“‘I’m Ready,'” which melds the brothers’ love of Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel harmonies with more contemporary electro-pop influences like fun. and Imagine Dragons, is quickly becoming a bona fide hit.” – Billboard
August 14, 2014 – Emerging pop trio AJR announced to fans today that they are pushing back the release of their full-length debut Living Room. Originally scheduled for September 30, the release is moving to February 2015 to allow the band time to record a batch of newly written songs that reflect their continued creative development. In the meantime, the band is readying a 5-track Infinity EP for release on September 23 (AJR Productions/Warner Bros. Records) featuring new single “Infinity.” AJR is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest and brightest new bands of 2014 following the success of their hit single “I’m Ready,” which was recently anointed Certified Gold with over 500,000 sold. The band recently performed the song on The Today Show.
In a letter to fans, the band explained:
We have a lot of news for you, so we wanted to write you another letter. Over the last few months of touring, we’ve been writing like crazy (a lot of cool innovative stuff) and we have a whole bunch of songs that we want to put on our debut album, Living Room. Unfortunately, we don’t think we’re gonna have enough time to produce all this stuff before the release date, so in the meantime we’re gonna put out a brand new EP! It’s called the ‘Infinity EP’ (yeah, you guessed it, Infinity is our new single), and we’re stoked to show you guys another stage in the development of AJR’s sound. Expect Living Room to drop in February 2015.
Also! We’re gonna be putting out a bunch of new videos (originals and covers and maybe a webisode or 2), so you can look forward to that.
Finally, we’re going on a HEADLINE TOUR this fall. We will be posting all about the dates and ticket sales over the next few weeks on twitter and facebook…
We can’t wait to see you guys. Sorry about pushing Living Room a little. We really want to get it right. You only get 1 debut album. 🙂 Till next time!
AJR’s NYC-bred Met brothers – Adam (bass/vocals), a 23-year old Columbia graduate, Ryan (guitar/piano/vocals), a bespectacled 20-year old Columbia student who serves as the band’s main songwriter, and Jack (vocals/guitar), the 16-year old force-de-nature who splits time between lead vocals and attending high school in NYC – have seen a meteoric rise in the past year following the self-release of a 5-song EP.Billboard favorably compared the band to the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel (for the harmonies) and Fun. and Imagine Dragons (for the electro-pop influences), whileNew York Post praised their “sticky-sweet pop melodies with vintage barber shop vocals [and] edgier electronic samples and ‘spokestep’ [aka dubstep breakdowns derived from vocals].”
The viral success of “I’m Ready” won over early champions including SiriusXM – who added the song the day it was released on iTunes – , iHeartRadio, VH1 “Big Morning Buzz,” Billboard and NBC, who featured the song in their Olympic promos. Just last year they opened shows for the likes of The Wanted and Demi Lovato, and recently wrapped a nationwide tour supporting Lindsey Stirling.
AJR got their musical start as kids busking in Central Park and Washington Square, singing Jackson 5 covers, and, later, their own material. They used their earnings to buy musical equipment which they set up in their parents’ living room, where they write, record and produce all of their own music to this day.