MUSIC NEWS- As we've told you previously JJAMZ (pronounced juh-Jamz) is comprised of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet), Michael Runion (solo), and Z Berg (The Like) – in a musical story of best friends. Made up of five of music’s most exciting trailblazers, the members of JJAMZ have released their debut album, Suicide Pact digitally TODAY and physically on July 17 via Dangerbird.
Suicide Pact was self-produced by the band with the added talents of Jason Lader (Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas). Only friends as close as JJAMZ could provide such a synthesis of disparate musical tastes, coupled with perilously revealing lyrics; it's as if Rumours were recorded by My Bloody Valentine, Fiona Apple sang “Heart of Glass”, or Andrew W.K. wrote Saturday Night Fever. From the Madonna-esque lead single “Heartbeat” to the churning, he-said, she-said “LAX” and the wistfully dark album title track “Suicide Pact” to the crooning, smooth vocal pairings between Berg and Runion on “Cleverly Disguised”, each and every song stands on its own as a heart-wrenching narrative and a master course in lyrical prowess.