“JIBE was poised to be one of if not the biggest band to ever break out of the DFW music scene and take the national spotlight, at least before a series of events that lead to their undoing. Shocking and sudden with enough drama to outdo even some of the grittiest episodes of Behind the Music, the band that had begun in the mid ‘90s was no more, just as 2003’s Uprising began to capture a large audience.”
“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.
Epic Tales Of Human Human Nature, available worldwide Friday, October 6th, 2017, with powerful lead singles & videos Release, We’ve Only Just Begun, & The Human Condition already unwrapped, this new album bleeds endless jewels just waiting to be discovered.
“This is one of those albums every band hopes to make at some point in their career, one that can stand the tests of time and will always sound exceptional, the message never ceasing to be applicable. The most tangible thing JIBE created since their resurrection, Epic Tales of Human Nature cements the fact that the band has only just begun as they prepare to take the music world by storm once more.”
-Jordan Buford,The Music Enthusiast, Texas
The album is like listening to an instant classic, I can’t think of one song on this record I wouldn’t listen to again and again.
-Robert Ramone, Headbanger Heaven, USA
“Songs such as ‘Girl On A Hill‘ and ‘Sanctuary‘ and ‘Children Of The Sun‘ are exactly what the Rock scene thrives upon: pure, unadulterated music that is packed to the brim with creative passion.”
-His Divine Shadow, 925Rebellion, South Africa
“You’re going to find a lot of personal favorites on t”Epic Tales Of Human Nature” as JIBE shows that time won’t change the heart nor the passion, just the point of view.”
-Iceberg, Renegade Radio, Texas
Jibe is arguably one of the biggest rock bands that people need to know about right now. Their mix of today’s mainstream rock and the post-grunge efforts of the 1990’s make them a “must-listen” on anyone’s playlist.
-M, Madness To Creation, Iowa
This American band, very rock in heart, has a personality and a Universe all its own.
-Burinnava, AOR Melodic Rock, Sweden
“Now that the band has our attention once again, they can finish what they started in paving the path to greater consciousness with music that speaks to all sides of human nature.”
-Cherri Bird, Metal Pulp and Paper, Texas
“There is enough great music on this record to satisfy your rock n’ roll heart. Their music is well written and performed. Good hooks and a great band. Another musical export to make Texas proud.”
-Bakko, Decibal Geek, Virginia
The record’s thirteen strong tracks tell the tale of the band’s breakup after vocalist Joe Grah quit to deal with his addictions and demons, their subsequent reunion, and their journey back from the edge. On a broader scale, the album showcases the current state of the world’s turbulence and the idea of being at a crossroads.
-Tracey Heck – AXSTV, California
There are only strengths on “Epic Tales Of Human Nature”, with the incredible lyrics, intriguing guitar riffs, thick bass lines, and complex drum fills. Time has not affected the band whatsoever and JIBE has returned to take the music scene back by storm .
-Low Gain, Metal Nexus, Kentucky
JIBE delivers a stomper of a comeback album with enough bite and attitude to last a lifetime, you can really feel each emotion as it embeds itself under your skin, forever.
-Hayley Roebuck, Shockwave Magazine, USA/Europe
The album Epic Tales Of Human Nature is a reflection of the 90s, the band creates a very heavily Soundgarden influenced sound, especially when it comes to the vocals for the songs.
-James Geiser, Anti Hero Magazine, Missouri
What I like about the record is the sense of urgency. There is an aggressiveness captured unlike any of JIBE’s previous albums.
-James Villa, On Tour Monthly, Texas
I was lucky enough to be able to preview this album. I love the versatility shown on this album. Each song has it’s own sound and vibe. There is not a bad song on this album.
-Christy Norris, Bleached Bangs, Kansas
“The Human Condition” begs us to remember that we’re all human.
-Karen Shalev, Concert Crap, Massachussets