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Phases (band)

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Background information
Also known asJJAMZ (2009–2015)
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active2009–present
LabelsWarner Bros., Dangerbird
MembersZ Berg
Michael Runion
Alex Greenwald
Jason Boesel
Past membersJames Valentine

Phases (formerly known as JJAMZ and pronounced juh-jamz)[1] is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California[2] composed of Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley / Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet / Blackblack), Michael Runion, and Z Berg (The Like).


JJAMZ was started at karaoke night at Guys in Hollywood.[3] The band name is an acronym using the first letter of each member's name. The group was a means of escape from each member's respective bands at a time when things seemed hectic for each member. "JJAMZ started at an interesting time in all of our lives. We all needed some kind of escape from relationships or our other bands. It was a tumultuous time, and the lyrics just came out. It was like word vomit. I can't remember," said Z Berg,[4] lead vocalist for the Like, in one of their first interviews as a band.

The band played their first concert at the Echo Plex on January 27, 2009, and went on to release their debut album, Suicide Pact, on July 10, 2012.[citation needed] The album's songs were featured in the television shows: "Get What You Want" in Awkward,[5] "Heartbeat" in Pretty Little Liars[6] and "Cleverly Disgusted" in 90210.[7] To support this release, the band opened for The Hush Sound during a brief tour in October 2012.[citation needed]

Following James Valentine's departure from the band, the name of the band was changed to Phases. In early 2015, the band signed with Warner Bros. Records and on May 12, 2015, released their first new music under their new name. "I'm in Love with My Life", "Betty Blue", and "Cooler" were all released on the same day, with a music video directed by Ethan Tobman for "I'm in Love with My Life" released simultaneously. "I'm in Love with My Life" was featured in The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff's official launch trailer[8] as well as the television shows Orange Is the New Black[9] and Faking It.[10]

The band reunited for a performance under the JJAMZ lineup for the Z Berg & Friends Christmas Prom on December 4, 2021.


Studio albums


  • Afterparty (2016)


  • "I'm In Love with My Life" (2015) [#35 Alternative Songs, #4 Dance Club Songs]


  1. ^ Costello, Carly. "Introducing… JJAMZ". Carly Costello. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "JJAMZ 'Never Enough'". Rolling Stone. April 3, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Wasser, Alexi (January 27, 2009). "JJAMZ' First Kiss". Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Wasser, Alexi (January 27, 2009). "JJAMZ' First Kiss". Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Awkward – The Other Shoe". Tunefind. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pretty Little Liars – Burn This". Tunefind. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "90210 – Up in Smoke". Tunefind. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Sims 4: Perfect Patio Stuff: Official Trailer". YouTube. June 16, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Orange is the New Black – It Sounded Nicer in My Head". Tunefind. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Faking It – Let's Hear It for the Oy". Tunefind. Retrieved September 15, 2018.

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