Plain Jane Automobile
Plain Jane Automobile
The quartet's compelling sound echoes from pockets worldwide, as multiple PJA tunes now occupy millions of Nokia cell phones in various countries. The band signed with the Agency of the Performing Arts in the summer of 2006, a development that resulted in a pair of national tours with Ours as well as supporting slots with Jet, Blue October, Supergrass, Sterophonics, MuteMath, and Plain White T's. Musically, their memorable melodies and driving rhythms have earned them comparisons to the likes of Doves, Supergrass, and U2. Through online networking, social media, and the help of their supportive fan base, Plain Jane raised over $12,000 to fund their forthcoming album, Your Tomorrow, produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Needtobreathe). "Around the time we started writing the album, I was spending a lot of time watching WWII films and found myself inspired by these amazing stories of survival, rebirth, faith, healing, love, and loss", notes Duke Crider (vocals/guitar)regarding the albums lyrical themes. "As I revisited the lyrics during the recording process, I noticed that a lot of the songs were tied together.
I guess I'm a little obsessed with that era because my grandfather was a Polish Jew living in Germany at the time of all the madness." The album's opener “You Were Only a Song” finds Crider brandishing the memory of a fallen friend as a sort of mantra, a reminder of the world's beauty....snatched from the jaws of a painful and trying loss. Armed with this keepsake, the band's front man confronts a myriad of challenges as the album progresses, including torturous nightmares, undue criticism from a never-satisfied lover, as well as the general stresses of living in a time when the sky always seems to be falling. The title track offers a fervent plea to humanity's best to never stop surprising us. According to Crider, the song is based on the story of the Bielski partisans. "They survived in the woods for over two years, rescuing over 1200 people in the process and eventually restarting their lives in New York." The album's closer, the understated “Please Leave Quietly”, represents a decision to face whatever future lies ahead with an attitude of love and forgiveness. Your Tomorrow is slated for release on May 9th.
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