There is a new band to watch out for in Tacoma, made up of five homegrown musicians that are no strangers to the T-Town music scene. They are called The Jupiter Order, a group of male and female artists all of whom are ready to make their Tacoma debut on Sept. 24 at the New Frontier Lounge. Cover is $5 and doors open at 9 p.m.
The Jupiter Order is: Raymond Hayden on keyboards and vocals, Susan Renville on vocals, Scott Malone on guitar, Jon Van Heise on bass and Chad Russell on drums. Hayden and Renville are co-owners of local record label Maurice the Fish Records and founded the band together. Malone, Van Heise and Russell are all accomplished musicians and performers with the chops that Hayden and Renville were looking for. Together, the five intend to shake things up.
The band describes its music this way: “If Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Chicago and Maroon 5 got together and had a baby, The Jupiter Order would be their love child.” The bulk of their material is made up of original songs that the whole band helped to craft, with Hayden being the songwriting foundation. “But it comes to life because of the band,” he said. “Every rehearsal starts out with us sitting outside and having a beer together, and that will never change. That time is very important – it makes us feel connected.” The vibe then naturally carries into rehearsals, where every band member is respected and encouraged to offer ideas and constructive criticism, Hayden said. “We want to be an excellent band that has a great time together.”
In addition to their wonderfully hook-filled, melodic originals, The Jupiter Order has made four iconic rock songs their own, the only covers the band has on its set list: “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, “Silent Lucidity” by Queensryche, “Wish You Were Here” and “Breathe” by Pink Floyd. Hayden said these songs were chosen, in part, due to how they fit so well into The Jupiter Order’s musicscape, which gives an idea of what to expect at their shows.
And speaking of shows, onstage The Jupiter Order chooses to eschew the “play a song/talk to the audience/play a song” kind of formula – not that there is anything wrong with it. The band simply feels that they have what it takes to put on higher caliber shows the likes of which are seen from bands like Sweet Kiss Momma and Big Wheel Stunt Show. Renville said she and Hayden admire these two bands for how they kick things up a notch in their performances.
“Those groups put on shows,” Renville said. “That’s what we want to do. You have to put yourself in the audience’s place – what you think they want to see and why they’re going out on a Friday night to hear music. They want to escape their week and see a good show.”
“We want to provide something that people will want to pay to see,” Hayden added. Having been in the music business for many years now, he said The Jupiter Order is proving to be a pinnacle in his long career. “Of all the bands I’ve put together, this is the best one ever in that everyone in the group is working hard and going forward.” The band’s signature planetary logo, designed by Kent Ward and painted by Kent Smith, is available now on T-shirts and will be featured in more merchandise to come.
After their Tacoma debut show at the New Frontier on Sept. 24, the band plays Louie G’s in Fife on Oct. 1 and The Swiss on Oct. 2.
This spring, the band plans to release an EP entitled “Breathe” and a band website is coming soon. In the meantime, find and “Like” The Jupiter Order on Facebook, and visit http://www.mauricethefishrecords.net/ to keep up with this promising new band.