Many artists could go on and on about their favorite (or least favorite) bands and records. Jonas Park could write an entire essay on Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’. “I actually watched the TV show first, which provided some colorful imagery for the novel once I dug into it’’ Jonas says.” ‘American Gods’ changed the way I saw characterization and storytelling, and I’ve done my best to pay tribute to those elements, and the story, in my music.” ‘Indie Romeo’ uses catchy pop hooks and witty lyrics to convey the complex emotions Jonas felt during a turbulent period of his life. The title and opening track is a whirlwind of soaring background vocals, growling guitars and driving drumbeats—encapsulating the intoxication of embracing new beginnings. The defiant energy of the more rock leaning tracks ‘King of Anchors’ and ‘Shaky’ belie Jonas’ more vulnerable states, recounting adrenaline-fueled highs and the burnout that follows. ‘Island’ goes into even more detail; Jonas’ goes from being open to everything, to putting walls up in a way that feels like a reluctant choice to mature. “I was relentlessly pursuing a career path without really stopping to think about anything” he recounts, “And once I was sort of forced to pause, my body and mind started to feel the consequences of overwhelming myself really quickly.” But the listener also feels Jonas making a conscious effort to find levity in difficult circumstances. ‘Mad Sweeny & Dead Wife’ is a short fantasy with Gaiman’s titular characters present, deciding between being together and being themselves. The somber piano melody may lead the listener to their decision, no matter how much they may wish it were otherwise. ‘Venus, Venus’ is a straight-forward but rousing punk-pop track that revels in the nonchalant euphoria of casual sex. “This is the only track that I wrote on guitar, so it definitely feels more like an outlier, in the best way possible”. Overall, ‘Indie Romeo’ never lets the listener stay in one place for too long, carrying them though Jonas’ entire emotional landscape. Not quite rock’n’roll, not quite pop and not even entirely romantic as the name might suggest, Jonas’ music draws from several different genres and art-styles to create a rich and illustrious piece of work. “I really hope people can take something meaningful out of my music,” Jonas says. “I purposely put a lot of myself in these songs with the hope that other artists could find some inspiration and comfort, as I’ve been able to find in the artists that I love and respect.”.


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