My Jerusalem

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My Jerusalem
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Post-punk, Dark Wave
Years active 2010–present
Labels The End Records, One Little Indian
Associated acts The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins, Polyphonic Spree, Jeff Klein, Okkervil River Prince
Website www.thisismyjerusalem.com
Members Jeff Klein
Jon Merz
Kyle Robarge
Grant Van Amburgh
Past members Dave Rosser (deceased)
Ashley Dzerigian
Geena Spigarelli
Cully Symington

My Jerusalem is an American Indie Rock band based in Austin, Texas. The band consists of Jeff Klein (vocals), Jon Merz (guitar), Grant Van Amburgh (drums), and Kyle Robarge (bass guitar). The band rose to acclaim after releasing their debut album Gone For Good.

Career Beginnings[edit]

In its initial stages, My Jerusalem was a revolving door collective. My Jerusalem's connecting thread was Jeff Klein, who had played with each of the band's current members on his solo tour and as a touring and recording member of The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins Jeff first met Dave Rosser, a touring member of the Twilight Singers, through producer Mike Napolitano. Drummer Cully Symington was in bands like Cursive and Bishop Allen and The Gutter Twins. Rick Nelson, who plays violin, viola, cello and keyboards in the band, is a longtime member of the Polyphonic Spree and St. Vincent. Matt Bricker, also a member of the Polyphonic Spree, has been playing with The Low Lows.[1] Klein said that "I didn't actually start out thinking of forming a band. I'd played with all of them at different times, and I was like, 'How great would it be to play with all of these people at the same time?' And then when we did it made perfect sense for that to be what we do. We clicked immediately.".[2]

Their grand introduction was at SXSW 2009, in what band members considered their "opening night." [3] My Jerusalem's debut EP, Without Feathers, was released March 10, 2010. It consisted of five tracks: Sweet Chariot, Under Your Skin, Heroin(e), Turtledove, and Remember Everything. In June 2009, both AOL/Spinner [4] and Apple [5] declared My Jerusalem as buzzworthy and promoted the song Sweet Chariot. In October 2009 My Jerusalem embarked on a US tour with Har Mar Superstar and also played the CMJ Music Festival [6]

In late 2010, The band released their debut album Gone For Good to much critical acclaim. The band quickly gained support from well respected outlets such as BBC 6Music which hosted a live session on Marc Rileys show [7] and NPR featuring them on All Songs Considered.[8] The album contains 12 tracks, including two from their EP (Sweet Chariot and Remember Everything).[9]

2012-2013 Preachers[edit]

Recorded in under three weeks in Public Hi-Fi studio with Jon Merz on guitar, keyboards, and horns, Michael St Clair on violin, keyboards, and horns, Grant Van Amburgh (aka, That Prince Guy) on Drums, and Geena Spigarelli on bass,[10] On October 9, 2012 the band released their second studio album, Preachers. The album received generally favorable reviews, with many noting that the record sounded much darker than the band's previous work. Klein himself stated this darker sound felt more "comfortable" for him.[13] The album contained entirely new material with different influences more cohesiveness. “It’s a darker record,” says Klein. “So much had changed since Gone For Good. We’d all kind of been through hell and back again in different ways, and this was the natural artistic result of all of that. But I think it’s a beautiful, comforting darkness. It’s real, but not selfish.”[11]

2013-2015[edit]

During 2014, My Jerusalem went on tour with Peter Murphy, with over one hundred tour dates.[12]

2016 - A Little Death[edit]

My Jerusalem's third studio album was released June 24, 2016 on cd and vinyl. My Jerusalem also toured with several bands throughout the year including Against Me!, Elliot Summer, and The Sounds.

Notable Live Appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Without Feathers [EP]

Gone For Good

Preachers

A Little Death

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