Biography: Jupiter Deluxe
When Neon Thrills broke up in 2005, frontman Mark Rinzel became another orphan of the New York scene. Lost in a sea of $90 haircuts, Rinzel discovered fellow wayward Guided By Voices-fan Colin Grubb (guitar), who had just moved to New York for no good reason, in a basement on Stanton Street. The two liked each other.
By some stroke of extreme good fortune, drummer Tommy DeVito fell into the mix through a short-lived, ridiculously-named Led Zeppelin-tribute band (The Back Door Men) the boys had thrown together. After a successful rendering of Zeppelin's II at Arlene's Grocery, the group decided to work on their own material. The Jupiter Deluxe formed in February 2006. A debut EP release in early 2008 put the band on the map, and a theme-song commissioned by VH1 came soon after.
In the summer of 2009, Rinzel produced an unnofficial, unnauthorized Matador Records Tribute show in Brooklyn. This was little more than an excuse to play a set of GBV tunes, and it was great fun. It also brought Wisconsin-bred wunderkind Waylan Daniel (bass) and longtime friend and Neutron Drivers tunesmith Mike Cecchini (guitar) into the group.
The result? A hybrid of select 60's/70's vinyl classics, with a healthy dose of indie-rock self-awareness for good measure. You'll hear traces of The Beatles, AC/DC, Oasis, Cheap Trick, The Kinks, Sugar, Guided By Voices, Big Star, Tom Petty, Raspberries, The Animals, The Jam, The Who, Badfinger, David Bowie, U2, T. Rex, The Knack, The Stone Roses, and The Verve. You may wonder why no one else bothered to throw all that together for you. Or you may just be grateful they did.
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