Jupiter One Takes New York City By Storm

By Cassie Newman

If Jupiter One were a hurricane, K Ishibashi would be the eye of its storm. Grounded at the center, calm and controlled, his energy spirals off to the rest of the band, each of whom is their own force to be reckoned with.  In the same way that a great storm is fascinating, Jupiter One is captivating: the crowd moves, cheers and jumps, as close to the edge of the stage as possible, longing to get swept up into the storm.   

Despite the frenetic energy in the audience at their Bowery Ballroom concert, Jupiter One remained confidently collected, relishing in their own experience onstage.  Even the images displayed on the video screen behind them were tranquil, if somewhat odd (figures in white body suits doing slow martial arts moves, alternated with their brightly colored band name in big letters).  They played nine songs from their self-titled debut album, and threw in four new ones which, they plugged, will be on their next album. They saved “Fire Away”, one of their big hits, for the end of the set, holding it like a carrot on a string for the hungry audience.

Jupiter One is a band that takes nothing for granted in a live performance, and as musicians they are unstoppable.  Ishibashi has a voice to rival any professed singer, and his control was especially impressive: not a word was lost despite the large venue and the equally large energy within it.  He also plays the electric guitar and the electric violin with such passion that the crowd screams with practically every strum.  In the new song, “Lights Go Out”, Ishibashi threw his whole body into playing his guitar; it was a marked contrast from his stillness between songs, when he stood front and center, taking in the audience.

Zac Colwell, the other force behind the band’s creation, rocks on his electric guitar, but is equally impressive on the synthesizer (he even busted out a flute to much fanfare for an unexpected solo).  As if that multi-instrumentalism weren't enough, for the final song of the encore, he took over the drums: he switched places with Dave Heilman, who plays his drum set with as much precision as drive. Mocha, the dainty lady of the group, balanced the rest of the band's playful energy with her strikingly powerful focus on the synthesizers.  Dougherty was a new addition at the show, and he played the electric bass and sported a metallic silver tunic for a while (both things worthy of note).  

If this show is any indication of where Jupiter One is headed, the indie music scene can expect to be blown away.