“Yesterday’s gone. Tomorrow never knows. Today will never be the same again.”
– JIBE, “Yesterday’s Gone”, Uprising
Funny how these simple perceptive words can impact a listener with such devastation that it can forever alter their mindset. This brutal truth coupled with the band’s tumultuous path and passionate live display made JIBE standout in Dallas’ music scene and elevated the artists, along with their relentless touring schedule, to a national presence. The releasing and unleashing of instinctual energy is what a live JIBE experience is all about. The band’s dynamic, adrenaline-fueled performance motions the crowd to become lost in the thrill of the moment. Spontaneous shifts and bursts inspire both the band and fans actions as front man Joe Grah often joins the two by blindly leaping into the arms of the audience. Chaotic and intense, each live JIBE show, much like their new album Epic Tales Of Human Nature. Recorded at Orb Recording studios in Austin, TX, produced by Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn), Epic Tales of Human Nature reflects a fire and intensity lacking in today’s world. From beginning to the very end this 13 song masterpiece takes the listener on a journey of uncontainable highs and devastatingly toxic lows, a story all too familiar with the boys in JIBE.
Arriving from Dallas with a resident quartet composed of vocalist Joe Grah, Toby Bittenbender (guitar), Corey Tatro (bass), and Ben Jeffries (drums), JIBE consistently built a solid touring career since they assembled in 1994. Disposing stalwart tunes of alternative rock magnified by Grah’s vigorously melodic vocals, JIBE display their better commands on extreme and alternate effect settings. Only one year after forming, the Texan crew released their first record, Live at Trees. The album marked their impressive ability and offered them a growing popularity at the local music scene, solidified by 1996’s JIBE, their self-titled second album. The band’s considerable following was then consolidated by their consecutive performances as the opening band for groups such as Toadies, Fastball, & Creed. In 2000, and after yet another intense touring season, the Dallas team released their third record, In My Head, achieving regular airplay at various alternative & college radio stations. Underlining their increasing prevalence, the song “I’ll Meet You Half Way” landed at he No.1 position on KXUL in Monroe, LA, where it would stay for several weeks.
2002, the band enters Reeltime Studios in Denton, TX with producer, Eric Delegard to begin crafting their eponymous fourth release, Uprising. Uprising captures twelve dynamic rock tracks exploring JIBE’s reckless, melodic artistry. Defined as four unique entities moving together on a parallel path to achieve harmony and accord, Uprising specifically explains the curious unicity of JIBE’s remarkable sound. JIBE received massive radio success from Uprising’s first single “Yesterday’s Gone” and watched it climbs the charts and playlist of dozens of rock, alternative, and active rock radio stations, reaching No.1 on KDGE, KEGL, KLBJ, KROX, KTUX, KXUL, top 5 on KATT, KMOD, & KLAQ, plus top 20 on KNCN, KRTQ, KMYZ, KFMX, KFZX, KEYJ, KDJE, WEGR, KOOJ, KBRQ, & KLOC. The track peaked at #26 on the Radio & Records 2003 National Rock Charts & No. 71 Top U.S. Rock Tracks of 2003.
Exercising their thirst for sweat and fan interaction JIBE has taken to countless stages from West Hollywood (Viper Room, Roxy) to New York (C.B.G.B.’s). Landing a spot on Jim Beam’s “Road To The Rackhouse Tour” paired JIBE alongside Jerry Cantrell and Nickelback. The band continued to there assault full speed ahead sharing stages with Marilyn Manson, Suicidal Tendencies, Godsmack, Sevendust, The Toadies, Drowning Pool, HELLYEAH, Our Lady Peace, Fair to Midland, Flyleaf, Bowling for Soup, Blue October, David Lee Roth, Saliva, Static-X, Oleander, Lit, Staind, Ours, Sammy Hagar, Fastball, Silverchair, The Flys, and many more. JIBE performed over a 2,500 shows as a band, released 5 albums, and successfully built a brotherhood alongside a flourishing audible sensation, but, along with success came the obvious pitfalls for any group of artists collectively working their way through the haphazard realm of creation. According to JIBE frontman Joe Grah, one night he simply got in his car and drove to Los Angeles and didn’t tell anyone. During his time in JIBE, Grah had become addicted to drugs and alcohol and believes that if he hadn’t left Dallas and broken up the band, he probably would have died.
On June 26, 2015, after over 11 contentious years apart and dozens of failed attempts, Dallas ALT-rock juggernaut JIBE secretly entered Reeltime Studios in Denton, TX to explore the once unthinkable option of actually playing together again. The emotionally driven first face to face meeting and jam session began with a previous crowd favorite, “Naked In The Rain”. The vibration generated from the culminating synergy literally began shaking the elaborately constructed sound baffles right off of the walls. “It was as if no time had passed, we were instantly transported back to the moment we left off. There was an unspoken interconnectedness where the four of us looked at each other and immediately realized that the band we created together was greater than any single one of us.” -Joe Grah
JIBE is back stronger than ever and ready to engage as the boys find their center in an uncertain universe.