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Jimkata are a three-piece anthemic, synth-washed, electro-rock band based out of Ithaca. With a triumph of swirling analog synths, infectious pop hooks and candid lyrics, Jimkata have built a distinct sound which has been resonating with listeners across the country.
Friends since middle school, Evan Friedell, Aaron Gorsch and Packy Lunn infuse Jimkata, (named after the so-bad-it’s-good 1985 gym-fu caper Gymkata) with both an adventurous musical streak and relatable lyrical themes. Mixed in with the modern synth sensibilities and hard driven indie rock are influences drawn from the likes of Motown, singer-songwriters like James Taylor and even old country songs, where storytelling and a quick turn of phrase share priorities with melody and the beat. Jimkata have concocted an unusually rich and rewarding mix and one that’s evolved naturally.
After taking a two-and-a-half-year hiatus following the release of six studio albums and the successful building of a vibrant, grassroots fanbase, Jimkata are preparing to release their next album, Bonfires. The 10-track album is set for release as a series of singles every month with an accompanying visuals and merch line. Thematically, Bonfires touches on poignant themes of uncertainty, being in limbo and looking for an anchor of hope in these trying times.
Bonfires is set for release Summer 2021 worldwide.
Their new single, entitled “Writing on the Wall”, is inspired by the onslaught of traumatic events in 2020 connected with singer Evan Friedell’s personal experiences with loss of direction in his life. “I was unsure of what direction to go in life and all the while the world outside seemed bleak– mass shootings, a hateful Twitter troll in charge of the country, climate change escalating, racist police violence… this song is a pressure release valve for all those dark moments you have and I’m sure we’ve all had a few in the past year of turbulence.”
The song features a dark, moody melody that builds in intensity, layered with optimistic lyrics and quirky synth electronic soundscapes. The accompanying visuals by 3D artist Elnaz Mansouri portray a mysterious, surreal journey through mixed reality and a dream world through the use of futuristic and animated cinematic landscapes.
The band has built a loyal following with relentless touring and has garnered acclaim for the likes of Billboard, LADYGUNN, Wonderland, Earmilk and American Songwriter among others.