WHO: Raising Jupiter
MEMBERS: Dave Aitken – Vocals/Guitars, Kieran O’Neill – Drums/Vocals
WHERE: Cork, Ireland
ABOUT: Raising Jupiter – Standing in the Light
Raising Jupiter recently released its newest EP, Standing in the Light, on October 31, 2016. As with its predecessor, Chrome, legendary Rock Producer Beau Hill mixed and mastered the new EP at his Studio in Austin, Texas.
Since the debut album, A Better Balance, in 2014 Dave Aitken ( Vocals/Guitar) has been busy taking his brand of Rock music out on the road. In 2015, after a few experiments with personnel, Dave settled on the current two-piece format which now includes Kieran O Neill on drums and vocals. The duo have been steadily building their fan base, currently exceeding 85,000 across all the Raising Jupiter Social media platforms.
To coincide with the EP release, a video for the lead track, “Drive On ( I wanna know)” which is about the so-called 27 Club, was aired exclusively in early November on the bands FB page, which currently has 46K views. When asked about the background of “Drive On ( I wanna Know),” Dave said, “I suppose you are familiar with the 27 club, who’s members would include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Curt Cobain. You’ll know they all passed away in tragic circumstances aged 27. They burned bright but their music lives on. “Drive on” is my little homage to these guys….”
2017 promises to be another eventful year, with some new music being released to coincided with Festival appearances over the summer months.
What would you say that your band has to offer that is different from what is out there?
We’re a two piece that sounds a lot bigger than a two piece. We both sing, which in this set-up is different. I suppose our different backgrounds create an unusual mix of influences which come out in the songs. I think we play ’cause we have to. It’s a compulsion. We just put ourselves out there, gig as much as we can, and create, create, create…The music is driving, energetic & riff laden, with nods to classic rock, prog, grunge & pop, with vocal hooks & harmonies.We just want to play, write better songs and develop ourselves as much as we can along the way, musically & otherwise. There’s new stuff on the way.
What would you say is the essence behind your band, Raising Jupiter?
We have adopted a mission statement – more is more.
How do you compete in today’s market?
You try and do your own thing to the best of your capabilities and hope that along the way your music makes a connection to fans old and new.
Describe your music. What do you want it to convey?
Since we settled on the two piece format, the music has shifted sonically to a much heavier sound which seems to be going over well.
Define some of the goals for the band.
We recently started recording our next release so at the moment, that is our focus.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for taking an interest in our band!