|Jupiter Sunrise - Purple Demo 2001|
Jupiter Sunrise - The Incredible Line-Up
Jupiter Sunrise continued to tour and suddenly decided to add a keyboardist to the mix. When I first showed up at the concert and saw Amanda (the keyboardist), I was kind of pissed. I didn't think JS needed to change...I didn't think the keyboard would really add a lot to the music. For the first couple songs, I was proven right. The addition of piano to the older songs was not bad, but it seemed unnecessary...and a couple songs seemed cluttered. Amanda did add some nice vocal harmonies and backing vocals...but still it seemed extraneous to me. Then, they played Heaven and Endless Pt 2 and completely blew my mind. Finally, I could see the all the potential and benefit that Amanda helped bring to the band. It wasn't just adding piano for the sake of piano...it was adding a new dimension to the music. This is still my favorite JS songs...unfortunately, this version was never officially released although at one point you could download it from their website.
Jupiter Sunrise - The Demise
I don't remember exactly what happened, it's been several years and the internet posts were vague...but here is how I remember it. JS went to record an new album. After H&Ep2 and few other newer song sneak peaks, I was very excited. I couldn't wait for the new album...but that's what happened, waiting and more waiting. No new messages from the band, no news...silence. I am not sure how long it was but it was a very long time. I guess, JS decided to use all the money they had saved from the last five years of touring (which was a considerable amount - over $10 grand) to make the album right - pro studio, producer, the works. The recording went well, but then the producer decided to hold their master tapes and the music hostage...basically demanding that they sign over all songs to him. They refused and the dirtbag disappeared with their cash, their music, and the master tapes. (Edit: I now have it on good authority that it wasn't the producer's fault) They were left with nothing from their year-long effort. I am sure it was very stressful time for the band. Jupiter Sunrise dissolved. Some got married, some decided to go to medical school, some focused on careers, some focused more on art, some focused on solo acts.
|Jupiter Sunrise - May the Box Burn|
Down Around You 2010