comics' Warehouse, and later as a graveyard shift Orderly at Mass General Hospital. Poranski soon moved to Chicago, attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, until dropping out shortly after. Poranski talks about his delineation from visual art to music, saying "Initially I wanted to understand more about the fear of being on stage, or hearing your own voice." Poranski has always been intrigued by what makes something bad, rather than what makes it good. "I think I ran out of bad ideas in painting," says Poranski, so he moved on to focus on music. Eventually Poranski would end up calling New York home, where he joined Beirut as an original member. After three years with
Beirut, Poranski went on to form Freetime (later Human Rights) with Tom Gluibizzi (Psychic Ills.) Freetime was picked up to play MOMA's Armory Show with The Walkmen. Shortly after, Poranski began writing several songs for a short-lived band called Swim with Kenny Wang (Yeah Yeah Yeahs.) THE HENDU will be Poranski's first solo record,
and certainly not one to miss. THE HENDU was produced by Jordan Leib (Producer on JD Samson release MEN)
and Francis Harris (Adult Napper).


The Hendu