Jibe (band)

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Jibe on stage September 25, 2015
Background information
Origin Dallas, Texas
Genres Alternative rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Post-grunge
Years active 1994–2004, 2015-present
Labels Screamin' Aardvark Records
226 Records
Associated acts Loser
South of Earth
I Am The Wolf
Dead Girls Don't Lie
John 5
The Feds
Website jibeonline.com
Members Joe Grah
Toby Bittenbender
Todd Harwell
Corey Tatro
Past members Sean Robinson
Ben Jeffries

JIBE is an alternative rock band from Dallas, Texas best known for their song "Yesterday’s Gone" from their 2003 album Uprising. Initially active from 1994 to 2004, they reformed in 2015 and released their fourth studio album Epic Tales of Human Nature on June 9, 2017.

Band history[edit]

Jibe began in late 1993 after friends Joe Grah and Toby Bittenbender met bassist Sean Robinson while working at Guitar Center in Dallas, Texas. Drummer Ben Jeffries joined the other members upon moving to Dallas in February 1994. Jibe played their first show at a club called “The Basement” in Dallas in April 1994. The group soon became known for their energetic and intense live shows and relentless touring schedule, playing well over a thousand concerts in their first five years.[1] Jibe released their first album, a live concert recorded at Trees in Dallas, in 1994. The self-titled LP Jibe followed in 1996.

The band received their first taste of success in 2000 with their single "I’ll Meet You Halfway" from their second studio album In My Head, which reached the #1 spot on college radio stations in Texas and Louisiana. Although compared by the press to classic rock acts such as James Gang and Led Zeppelin, the band cited contemporaries such as U2, Pearl Jam, and Jane’s Addiction as the primary influences on their developing sound.[2]

In 2003 Jibe released their third album Uprising. The single "Yesterday’s Gone" received significant national airplay and spent nine weeks in the top 30 on the national rock chart, peaking at #26. The song soared to #1 at radio stations in Dallas, Austin, and Shreveport, and reached the top 10 at dozens of stations across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana and made the top 20 in several other markets nationwide.[3] "Yesterday’s Gone" charted at #71 on Radio & Records year-end list of the top 100 rock tracks of 2003[4] and was chosen by the Dallas Cowboys as the music bed for their 2003 season.[5] Uprising was also a critical success, earning awards for alternative album of the year, male vocalist of the year, producer of the year, and song of the year at the 2003 KEGL local show awards. [6]

Jibe quickly found themselves in high demand as an opening act for popular nationally touring post-grunge rock acts of the day such as Creed, Staind, Sevendust, Shinedown, Seether, Saliva, Ours, Oleander, Lit, and Our Lady Peace. Jibe toured with Nickelback, Jerry Cantrell, Josh Todd, Kings of Leon and Marilyn Manson and established themselves as one of the premier rock bands in the Dallas scene.[7][8][9][10]

Breakup and hiatus[edit]

After playing over 2,500 concerts, Jibe suddenly broke up in June 2004, much to the dismay of their fans. According to the Dallas Observer, the band seemed to be “perpetually perched on fame’s doorstep” and after the success of their most recent album, by all accounts were “on their way up”.[11] According to Jibe frontman Joe Grah, one night he simply got in his car and drove to Los Angeles and didn’t tell anyone for three days. During his time in Jibe, Grah had become addicted to drugs and alcohol and believes that if he hadn’t left Dallas and broken up the band, he probably would have died.[12][13]

After leaving Jibe, singer Joe Grah joined the band Loser in Los Angeles, which also featured guitarist John 5. Loser was signed to Island Records and released the album Just Like You in 2006. Following the dissolution of Loser, Grah fronted the bands South of Earth and I Am The Wolf. He also formed the electronic rock project Dead Girls Don’t Lie.

Ben Jeffries drummed for the band The Feds from 2004 to 2008 before leaving the band to attend college.

Toby Bittenbender joined Zayra Alvarez’s backing band and played on her 2006 album Ruleta. Later he played with Dallas rock band Overscene.[14]

Corey Tatro played bass in the metal band DownLo, and also plays lead guitar in the Whiskey River Ramblers.


