Sunday, April 11, 2021

RECORD REVIEW BY "GREEN ROOM ALBQ"

CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL REVIEW OF "ALIEN OR MARTIAN?"

FROM GREEN ROOM ALBUQUERQUE

BY ADAM SMITH


 It felt like the winter between 2020 and 2021 was never going to pass, and I'm sure many other Americans felt similar given the pandemic and inadequacy of our elected officials. Fortunately, daylight savings came and we're getting warmer weather, even if it comes with dry wind sand blasting Albuquerque with dust from the mesa. This setting just happened to put me in a very suitable headspace to really listen and vibe out to Alien or Martian by Jason Paul & The Know It Alls. 

Jason Paul Klandrud grew up in the Minneapolis punk scene in the 2000's until moving to San Pedro, CA in 2012. Here, he started a couple of bands but couldn't seem to get enough traction, so he ultimately became a solo artist and recorded music reminiscent of Bob Dylan or a 21st century Woodie Guthrie. These roots still show in his newest release, but Jason and his band threw in more elements of rock'n'roll in multiple subgenres that give a nice flow and dynamic to the record. 


Immediately from the opening track "Tongues In Knots,” the band sets the precedent for the album. The only time they seem to let up is to bring a guitar riff into the spotlight, only to thrust you back into the soundtrack to bombing a hill on a skateboard in the hot summer sun. This mood is carried on through the next two tracks, the lively and urgent percussion contrasting the relaxed yet present guitar chord progressions. 


The album hits its first road stop on "Giving Up Our Names,” a sparse Americana song that brings the tempo down and delivers more emotional and sentimental meaning through the combination of the piano, strings, and Jason's voice. The album doesn't let you settle here though, using "We Took The Risk" to throw you back on the road to search for the next adventure. It then propels into "We Took The Risk" and "Go For Broke,” the latter being a steadfast anthem in giving your all even when you may not have much to give. 


"All In All" and "As The Day Goes By" seem to be the climax of the album where the band gets more comfortable with switching up the dynamics more frequently, letting vocals and guitars ring out while drums drop out and come back in, and inevitably finishing just as strong as they did before they fall into the last song of the album. 


"Trust" brings similar energy as "Giving Up Our Names,” but provides a fitting sense of closure: the feeling of dropping off all your friends after a long night of driving aimlessly to the next spot to hang, the next gas station to pick up cigarettes, and the next party that hasn't died out. The song initially gives more emotion not quite reached from the previous tracks. "Taking leaps of faith, cause there ain't no other way. Just a piece of the puzzle in a game they create. Do you trust me?" Jason utters before the buildup and guitar solo that picks up the pace while expanding the same tenderhearted disposition. Once again asking "Do you trust me, like I do you?" before fizzling out and concluding the album. 


This record surprised me by maintaining the familiar rock'n'roll style, yet not being too cliché or frankly boring as a lot of other bands doing similar genres can be. Alien or Martian? really gives you enough nostalgic emotions while also keeping the hope and anticipation for the future very prevalent, a difficult balance to achieve in a world where art seems to either get weirder or stay the exact same. I look forward to night drives with the windows down, feeling the wind through my fingers while this record is blasting through the car speakers.


Sunday, February 21, 2021

NEW MUSIC VIDEO! - I Don't Wanna


 Hey! Here's the new video for "I Don't Wanna." The second track off of Alien or Martian?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Alien or Martian?

 



 Our 4th full-length, Alien Or Martian?, is now available for streaming on all of the platforms! Currently being pressed to vinyl, we expect to see a spring release for the LP.  Ten new tracks, four hundred and twenty new banters, and about 666 new sick licks. Click HERE to take a listen for yourself - and stay tuned for the vinyl release.


*Jason Paul is part of the tight knit music community in San Pedro, California, and it shows. Many of the songs on this latest full-length LP from the band have that relaxed psychedelic tinged pop punk sound that Pedro bands are known for. 
-Paul Silver, Jersey Beat

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Monday, November 25, 2019

TENDER BENDER


Hey folks! We're very excited to release this new batch of tuneage! Calling it "Tender Bender" doesn't mean it's soft and cushy. The first intent was to release a slew of acoustic and more "mellow" sounds, but things couldn't turn out that way. While there are moments of softer sounding acoustic bits, the urgency and paranoia still exist. Eleven new tracks. One for every friendly, desperate, paranoid, and aloof soul. Comes to all streaming vessels on Friday, November 29th!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

BUNCHA NEW RECORDS + TOURS!!!


Heya know it alls! We've been up to a lot... shite.. umm... well we've released another EP recently  called "Control My Dream" which we're very stoked on! 6 songs- and a couple of em will have music videos to accompany them soon! There are a ton more songs that we are working on and have started recording for future releases. Stay tuned!

Touring!!!
Below is the poster for next tour up the west coast! Hope to see ya'll! We also have more dates to announce soon for the following year including Asia(Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam), holy shit!!!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019


We've just released a new EP entitled "If Only a Lie"! Here's 6 new songs we're stoked on and excited to share! It's available digitally on our band camp. As well as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Youtube, and many other streaming outlets. There's also a hard copy version on cassette released by Broken Anchor Recordings and Tenant Recordings which you can purchase HERE. Thanks and see ya soon!