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JPNSGRLS

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock Indie

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Nov
23
JPNSGRLS @ The Sunflower Lounge

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Nov
22
JPNSGRLS @ Nice N Sleazy

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Nov
21
JPNSGRLS @ Brudenell Social Club

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Nov
20
JPNSGRLS @ The Crofters Rights

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Nov
19
JPNSGRLS @ Craufurd Arms

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom

Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom

Nov
18
JPNSGRLS @ HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom

Nov
17
JPNSGRLS @ Joiners

Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Nov
14
JPNSGRLS @ Sugarfactory

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Nov
12
JPNSGRLS @ Beta

København S, Capital Region, Denmark

København S, Capital Region, Denmark

Nov
11
JPNSGRLS @ Molotov

Hamburg, Hamburg City, Germany

Hamburg, Hamburg City, Germany

Nov
10
JPNSGRLS @ Blue Shell

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Nov
09
JPNSGRLS @ Badehaus Szimpla Musiksalon | Berlin

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Nov
06
JPNSGRLS @ ROCK TOWN

Cordenons, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Cordenons, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Oct
29
JPNSGRLS @ Columbia City Theater

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Oct
28
JPNSGRLS @ Wandering Goat Coffee Co.

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Eugene, Oregon, United States

Oct
26
JPNSGRLS @ Volcanic Theatre Pub

Bend, Oregon, United States

Bend, Oregon, United States

Oct
25
JPNSGRLS @ The Bamboo Room at King Wah's

Medford, Oregon, United States

Medford, Oregon, United States

Oct
24
JPNSGRLS @ Milk Bar

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Oct
23
JPNSGRLS @ Blue Lagoon

Santa Cruz, California, United States

Santa Cruz, California, United States

Oct
21
JPNSGRLS @ Boo Boo Records Inc

San Luis Obispo, California, United States

San Luis Obispo, California, United States

Oct
21
JPNSGRLS @ Redwood Bar & Grill

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Oct
20
JPNSGRLS @ Till Two Club

San Diego, California, United States

San Diego, California, United States

Oct
17
JPNSGRLS @ On the Y

Sacramento, California, United States

Sacramento, California, United States

Oct
16
JPNSGRLS @ The Firkin Tavern

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States

Oct
14
JPNSGRLS @ Music Millennium

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States

Music

Press


"The Great Escape 2015 Live Review"

In the first act amongst the evening showcases, Canadian act JPNSGRLS had a line down the street to try and witness their much lauded performances. Indeed, it lived up to expectation - though given the small size of the venue, the above photo shows just how close I got to the stage (not very). There was plenty of crowd surfing by the end of the show, from both band and the audience, which featured a few new tracks amongst material from their last album - The AU Review


"Liverpool Sound City 2015 Review"

But had that happened, we would never have witnessed the insane beauty that is JPNSGRLS. Amid the mic stand antics and hip thrusting on stage we couldn’t quite contain ourselves. And it seems neither could singer Charlie Kerr who precariously balanced himself on a safety barrier, bounced back on stage and earned himself quite a nasty looking head injury. With a blood smeared face he told the crowd “How’s this for a deal? I bled for you, you can dance for me” and off he went again with the hips, draping himself over an amp and kicking up at the tent roof.

As a parting gift Kerr told the crowd “In just two hours I’m going to turn 24 and I can’t think of any better place to be than here with you and a head trauma.” - Getintothis


"NME Radar"

"The high-octane drum rhythms, bustling basslines and scrappy fretwork on 'Brace Yourself' all point towards the sound of Arctic Monkeys' groundbreaking debut album, but in Charlie Kerr's transatlantic twang Vancouver's JPNSGRLS offer something slightly different." - NME Magazine


"Clash Music Video Premiere"

"JPNSGRLS are a Canadian phenomenon, fusing dancefloor energy with indie songcraft." - Clash Music


"Q Magazine - 5 Songs to Hear"

"Mushrooms is a brief but intense trip of frenetic guitar stitchery and from-the-gut melodicism." - Q Magazine


"Circulation Review"

"With its knotty guitar lines, frantic half-sung/half-shouted vocals, and slightly dirty production, the album easily conjures up the sounds of Modest Mouse mixed with the dramatic sensibilities of Spoon." - All Music


