Jo Passed "Star Song" / "Monkey Mind"

Jo Passed 'Star Song' / 'Monkey Mind'
When Vancouver psych outfit Sprïng called it quits earlier this summer, frontman Joseph Hirabayashi said that he would be moving to Montreal and launching a solo career under the name Jo Passed. Sure enough, he has now unveiled his first tracks under the new banner, and Exclaim! has the premiere.

Of the two songs, "Star Song" is closest to the tripped-out psych-pop sound of Sprïng, as atmospheric electric guitars trace out unpredictable riffs alongside melodies that are tuneful in an off-kilter sort of way. On the other hand, "Monkey Mind" is a ferociously fuzzy alt-rock tune with jagged fretboard fireworks, pounding drums and poppy grunge melodies.

Jo will play Montreal's Le Cagibi on October 9. Tour dates in the eastern part of the continent will follow.