Jarrod Champion Sleeps Till Dusk
The forces of nature in conjunction with your basic 'process of elimination' philosophy have brought together five musicians in hopes of accomplishing something timeless; or maybe there's just nowhere left to go but up. In any event, while sifting through the ashes of passing projects, we find these diamonds in the rough with more than enough sensability to know what to do with something beautiful when it's handed to them. Jarrod Champion has been recording music on his own for the past seven years and has been writing since he can remember. He began playing out sometime in 1996 and after making many rounds through the local coffee shop scene, sitting on a stool just wasn't enough anymore. From 2001 to 2003 Jarrod became a member of four different local bands who all played often in the Detroit area; two of which produced studio recordings. Ultimately all of these projects faded away and Jarrod faced the perfect oppurtunity to persue his own music. He took the chemistry acquired with certain former band mates and formed his own self-proclaimed 'super-group'. Armed with the momentum left behind by his previous bands and an all-star cast of local musicians the meloncholy, rusty-romantic aura of Jarrod's music began to take shape. His smokey, barstool paino style, stemming from old jazz-blues-rock conglomerates such as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and others, is the perfect contradiction to the rest of the band's newer, more ressonant sound. A divine marrige of past and present. Jarrod Champion has singularly, to date, recorded one seven-song e.p., two full lengths (the most recent this past November) and is currently working on his first music video. Jarrod and crew have frequented the local hot-spots, participated in many local music festivals (including The Hamtramck Labor Day Fest and the Detroit Taste-fest) as well as the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and has shared the stage with acts such as Mike Watt and the Secondmen, Twinemen, Idlewild and others while also receiving regular airplay on WDET (Detroit public radio). Jarrod Champion Sleeps 'til Dusk is: Jarrod Champion-vocal, piano, guitar, organ : Erik Maluchnik-guitar : Bryan Brozowski-bass : Jeff Moats-organ, synth, guitar : Matt Stahl-drums. They can be found currently playing out in the metro Detroit area and are planning to hit the road soon.