"Circulation Review"

"An impressive debut… Electric veins run through Circulation.” - Glide Magazine


"Circulation Review"

"From start to finish, Circulation is everything one can want in a record. Kerr is locked-in, sincere and deeply absorbed in his songs; his lyrics are confessional, honest and provocative; and most importantly, the songs are engaging, anthemic and wholly riveting... Brisk, brilliant and bombastic, Circulation is easily one of the best rock albums of 2014." - Absolute Punk


"Live Review"

And now for the main event, JPNSGRLS! Right from the start of their performance I was hooked. Unable to stand still, their music grabbed hold of me and within seconds I was almost front row centre bouncing and singing along to all the lyrics I didn’t even know. Have you ever been to a show, where you only know a couple of the bands songs, but every song they play is just so fantastic it doesn’t matter if they are brand new to you or not? This was the case for me. - Ewest


"Circulation Review"

"In just the first four tracks of Circulation - the Vancouver quartet’s full-length debut (released by Light OrganRecords on 15th July) - JPNSGRLS (pronounced as “Japanese Girls”) clearly demarcate what makes them so special in this age of pristine pop hacks and artless copyists... Circulation is one of those albums, rock lovers can listen to all the way through – a rarity in itself in 2014. Bloody essential!" - Power of Pop


"Circulation Review"

"From the moment you press play on JPNSGRLS’ debut LP, ‘Circulation,’ the opening guitar riff tosses you into a set of songs that makes you want to listen from start to finish… From the frenetic sounds of ‘Smalls’ and ‘Mushrooms’ to headbangers like ‘Brandon’ and ‘Brace Yourself,’ JPNSGRLS provide listeners with a collection of songs that run a range of emotions and styles. In other words, there’s something for just about everyone." - Diffuser.fm


"Circulation Review"

"This LP has a strong energy that just begs you to listen to it… full of fun, danceable songs that will get you up and moving in no time... Picture the Arctic Monkeys, but still jamming out in their garage." - Performer Magazine


"JPNSGRLS BUILD UPON PROMISE WITH ‘DIVORCE’ (ALBUM REVIEW)"

Divorce, the second full-length album from JPNSGRLS, continues to build upon the promise of their 2014 debut, Circulation. The sophomore album by the Canadian quartet of non-Japanese men is a frantic 32-minute blitz of unbridled rock intensity.

The album’s opening salvo, titled “Oh My God,” gives no time to catch your breath. After a few frenzied power chords from guitarist Oliver Mann, singer Charlie Kerr’s throaty scream interjects with, “Oh my God, oh my God! You’re finally calling me yours.” The rest of the band then kicks in, driving the song through a series of hard rock riffs and dramatic starts and stops.

The song showcases what JPNSGRLS does best, combining post-punk’s energy and riffing with the raw power and emotion of grunge. Divorce is an album that crams so many hooks into its short run time that comes close to relying too heavily on hooks at the expense of structure. Nevertheless, JPNSGRLS spend the album with the gas pedal firmly pressed to the floor, with the exception of the lone ballad “Circus.”

“A Girl from a Different Dimension” is one of the album’s most frenetic tracks, wildly careening through a series of riffs at different speeds, though it is most defined by Christopher McClelland’s rumbling bassline and Kerr’s falsetto in the chorus. “2009,” with its dynamic shifts from slow to fast, accompanied by Graham Serl’s rapid-fire drums and Mann’s guitar shredding, is the kind of song that can get today’s concert-goers to put away their phones and start moshing.

An album with this much energy can easily become a mindless party album, but that’s not the case here. JPNSGRLS have some serious subjects to discuss between the walls of feedback and pounding drums. “Bully For You,” for example, is an empathetic letter of sympathy for women subjected to misogyny in a male-dominant culture. “The baby’s bedroom’s blanket is pink, so she’ll politely overcome,” Kerr sings. “If only she’d been born a son.”

