Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock
Sevendust, Twelve Foot Ninja, Saosin, Karnivool, Incubus, Cog, The Butterfly Effect, Russian Circles, A Perfect Circle , Periphery
Ryan Lucivero Seb Hudson Ben Whitehorn Jack Thomson Andreas Murphy
Saosin, Michael Jackson, beer, Periphery, Faith No More, Karnivool, Meshuggah, BTBAM, puppies, Russian Circles
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Japam are bringing back the bounce! Combining influences from the heavy, technical groove of modern progressive music to the melodic appeal of 90's pop and rock music, the band creates an energetic and infectious soundscape, sure to please a vast array of keen music listeners.
"Fun, fast-paced, a little weird, pretty much sums up Japam!"
- TEO Magazine
JAPAM - Which is either the applied use of a mantra, or a drunken mispronunciation deemed too good to pass up as a band name, was the brainchild of Adelaide songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seb Hudson. Seb's desire to take his popular online recordings to the live stage began with the initiation of vocalist Ryan Lucivero. Soon after, Ben Whitehorn filled the role as bass player/hype man, and Jack Thomson, with his commanding drumming style and experience through his many projects added an air of authority to the rhythm section. Early 2015 the need for a second guitarist was made apparent, so Japam recruited long haired lout, Andreas Murphy, formerly of Soft White Machine...and thus, the fold was complete.
In the infancy of the band’s career, they have started building on an already impressive resume with airtime on Triple J's The Racket and daytime radio show, Andrew Haug Radio, along with rotation on community radio stations Australia wide. Other achievements include:
- Heavy Mag Australia 'film clip of the week' for their karaoke/lyric video for debut single 'Wolf
- Features in reputable magazines and online blogs including TheMusic, I Probably Hate Your Band, Killyourstereo, Teo Magazine, Happy Media and more.
- #1 spot on the Triple J Unearthed metal charts, 5th, 2nd and 2nd on the rock, pop and punk charts, and #26
overall for over 3 consecutive weeks.
“They’ve managed to incorporate the low tuned heavy guitar sound associated with the kind of bands you’d find on UNFD, but they defy the genre casting that would come with it by opting for a more rock/pop angle in the songwriting.“
- My Indie Australia
Japam released debut EP 'How’s My EP?' in May of 2016, receiving positive receptions by both press and music fans alike. Backing the release, the boys hit the road on their first tour, playing select east coast capital cities. They also managed to share the stage with Twelve Foot Ninja on their Outlier tour and Ten Thousand.
“In the heavy rock scene it can be difficult to distinguish your sound from the rest. Yet, How’s My EP intelligently experiments with different genres, blending heavy guitars with clean vocals and catchy hooks.”
- TEO Magazine
2019 sees the band release a new EP titled 'Sickboy'. Mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson (Periphery, From First to Last, Veil of Maya and Asking Alexandria) at Oceanic Recording, the EP continues to build on their sound and pushes the band to their heavier sides and even more accessible sides simultaneously. First single 'Roak' was played on both daytime radio and The Racket on triple j with seemingly positive review, as well as being featured by xgames on their World Of X-Games feature titled 'Jackson Strong's Moto X Dirt Part 2'.
"You get a feeling from listening to this new EP that Japam are on the brink of delivering a debut feature length that is going to make the whole of Australia sit up and take notice. This epic sounding EP once again shows that these guys are a band to watch."
- HEAVY MAG
Ryan Lucivero - Vocals
Seb Hudson- Guitar
Andreas Murphy - Guitar
Ben Whitehorn - Bass
Jack Thomson - Drums