With epic choruses and grand hooks, it’s easy to imagine Tucker Jameson growing up in the quiet suburbs, staring up at the stars, itching to get out and explore the world. Light Up the Night is his tribute to breaking free and opening oneself to another without fear of repercussion. While the swells may recall The Killers or Manchester Orchestra, Jameson’s songwriting juxtaposes the grandiosity with universal themes. Inspired by the modern rock of Cage the Elephant and Divine Fits, Jameson marries irresistibly catchy power pop with darker, more operatic rock. Opening track “Apple of my Eye” was the first song written for the EP, and while the music itself is sprawling and epic, the spare songwriting is simply about giving your all to someone else, and hoping that’s enough. These windows into Jameson’s lust for art, complicated relationships and wanderlust all combine to make up Jameson’s sophomore EP Light Up the Night available digitally and physically June 3.
“I grew up in the suburbs, which at times, for a kid that wasn’t always in line with the status quo, could be a harrowing experience,” recalls Jameson. As anyone who grew up in the suburbs knows, if you don’t fall in line, and can’t catch a football, it can be a hard time. Hence, Jameson escaped into music and as soon as he got out of high school, he was off to hone his passion at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. In the following years he toured the country, developed his songwriting voice, and landed in Austin, Texas, where he put together his band and recorded their debut EP Son Of Superbia.
If you listen closely, you can hear a Southern swagger has crept into his latest music onLight Up the Night, especially in Jameson’s smart and bittersweet songwriting and vocal delivery, which recalls Ryan Adams at his most unguarded (incidentally, both of Jameson’s EP’s were produced by Adams’ Rock N Roll producer James Barber). “The production goals were to focus heavily on synth and using only a throaty sounding guitar as a flavor or dressing sprinkled on top,” explains Jameson. The versatile production adds subtle layers that disarm the listener. “There’s a wondrous slap-back delay on the piano throughout the verses,” explains Jameson of the tongue-in-cheek “Don’t Eat My Heart.” “It really creates an eerie environment for the rest of the song to lay upon.”
Conceived by travel experiences, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, abstract art and relationships both detrimental and life changing, Light Up the Night reveals a songwriter wise beyond his years, intent on not following trends and staying true to himself. The band will be hitting the road hard this summer, with a big hometown EP release gig at the legendary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on June 5. From there, the band continues the tour on the West Coast, with shows in Los Angeles June 24 at The Mint and in San Diego June 25 at the House of Blues.
Light Up The Night will be available digitally and physically on June 3.
Check out his new single “Apple of My Eye” via SoundCloud.
6.3 AUSTIN, TX @ KGSR LOCAL LICKS W/ LORIS LOWE
6.3 AUSTIN, TX @ RAY BENSON STAGE (AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)
6.5 AUSTIN, TX @ YNN AUSTIN
6.5 AUSTIN, TX @ STUBB’S
6.14 BOULDER, CO @ THE LAUGHING GOAT
6.17 SEATTLE, WA @ THE HIGH DIVE
6.19 PORTLAND, OR @ BOSSANOVA BALLROOM (RAW ARTIST SHOWCASE)
6.22 COSTA MESA, CA @ SHARK CLUB (RAW ARTIST SHOWCASE)
6.23 SANTA ANA, CA @ TBA
6.24 LOS ANGELES, CA @ THE MINT
6.25 SAN DIEGO, CA @ HOUSE OF BLUES (RAW ARTIST SHOWCASE)
7.2 LUBBOCK, TX @ BACKSTAGE LUBBOCK
7.3 SAN ANTONIO, TX @ 502 BAR
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