BELOW JUPITER: Step into Home (Act I): CD

May 26, 2008

Below Jupiter is primarily two dudes, but there were a bunch of guest musicians for the album. It seems that a number of the lyrics have to do with political topics, but I can’t tell because there are no lyrics included. The MySpace page for this band said their influences included Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Ben Folds, and Simon and Garfunkel, amongst others. I would mention that there is a similarity to Spoon somewhere in there, too. I’ve said it many times before, but DO NOT PLAY YOUR INFLUENCES. If I want to hear a band that sounds like Dylan or Ben Folds, I’ll listen to Dylan or Ben Folds. Take your influences and use those to play another genre. You’ll find you’re much more creative and unique that way. That doesn’t just go for Below Jupiter, though, but for all bands. You know who you are. (You’re usually the ones either playing for fifteen people at the local dive bar or selling millions of records.)

 –kurt (Self-released)