Jace Miller – Lead Vocal | Lead Guitar
Chris Pires | Drums
Alright Junior is a raw, genuine, modern alt rock trio who has a desire to communicate their collective internal focus. Touring aggressively since 2006, Alright Junior is keen on constantly being on the go, as this band’s live show is what defines them. This musical endeavor has led Alright Junior to share the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Survive, Local H, Toadies, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Maps & Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young the Giant, The Ataris, Everclear, Wheatus, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands and more. The explosive, impulsive, and intense vocals of Jace Miller, mixed with the creative efficiency of Jamie Victor’s bass/harmonies and Chris Pires’ incendiary drumming, makes for an electric mixture of rock, with passionately haunting lyrics, infectious songwriting and stunning energy.
Twas 2006, when the members of Alright Junior formed in the city of Philadelphia, Pa, their debut album, Eudaemonic, (distributed by ADA Warner Music Group – recorded with Kevin Wesley Williams and mastered by UE Nastasi), was released right away putting the project on the map. The material was soon being spread along by radio stations in the area and beyond, including the songs, Up In Flames, Mouths of a Herd, and Sinner of the State. It was at this time that the band then received word that their music was put on regular rotation by a station in Milan, Italy and was being pushed through certain areas in Europe and the UK. By 2008, AJ had already found themselves sharing the stage with Sponge, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Joe Coffee (Rev. Paul Bearer of Sheer Terror), and McRad.
In 2009, the group began working with Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios (Rage Against The Machine, INXS, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Lifetime) in Jersey City, NJ, spearheaded by mastermind, Tim “Rumblefish” Gilles. Alan Douches from West West Side Music (Mastadon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alkaline Trio, Ben Folds Five, Hot Water Music) in New Windsor, NY, applied his mastering expertise. Finishing their sophomore recording, a five (5) song EP named, Our Temporary Everything, their single, Fish vs. Ambulance achieved regular radio airplay, along with Minds Built Like Rome, drawing attention to a larger audience. This also brought TV appearance opportunities involving both ABC and NBC, which sent their newer videos to grow in views.
In 2011, the band went back to Big Blue Meenie and West West Side to expand with a third recording, entitled, Scratching at the Ceiling, which was released in April of that year. Shortly after, the track, Burn continued the band’s momentum, having played it live in studio during their 2nd appearance at Radio 104.5 WRFF. Alright Junior believes in genuine passion and hard work to achieve the goals in sight; 2011 proved a big year for AJ opening for bands such as Young the Giant, Circa Survive, Maps & Atlases, Sleeper Agent, Violent Soho, and Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri ex- Queens of the Stone Age).
March 2012 came and the band went into Studio 4 (John Lennon, Nine Inch Nails, Urge Overkill, Circa Survive) in Philadelphia, recording with good friend Steven LaFashia, setting up to unveil a new single in May entitled, How You’ve Changed Me. UE Nastasi (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At the Disco), at Sterling Sound in NYC, mastered this song. In April/May of 2012, AJ shared the stage with Romans (ex Head Automatica, We Are The Fury, Jaguar Love), Gabriel the Marine, and NGHBRS. Philadelphia spoke very loudly voting Alright Junior to open for Incubus, Cake, Angels & Airwaves, Civil Twilight, and Flogging Molly for Radio 104.5’s 5th Birthday party on May 13, 2012. In June the band was asked to share the stage with Empires, The Lighthouse and The Whaler, and Team Spirit (ex- Passion Pit). August turned the corner and Alright Junior opened for Canada’s darlings, Our Lady Peace. As October came into sight, the band opened for 10 Years and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. To close out a big year, AJ was then asked to open for the almighty Chicago duo, Local H in December.
2013 brought the birth of the idea behind what is now the highly anticipated new full length record, Amusia. Alright Junior started recording with engineer/producer Bogdan Hernik (Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Quicksand, The Smithereens, Soul Asylum) at Strange Weather in Brooklyn, New York and continued in Philadelphia, PA at mSound and our own homes. Set for release in Spring 2014, there is lots to say with this new material. The band was approached by London, UK based breakthrough companies Sofar Creative & Cue Songs (Founded by Peter Gabriel) wanting to help spread their music to movies, TV, and other outlets. A non-exclusive agreement went into the works and the wheels continued to turn. On August 16th Alright Junior was invited back to Radio 104.5 WRFF for a 3rd time for a live on air stripped down performance of a new song from Amusia entitled, Stay. To end the summer, AJ helped put together a special hometown benefit show for Musicopia (non-profit organization that brings educational music enrichment programs to schools and communities throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.) at the TLA on August 17th raising over $1,000 with the help of Radio 104.5, Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive, and Man Overboard. In October 2013, Alright Junior was honored to share the stage once again with favorites Local H during their farewell to Brian St. Clair. In December they rounded out the year opening for Mark Rose (of Spitalfield).