With the furious, sweat-soaked gusto of “19 Pound Baby,” JPNSGRLS close Divorce on a high note. Though the band now has some question marks, with Mann leaving the band and being replaced by guitarist Colton Lauro, the four-piece continues charging forward. Relentless in its intensity and deceptive in its intelligence, Divorce serves as an apt follow-up to JPNSGRLS’ critically acclaimed debut. - Glide Magazine


"JPNSGRLS – ‘DIVORCE’"

Hailing from Japans futuristic capital city of Tokyo, these ladies are rewriting the laws on all things J-pop. Okay, that was a slight fabrication of the truth, JPNSGRLS are in actual fact: four dudes from Vancouver that play kick ass rock music. Tours with the likes of Turbowolf and Allusondrugs tell you exactly what world they populate.

First single ‘Oh My God’ is an enthralling few minutes, kicking off with singer Charlie Kerr simply yelling ‘Oh My God’. Much like the whole album it’s stacked with pace, another feature constant throughout the record is the cleverly written and witty lyrics. On this track a standout is defiantly “Our ghosts should really hang out when we croak”, not to be outdone, in the song ‘Trojan Horse’ Kerr seems to have some top pretty ambitious life goals, “I wanna drop outta school and rap (cool), I see a real future in that”. Incredible scenes.

The conflicting styles of Arctic Monkeys (considerably less of the Sheffield-ness of course) and Chon aren’t often banded together, but with a passion for melody, power and technicality that is exactly what JPNSGRLS have done. Constantly reassessing the sound is something the listener is forced to do. Creating indie emblazoned rock n roll with balls the size of Canada seems to be an elementary exercise for JPNSGRLS.

‘Circulations’, the band’s first album, saw moderate success throughout the US and Canada, even venturing to the UK for a handful of appearances. With this album bolstering their discography with yet more infectious tunes, if these dudes don’t rise to the top pretty sharpish then there is something seriously wrong. - Punktastic


"JPNSGRLS: The Thrill of Imminent Divorce"

Canadian four-piece, JPNSGIRLS, are set to release their sophomore album Divorce, a thrilling record driven by the trials and tribulations of youth and memorable garage rock riffs.

The tales of isolated youth, love and lust that filled their first album, Circulation, make a welcome return, set apart from the pack by the quality of songwriting from lead singer Charlie Kerr. From the opening track ‘Oh My God’ where Kerr sings, “I was conceived in New York, two strangers planted a seed, and that was four years before their divorce, I think it had an effect on me,” it is clear this album is more personal than anything preceding it.

The social commentary seen on Circulation standouts ‘Brandon’ and ‘Mushrooms’ is even more prominent this time around. Across the 11 tracks, Kerr touches on topics ranging from male misogyny (‘Bully For You’) to the pitfalls of modern dating (‘Holding Back‘) via the unfulfilled ambitions of youth (‘Trojan Horse’), with these themes sitting alongside the alternative takes on love that dominated the first album (‘Gap Year’, ‘2009’). His songwriting captures elements of the witty social insight of Alex Turner, the sing-a-long choruses of the Gallagher’s and the honest emotion of Jesse Lacey and weaves it all together, as Kerr swings from vitriolic roar to crisp falsetto, singing with such passion that the listener cannot help but be pulled into his world.

The songwriting is complemented by the musicianship of the band and their ever expanding sound palette. JPNSGRLS – pronounced Japanese Girls – produce riffs heavy enough for Queens of the Stone Age (‘Bully For You’, ’19 Pound Baby’) and intricate math-rock rhythms reminiscent of the early work of the Foals (‘2009’,’A Girl From a Different Dimension’). The punchy and at times frenetic guitar work of Oliver Mann (now replaced by Colton Lauro) is matched by the power and drive of the rhythm section of Chris McClelland and Graham Serl, as the band produce a varied and engaging soundscape.

Production on the album was handled by Dave Shiffman (Rage Against the Machine, Biffy Clyro) and Steve Bays (Mounties, Hot Heat), with mastering from Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, Modest Mouse), providing a polished sound, whilst managing to retain a real sense of the energy of the band’s raucous live shows. This energy and spirit is also evident in the announcement video for the album, set to album opener ‘Oh My God’, a DIY video with a cops and robbers skit, and the studio teaser for new single ‘Bully For Me’, that provide insight into the humour and spark of a young band enjoying their music. Whilst JPNSGRLS continue to experiment with their sound and influences, Divorce is a testament to the bands craftsmanship and talent as they create one of the best indie rock albums of the year so far.

