Jarrod Alonge

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Jarrod Alonge
Jarrod Alonge APMAs.jpg
Jarrod Alonge at the 2015 APMAs
Birth nameJarrod Alonge
Born (1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 (age 26)
Years active2009–present
Genres
Websitejarrodalonge.com [1]
Musical career
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Instruments

Jarrod Michael Alonge (born March 25, 1993) is an American comedian, songwriter and music producer from Orlando, Florida. He is best known for his parodies of the artists, sub-genres and stereotypes within alternative music. He has released three independent full-length studio albums, Beating a Dead Horse, Friendville and Awkward & Depressed, all of which reached number one on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart. He is also the lead songwriter and guitarist of post-hardcore project CrazyEightyEight. As of September 2017, his YouTube channel has amassed over 200,000 subscribers with more than 33 million total views.

Career[edit]

Alonge began posting videos online via YouTube as early as 2009, but did not gain a substantial following until the releases of Every Metalcore Vocalist and Every Pop Punk Vocalist in the summer of 2013.[1] His early video ideas were the result of experiences he had while attending concerts in high school, claiming that the stage voice and persona of metalcore vocalists was "absolutely ridiculous."[2] Since then, he has released sketch videos in collaboration with bands like Issues, Sleeping With Sirens and We Came As Romans. Alonge's sarcastic, satirical and deadpan style of comedy has earned him considerable acclaim. In 2014, he won the Kerrang! Award for Best Comedian.[3]

Alonge independently released his debut music comedy album Beating a Dead Horse on May 26, 2015, working closely with ex-Attack Attack! guitarist and producer Johnny Franck.[4] The album features seven different fictitious bands created by Alonge that satirize the tropes of various genres within alternative music, including metalcore, post-hardcore, pop punk, emo, progressive metal, hardcore punk and others.[5] The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart and number 18 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[6][7] In October 2015, Alonge announced the release of Beating a Dead Horse: Deluxe Ultra-Limited Exclusive Undead Edition which contained 6 new songs in addition to the original 15 tracks.[8]

Alonge continued writing comedy music and released the pop punk parody album Friendville on April 1, 2016.[9] This album was also a critical and commercial success, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart once again, number 12 on the Top Heatseekers chart, and number 37 on the Top Independent Albums chart.[10] Shortly after on June 17, 2016, he released the metalcore parody extended play Space Zombies EP, which took a stylistic departure from his previous albums and directly satirizes The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember, Architects and For Today.[11]

Alonge also served as the Fearless Records pit reporter for Warped Tour 2015 and 2016, making sketch videos with various bands on the tour including Blessthefall, PVRIS, August Burns Red, The Word Alive, As It Is, The Color Morale, Wage War and Oceans Ate Alaska.[12] In November 2015, Alonge made an appearance on Punk Goes Christmas Deluxe Edition alongside August Burns Red, This Wild Life and Being As An Ocean.[13] In July 2016, Alonge presented the Most Dedicated Fans Award to The Ghost Inside at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards in Columbus, Ohio.[14]

In May 2017, Alonge unveiled his new project, CrazyEightyEight, a non-comedic post-hardcore band featuring Lauren Babic of Red Handed Denial as the lead vocalist. The group's debut EP, No Words Spoken, was released on June 2, 2017, followed by a full-length album called Burning Alive on December 14, 2018, featuring new member Patty Walters of the band As It Is.

Alonge's third full-length album, Awkward & Depressed was released on July 28, 2017, under the moniker of emo band Canadian Softball.

Personal life[edit]

Alonge studied biology at Tennessee Technological University and graduated with a BS degree in 2014, having originally planned to attend medical school.[15] He is a self-described "Star Wars fanatic," making multiple references to the franchise in his content. He currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart peaks
US 200 US Comedy
[16][17][18]
US Heat
[19][20]
Independent
[21][22]
2015 Beating a Dead Horse[7] 1 18
2016 Friendville[10] 167 1 12 37
2017 Awkward & Depressed 1 19 39
2018 Burning Alive

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2016 Space Zombies EP
2017 Covers, Vol. 1
No Words Spoken
Covers, Vol. 2

Music videos[edit]

Title From the album
"The Swimmer" Beating a Dead Horse
"Save My Life"
"Inconceivable Somatic Defecation"
"Unbreakable"
"First World Tragedy"
"Pit Warrior" Friendville
"Rylo Ken"
"Friendville"
"These Borders Don't Trump" Space Zombies EP
"Fund Me" Awkward & Depressed
"Tommy's Planet" No Words Spoken
"Your Validation" Awkward & Depressed
"Great Again"
"Shinebox" Burning Alive (with CrazyEightyEight)

Singles and demos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Jarrod Alonge Kerrang! Awards – Best Comedian Won[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, Casey (August 26, 2014). "Not just for cats: YouTube actually earns money for some video makers". Chattanooga Times Free Press. WEHCO Media. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "An Interview with Jarrod Alonge, the Guy Who Made Those Pop Punk Videos You Love So Much – Noisey". Noisey. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  3. ^ "2014 Kerrang Award Winners". Kerrang. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Jarrod Alonge unveils Comedy Album". Kerrang. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  5. ^ "This Video Has Exposed the Shocking Truth that All Metalcore Songs Sound the Same – Noisey". Noisey. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  6. ^ "Comedy Albums – 2015 Archive | Billboard Charts Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  7. ^ a b "Jarrod Alonge tops Billboard charts Album". AltPress. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Jarrod Alonge Goes Rock Parody Crazy, Beats A Horse | MTV UK". MTV UK. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  9. ^ "Jarrod Alonge's Sunrise Skater Kids Have A New Song – News – Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  10. ^ a b "Sunrise Skater Kids – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  11. ^ "Jarrod Alonge Unveils EP Featuring Parodies Of ADTR, Architects, TDWP + More – News – Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  12. ^ "PVRIS, Blessthefall members spoof 'The Office'". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  13. ^ "Hear '12 Days Of Christmas,' pop-punk style – News – Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  14. ^ "KNAC.COM – News – 2016 APMAs To Stream Live On Twitch". knac.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  15. ^ "Dean's and Graduates Lists". Tennessee Tech. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  16. ^ "Jarrod Alonge – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "Sunrise Skater Kids – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "Canadian Softball – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  19. ^ "Sunrise Skater Kids – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Canadian Softball – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  21. ^ "Sunrise Skater Kids – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  22. ^ "Canadian Softball – Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  23. ^ Barnes, Anthony (June 13, 2014). "Kerrang! Awards 2014: Winners list in full". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved August 17, 2016.