Jarrod Alonge

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Jarrod Alonge
Jarrod Alonge APMAs.jpg
Jarrod Alonge at the 2015 APMAs
Birth nameJarrod Michael Alonge
Born (1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 (age 28)
Years active2009–present
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Websitejarrodalonge.com
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Jarrod Alonge (born March 25, 1993) is an American comedian, songwriter and music producer. 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. Alonge is the owner and founder of Boketo Media, a digital media and production company which launched in March 2019. He is also the lead songwriter and guitarist of post-hardcore project CrazyEightyEight.

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, commenting 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] Alonge continued writing comedy music and released the pop punk parody album Friendville on April 1, 2016.[8] Shortly after in June 2016, he released the metalcore parody extended play Space Zombies EP.[9]

Alonge 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.[10] 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.[11] In July 2016, Alonge presented the Most Dedicated Fans Award to The Ghost Inside at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards in Columbus, Ohio.[12]

In May 2017, Alonge unveiled his new project, CrazyEightyEight, a 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 their debut album Burning Alive on December 14, 2018, featuring the addition of Patty Walters of the band As It Is on bass guitar.

His third full-length comedy album Awkward & Depressed was released on July 28, 2017 under the moniker of emo band Canadian Softball. In March 2020, Alonge announced that he would be releasing his fourth comedy album The Praxis of Prophylaxis under the moniker of Vermicide Violence, Alonge's fictitious deathcore band. The album will focus on public health topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, breast cancer, tinnitus and more.[13] The first music video "Coronaviscerated" was released shortly after the announcement and features a guest guitar solo from fellow YouTube musician Jared Dines.[14] The second song from the album, "Asthmatic Asphyxiation", was released on April 10. The album was released on April 17.[15]

In March 2019, Alonge announced that his YouTube channel would no longer be solely focused on comedy videos and instead rebrand as Boketo Media, a digital media and production company which works closely with independent artists. Since then he has collaborated with artists like Bilmuri, The Mailboxes, Whale Bones and The Seafloor Cinema.

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.[16] He is a self-described Star Wars fanatic, making multiple references to the franchise in his content. He currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife Rachel.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Fictional band Chart peaks
US Comedy
[17]
US Heat
[18]
US Indie
[19]
2015 Beating a Dead Horse[7] Various 1 18
2016 Friendville[8] Sunrise Skater Kids 1 12 39
2017 Awkward & Depressed Canadian Softball 10 19 39
2020 The Praxis of Prophylaxis Vermicide Violence

with CrazyEightyEight

  • Burning Alive (2020)

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
"Nitroglycerin"
"Tears in Rain"
"Bastard from a Basket"
"I Am Tetsuo"
"Fortune and Glory, Kid"
"Coronaviscerated" The Praxis of Prophylaxis

Singles and demos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Jarrod Alonge Kerrang! Awards – Best Comedian Won[20]

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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Jarrod Alonge unveils Comedy Album". Kerrang. Retrieved 17 August 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ a b "Jarrod Alonge tops Billboard charts Album". AltPress. Retrieved 16 September 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b "Sunrise Skater Kids – Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  9. ^ "Jarrod Alonge Unveils EP Featuring Parodies Of ADTR, Architects, TDWP + More – News – Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  10. ^ "PVRIS, Blessthefall members spoof 'The Office'". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-09-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Hear '12 Days Of Christmas,' pop-punk style – News – Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015-11-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "KNAC.COM – News – 2016 APMAs To Stream Live On Twitch". knac.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  13. ^ "Jarrod Alonge Announces Deathcore Parody Album "The Praxis of Prophylaxis"". New Fury. March 18, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Coronavirus but it's a brutal deathcore song". YouTube. March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Sievers, Alex (March 24, 2020). "Jarrod Alonge returns to parody on Vermicide Violence's 'Coronaviscerated'". Kill Your Stereo. Retrieved April 12, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Dean's and Graduates Lists". Tennessee Tech. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  17. ^ Peak chart positions for the Comedy Albums Chart:
  18. ^ Peak chart positions for the Top Heatseekers Chart:
  19. ^ Peak chart positions for the Independent Albums Chart:
  20. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)