Divorce is released on 22 July 2016 via Light Organ Records. - FMS Magazine


Discography

Divorce - Canadian physical, worldwide digital - July 22, 2016

Bully For You - Digi Single - April 15, 2016 Worldwide 

Circulation - UK physical and digital April 6th 2015 / EU April 10th 2015

Smalls - Digi Single UK - April 6th 2015

Smalls - Digi Single EU - Jan 23rd 2015

Southern Comforting - Digi Single - (N.America / Singapore) - Aug 26th 2014 

Circulation - July 15th 2014 (N.America/Singapore) 

Smalls - Digi Single - March 18th CAN / April 4th US 2014

The Sharkweek EP Limited Edition 12� Vinyl - Feb 11th 2014

The Sharkweek EP - June 11th 2013 

Vancouver Grizzly (single) - May 21st 2013

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Bio

JPNSGRLS — pronounced “Japanese Girls” — formed in Vancouver in 2010 with their debut recording, The Sharkweek EP, releasing through Light Organ Records in 2013. Shortly after, the group linked up with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties) at Greenhouse studios to begin the follow-up material to the EP which would eventually become their 2014 LP release, Circulation. The LP saw the band reach landmark successes including top-25 commercial radio charting, performances at major events/festivals (NXNE, SXSW, CMJ, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, etc.), and tours both in Canada and internationally. On the heel of this traction, JPNSGRLS headed back to the studio to start on a second LP, Divorce, that was released on July 22, 2016. JPNSGRLS is Charlie Kerr, Chris McClelland, Graham Serl & Colton Lauro.

2015 Highlights


March

  • SXSW, Austin, USA
  • Added to Xray Touring (UK & EU)

April 

  • UK Release of LP 'Circulation' (April 6th)
  • German Release of LP 'Circulation' (April 10th)
  • 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards Nominee for Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Hit the Deck Festival, Nottingham & Bristol, UK

May

  • The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
  • Sound City, Liverpool, UK
  • Tour Support for Dry The River (Amsterdam)
  • Tour Support for Turbowolf in Germany (Köln & Frankfurt)
  • Tour Support for AllUsOnDrugs in England (London, Kingston, Birmingham)
July 
  • Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver, Canada
  • Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton, Canada
  • Taste of Edmonton, Edmonton, Canada

August

  • Recording new songs with Dave Schiffman!

September

  • BreakOut West/Rifflandia, Victoria, Canada

October

  • CMJ Music Marathon, New York City, USA

2014 Highlights

Check our website - http://jpnsgrls.com/about/highlights/

Concert Reviews

SXSW 2015, Austin

Every single person was dancing and screaming. It wasn’t even trying to be authentic, it just was.” – Death and Taxes

The lead singer, Charlie Kerr, had a voice that was to die for and the band had chaotic energy. I was into the music within thirty seconds of listening.  Kerr starts clapping, the packed patio starts clapping. He tells us to repeat after him, we all repeat after him.” – Coog Radio

The Great Escape 2015, Brighton, UK

"In the first act amongst the evening showcases, Canadian act JPNSGRLS had a line down the street to try and witness their much lauded performances. Indeed, it lived up to expectation" - The AU Review

Liverpool Sound City 2015, Liverpool, UK

"Amid the mic stand antics and hip thrusting on stage we couldn’t quite contain ourselves... With a blood smeared face he told the crowd “How’s this for a deal? I bled for you, you can dance for me” and off he went again with the hips, draping himself over an amp and kicking up at the tent roof." - Getintothis

CMJ Music Marathon 2014, New York

Frantic indie rock from the next Canadian Arctic Monkeys.” – CMJ's Top Ten Artists to See 

"Judging by the energy these guys played with, you’d think they were playing Madison Square Garden. One thing that’s for sure, these guys will definitely be playing much larger venues." - Pancakes and Whiskey

Music Matters 2014, Singapore

"They bring together some of the best music of the rock and punk genres - perhaps even without realising it - and put it all in a blender, and the result is JPNSGRLS... With fantastic energy, a charismatic frontman, a sound wholly their own and the music to back it all up - JPNSGRLS are a band to put on your "must watch" list." - The AU Review

"Fans were singing the songs, screaming at every move and were totally into the band – all this only possible because the band worked hard to make sure that every previous performance had built up momentum to this success." - Power of Pop



Band Members