FACIAL makes the noise that cuts like a chainsaw through the thick buildup of residue in your mind, left behind by years of dealing with the dull banality of life.
They take the dead parts of your brain killed by mundane repetition and blasts it away with a pressure hose, while the low end rattles all the barnacles off your body and pounds you the way you are always afraid to ask for. Sweet melodies interchange with primal screaming as you fluctuate between comfort and discomfort, horror and jubilation, familiarity and utter confusion.
FACIAL aren’t always making sense. In fact, they have been known to not make sense at all. It makes perfect sense considering the difficulty of true communication. This is due to the subjective nature of reality, lack of attention due to mass distraction, and the fact that anything anybody does can be taken out of context and framed to be perceived in any which way you want! These are just a few factors, so imagine trying to boil down a live, complex organism, such as a band, to a concise couple of paragraphs, using words! what a difficult task!
Who wants to read anyways! What could somebody read about a band that would even peak their interest? A cute story? Their musical references and antecedents? Perhaps some affiliation with a more well-known artist? Maybe we are completely bored with words now and they have lost all actual meaning, and only the right combination of emojis will titillate interest anymore?
If FACIAL were to be represented only by emojis, it would probably be: The guy with sunglasses on, Upside-down smiley guy, and The guy with x’s for eyes. bored to death.
The founding members of Jubilo Drive — guitarist Jordan H. Kleinman, bassist/singer Hayden Vaughn, guitarist Henry Kuckens and drummer Eric Cruz — met in 2012 while attending Chapman University. During their four years in Orange County, the band released a handful of records, including the raw and youthful Redwood EP, lo-fi post-rock album Taqueria, and the heavily psychedelic Hot Pace EP.
After the group went on hiatus in 2016, Kleinman began to casually collaborate on instrumental tracks with family friend Aaron Shadrow. The band was set to carry on with Shadrow on keys, as Vaughan had parted ways with the group. But tragedy struck in May 2017 when Cruz passed away in an automobile accident. The band, overcome with unimaginable grief, took some time off to remember and reflect on their bandmate and friend. Eventually, the remaining members (Kleinman, Kuckens, and Shadrow) decided to continue Jubilo Drive in Cruz’s memory. They added long-time friend Kalyn Beach on bass guitar and Jacob Lauing on drums, with Kleinman taking over lead vocal duties.
Today, Jubilo Drive infuses elements of experimental genres of all styles into a sensible, avant-pop sound. They have several singles lined up for release in 2018, including their debut song "Off Satellites,” a krautrock and synth-punk inspired track. The band made its return to the stage this year, with a show in Cruz’s memory on May 11, 2018