Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Hard Headed” by Jimkata

We’re digging electro-rock trio Jimkata’s latest single “Hard Headed”. The song “explores perseverance in the face of adversity, strength, and how sometimes being too stubborn to give up is a good thing.”

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Lead singer Even Friedell gives us deep soulful vocals that effortlessly flow over the courageous melody backed by signature analog synths. The visuals, created by lighting designer and visual artist Greg Ellis, pair with the song to create quite the groove.

Jimkata is 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.

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A. B. is a nomadic writer with a penchant for listening to music, frequenting the lovely cities of Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas, NV.

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