Jibe’s reputation in the Dallas scene has become legendary.[15] The legacy of the band is inextricably tied to the pinnacle of the Deep Ellum music scene of the 1990s and early 2000s. Along with other prominent Dallas bands such as Tripping Daisy, The Toadies, Drowning Pool, Flickerstick, Edgewater, Old 97's, Slow Roosevelt and Reverend Horton Heat, Jibe are revered as standard-bearers of a bygone era when rock fans packed the clubs of Deep Ellum.[16]


Jibe played their first concert in eleven years on September 25, 2015 at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill in Dallas. The show was free, but required tickets which could be reserved at Dallas rock radio station KDGE’s website. The tickets sold out in less than ten hours, and the concert was moved to a larger venue, where tickets again sold out.[17][18][19] In 2016 the band wrote and recorded a new album, Epic Takes of Human Nature with producer Matt Noveskey and mixer Toby Wright.[20] The first single from the album ,"We've Only Just Begun", was released November 8, 2016. The song "Release" is the second single.[21] The full album was released to fans who pre-ordered on June 9, 2017 and had a wider release on October 6, 2017. Along with the new album, Jibe also released a collection of B-sides and rarities, and are also working on a documentary film about the band's history and reunion.

Band members[edit]

  • Joe Grah – lead vocals (1993–2004, 2015-present)
  • Toby Bittenbender – guitars (1993–2004, 2015-present)
  • Corey Tatro – bass (1998–2004, 2015-present)
  • Todd Harwell – drums (2017–present)
  • Sean Robinson – bass (1993-1998)
  • Ben Jeffries – drums (1993-2004, 2015-2017)


Studio albums[edit]

  • Jibe (1996)
  • In My Head (2000)
  • Uprising (2003)
  • Epic Tales of Human Nature (2017)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at Trees (1994)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Andy (2001-09-14). "Jibe looking for 'new vibe' in Waco". The Baylor Lariat.
  2. ^ Triplett, Gene (2000-12-01). "Jibe: Texas band too tough to stop". The Oklahoman.
  3. ^ Aguilar, Julian (April 2004). "Concert Reviews: Jibe Trees Dallas, Texas". Jupiter Index.
  4. ^ "Radio & Records Rock 2003 Year-End Chart".
  5. ^ Correia, Frank (2003-08-22). "Rock Under The Radar - Local acts get support at Active Rock and Rock radio" (PDF). Radio & Records.
  6. ^ Jibe - KEGL Awards Ceremony. 2003. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  7. ^ Eva Raggio (2015-09-23). "Dallas' Jibe Reunite 11 Years After Breaking Up Without Explanation". Dallas Observer.
  8. ^ Lollis Jr., Emmett (2003-01-13). "Interview - Joe Grah (JIBE)". Tulsarocknroll.com.
  9. ^ Lovett, Diane (2002-06-14). "Jibe Interview". BandChat.org. Archived from the original on December 24, 2003.
  10. ^ Correia, Frank (2003-08-22). "Rock Under The Radar - Local acts get support at Active Rock and Rock radio" (PDF). Radio & Records.
  11. ^ Hepola, Sarah (2004-06-10). "Doesn't JIBE - Dallas Alt-rock Juggernaut Breaks Up". Dallas Observer.
  12. ^ Gleason, Matt (2003-01-24). "That Doesn't Jibe". Tulsa World.
  13. ^ Raggio, Eva (2015-09-23). "Dallas' Jibe Reunite 11 Years After Breaking Up Without Explanation". Dallas Observer.
  14. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Overscene-l-en.html
  15. ^ Jessup, Jessie (2015-07-22). "Legendary Dallas band JIBE is back together".
  16. ^ Raggio, Eva (2015-09-23). "Dallas' Jibe Reunite 11 Years After Breaking Up Without Explanation". Dallas Observer.
  17. ^ Eva Raggio (2015-09-23). "JIBE Returns After 11-Year Drug-Fueled Breakup". Dallas Observer.
  18. ^ Sexxton, Debbie (2015-09-28). "Jibe Reunion at Gas Monkey Live Huge Success".
  19. ^ Buford, Jordan (July 2015). "High Demand Forces Jibe to Move Long-Awaited Reunion Show to More Spacious Gas Monkey Live".
  20. ^ Jamison, Mollie (2017-07-06). "Local '90s Alt-Rock Band Jibe Continues to Rekindle Flame with New Album". Dallas Observer.
  21. ^ "Singled Out: JIBE's Release". antiMUSIC.com. 2017-11-01.