JOVA are a progressive rock trio based in Sydney, Australia.
The group’s origin is a bizarre one, but if their live shows are anything to go by, it’s a fitting sequence of events for a band that has already been praised for their unique sound influenced by heavyweights such as The Mars Volta, Mastodon, Primus, Tool and Sigur Rós.
“Their music is hypnotic, with tribal rhythms and haunting guitar work that sends you into your own little world… with potential to reach an international standard, they are worthy of supporting an international band such as Tool”
- Sydney Unleashed
The seed for JOVA was planted when Pedro Greig (guitar/piano/guitarviol) overheard Jorden Martin (vocals/bass) singing along to unplugged versions of Stone Temple Pilot's Creep when working together in the chambers of the local abattoir.
Almost immediately, it seemed that fate had played its hand and decided to detour two otherwise successful careers in the manly art of butchery. United by a mutual love of 12” vinyl, fine cut meats and Les Claypool, the pair began jamming together on their favourite selections from the aforementioned international acts.
It wasn’t long however before they had turned their attention completely inwards to exorcise their own demons into some form of aural enlightenment. To start, their melodies needed a heartbeat. Someone who shared a deep primeval bond with their instrument; viking-like; warrior-esk; someone powerful. Knowing ‘just the guy’, Pedro summoned Tim de la Roche from a two year drumming hiatus in the Amazon.
The percussionist packed his skins, set off across the Pacific and, with encounters of Jivaro head hunting still fresh in his mind, put the group on an experimental journey of self-discovery. Quite literally losing track of time, the trio spent several years recording over hundreds of hours of concepts, riffs and arrangements in the studio.
Finally emerging dazed but fueled by the energy of their collaboration, the colossal collection of recorded material was then refined and refined...and refined, until finally they were ready for a public showcase. Although the perpetual blood stains and meaty aromas had inspired a lavish darkness in their work, the butchery days were finally over. It was time for JOVA to see the light of day.
After playing only a handful of shows, the group’s reputation for live performance quickly spread through Australia’s underground live scene – from songs that take you on a colourful journey with projected animated visuals, through to rock-your-socks off hard hitters, the band offers something different with every show. To capture this energy, in August 2013 they decided to set up camp in Grove Studios (Home to silverchair, The Whitlams, Eskimo Joe) with producer/engineer Dan Murtagh (Dead Letter Circus, Jerrico) and unleash the proverbial beast.
Recruiting the skills of the best engineers they could get their hands on down under, figuratively speaking of course, you can hear the elusive human element in this band’s first offering, an aesthetic only obtained through dedication, distillation and time.
Mastered by Rick O’Neill at Turtlerock in Sydney (Powderfinger, John Butler Trio, silverchair), each track is dappled in soulful layers and thunderous rhythm – an explosive introduction of things to come.
The resulting EP, COLOURS THAT WILL RUN, is full of surprises and gives a refreshing escape from the current wave of over produced, squeaky clean, laptop-programmed rock.