2014 is where the new full length record, Amusia, has come into light this Spring. The engineer/producer, Bogdan Hernik, has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this album with the band. The crew was stoked to have Fred Kevorkian (Sonic Youth, Bad Religion, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, The Walkmen) in NYC doing the mastering for this record. The first single, Ancestors Laugh In Heaven, has already gotten air play on Radio 104.5 prior to the album coming out. The video for the song that is being pushed alongside has soared in views in its initial release, giving the album a nice buzz around it. In early April the band was asked to play a special birthday show for Assistant Program Director, Wendy Rollins, at WRFF alongside great Philly area acts including Fred Mascherino (ex- Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things, The Color Fred, Breaking Pangaea). In April, Philadelphia spoke very loudly, once again, voting Alright Junior into the Final Four out of about 400 hundred bands for the opportunity to open for Cage The Elephant, Foster The People, Third Eye Blind, Bastille, KONGOS, Foals, and St. Lucia for Radio 104.5’s 7th Birthday Show. Shortly thereafter, Alright Junior was invited to play the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party on June 7th with The Head and the Heart, Bear Hands, and KONGOS. As the new album, Amusia, gained more airplay during the summer months, AJ then was asked to share the stage with The Ataris for a big anniversary show in August. Before the year closed out the band joined NYC’s Dreamshow in Philly right before the holidays in December.
2015 had more touring on the agenda off the bat and some new material being written. The band announced that they would be recording in the Spring to focus on an EP. In February, Alright Junior took the stage with Local H for a third time and showcased some of the new songs to a packed house. Summer hit home proper with AJ playing the main stage at the South Street Spring Festival in Philly, where 60,000 people attended. During the recording process of the new EP with Bogdan Hernik, they were asked to play the i99 Radio Birthday Bash with Brick + Mortar in mid June. As the EP garners the focal point in July, Alright Junior joins groups like Rusted Root and the Nick Perri Band at the Hollystock Music Festival for a second year in a row in August. In October, they shared the stage with Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri ex- Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, The Dwarves) and Peter Pan Speedrock. Later that week, AJ showcased at CMJ 2015 in Brooklyn. November saw Alright Junior taking the stage with Toadies and performing for a Radio 104.5 New Music Discovery Show.
As 2016 turned the corner, things picked up with promotion of the new EP, Inhibition, prior to the release. AJ continued hitting very heavy with touring including a handful of shows with Flyermile (members of Circa Survive, ex A Life Once Lost) and jumping on an extensive amount of festivals. Alright Junior was asked to join Radio 104.5 WRFF for the band’s 4th Live at 5 on air session and interview in May 2016 performing the newest single from Inhibition entitled, Over You Over Me. The band built up more momentum in July supporting The Unlikely Candidates and Holy White Hounds. In August, the band played with Grandpa vs. Prowler (w/ actors Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michael Pena, & members of Kill Hannah, Filter, Kings of Leon). September was the first leg of the Inhibition Tour through the East Coast and Northern US as the band kept the road at heart. Upon their return, more writing came into focus while booking the next legs of the tour.
In 2017, the band then released their new stop-motion animation video for Hold On To My Breath Again directed by Tony Forgey. The video immediately got attention and was a finalist in the Paris International Music Video Underground for “Best Animated Music Video”. The beginning of March rolled around meeting Alright Junior with the opportunity to share the stage with West Coast natives, Everclear. Alright Junior was then asked to do an in-studio video session for WXPN that was released with a few songs. WMMR continued to spin some of the newest EP that same month. Then they were asked to do their 5th Live at 5 in-studio session with Radio 104.5 performing new material. As 2018 came into sight and the band was coming back from the first tour of the new year, WMMR announced AJ as “Jaxon’s Artist of the Month” in March of 2018.
The band remains true to its hometown roots and resides in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Jace Miller, Jamie Victor, and Chris Pires collectively make up Alright Junior.