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Since forming in 2008, JOBS has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new forces within the thriving experimental music scene in Brooklyn. Comprised of drummer Max Jaffe, bassist Rob Lundberg, and guitarist Dave Scanlon, the group (formerly known as Killer Bob) has set itself apart with its charged performances - dripping with intensity and wild spontaneity.
After a number of dark and thorny releases under their previous name, JOBS set out to record their new album killer Bob sings with a new approach. Enlisting the help of vocalist Daniel Ellis-Ferris (of Loft Opera) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Shannon Fields (Leverage Models, Stars Like Fleas, and Helado Negro), the band challenged themselves to embrace a more broad and inclusive sound world.
Integrating blasts of industrial noise with mechanically precise rhythms and pop structures, killer Bob sings showcases the band's influences by way of their virtuosity. Vocals lay over ominously precise guitar work and percussive textures that range from the unhealthily organic to the speechlessly robotic. Distorted grooves pull themselves out of these structures.
In the studio, the band worked in intensive bursts, for 12-16 hours a day. Fields pushed them to create more and more, giving each member nightly "homework" assignments, such as: "write a ballad and a pop hit." The effect of all this work was to create a more honed and focused band, and - in fact - the resulting album can be heard as JOBS' version of a tightly-constructed pop album - in a world where the fractured "Rhythm Changes" is a club banger and the haunting "Spriiiiiiiiing" a crooner ballad.
More than anything though, killer Bob sings is a supremely vital document of a band pushing itself to evolve and develop. In the words of one concertgoer, JOBS is "unstoppable" and while that may be true, killer Bob sings shows that the group can at least slow down long enough to capture that unstoppability in album form.
released June 30, 2015
JOBS is Max Jaffe, Rob Lundberg, Dave Scanlon. killer BOB sings features vocalist Daniel Ellis-Ferris.
Tracks 1-7 feature Shannon Fields on keyboards, electronics, and various other instruments.
killer BOB sings was produced by Shannon Fields.
killer BOB sings was recorded at the Isokon by D. James Goodwin between November 25th and November 29th, 2013.
All music realized by JOBS, Daniel, Shannon, and D. James.
Artwork and layout by Sierra Siemer. Photograph by Rob Lundberg.
Thank you Shannon Fields, D. James Goodwin, Daniel Ellis-Ferris, Jessica Pavone, Jeff Gretz, Andrew Carlson, Sierra Siemer, Tim Inzana, Yuan Liu, Mike Harrison, Michael Hammond & New Amsterdam, our partners, and our families.