We’ve got the exclusive premiere of Jo Passed’s debut single “Lego My Ego” (best song name ever) off of his upcoming EP Out, to be released January 22nd on Craft Singles.
The project was formed by songwriter/vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joseph Hirabayashi.
”’Lego my Ego’ was written for my old band Sprïng about a year ago,” said Hirabayashi. “We played the song on a few tours and at some of our last shows. When Sprïng disbanded, I decided to keep this song for Jo Passed out of all the unreleased songs from Sprïng.”
Hirabayashi went on to explain the inspiration for the lyrics.
“The song is about someone dealing with falling in love with a dogmatic close-minded person and what you would have to go through to navigate that,” continued Hirabayashi. “It’s about loving someone even if it means accepting that they are essentially non-accepting. This is definitely a recurrent theme on Out. The riff is also so hard to play in this song that it marks the last time I ever write a song that’s way too hard right way. It’s almost like playing the song has the same feel as the lyrical challenge of the song. Sometimes I think the challenge of songwriting is to write a song that doesn’t just connect with other people, but that can sustain your own personal interest after you have played it 10000 plus times.
“Because it as the first song written for this project, the tone of the song definitely set the tone of the EP. I wanted things to sound like they were dry and driving. I wanted it to sound like your eyes are closed and you see a desert road that you are driving through and things are burning up and hot, and you aren’t quite sure whether what you are seeing is a desert mirage or if it’s real. I wanted it to sound expansive yet closed, and dark and dingey yet warm.”
Listen to “Lego My Ego” above, and be sure to catch Jo Passed on tour (dates below).
Jo Passed Tour Dates
01.22.2016 – Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
01.23.2016 – Portland, OR @ The Know
01.25.2016 – Sacramento, CA @ D House
01.26.2016 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Fun Zone
01.27.2016 – Los Angeles, CA @ Harvard & Stone
01.28.2016 – Oakland, CA @ Know Lodge Gallery
01.30.2016 – Olympia, WA @ SBS House
02.06.2016 – Vancouver, BC @ Red Gate