Jump, Little Children
2019 marks the 25th year that Jump, Little Children is a “must see live” band known for its high-energy shows. With an eclectic mix of musical influences from ethereal chamber pop to guitar driven alt-rock, they have built a grass-roots following of devoted fans across the country.
Between 1995 and 2006, they released 4 studio albums (The Licorice Tea Demos - 1995, Magazine - 1998, Vertigo - 2001, Between the Dim & the Dark - 2004), 2 EPs (Buzz - 1997, Between the Glow & the Light - 2005) 1 compilation of early material (The Early Years, Volume 1 - 2001) and a live double-album of their final performances (Live at the Dock Street Theatre - 2006). After over a decade of touring and recording they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. In 2015, a 10-year reunion tour that sold out in minutes re-energized the band to begin touring again, and fan-fund the 2018 critically acclaimed album "Sparrow".
“The choice to be a band funded by fans rather than a record label is something we take great pride in,“ says multi-instrumentalist Matthew Bivins,“Every band tells its fans that they couldn’t do what they do without them. In our case, our community is the reason we didn't stop at a handful of reunion shows. Being Jump, Little Children again is more than the excitement of recording and touring together. It’s the joy of being able to bring outside influences—other projects we’re passionate about—to the band, and sharing those influences with our community, too.”
What’s next for the band and its devoted following? “Sparrow” hasn’t even hit its first birthday and there are already new songs and ideas in the works. Most notably, the group has launched a self-proclaimed “experiment” on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. “It’s a healthy mix of hard-core nostalgia and a little taste of the future,” shares lead singer Jay Clifford. Every month, the band releases rare and never-heard live recordings, forgotten B-sides, and brand new demos. Clifford has taken on the roles of producer and host of “Cool Demo”, an audio documentary that dives deep into the making of“Sparrow” and often wanders to philosophical musings with all five members of the band. Become a patron at patreon.com/jumplittlechildren toexperience more of the band’s past, present, and future.
In December 2019, Jump, Little Children will launch a tour through its favorite cities along the East Coast and dipping into the Midwest. “These shows will be anything but ordinary,” promises bass player Jonathan Gray. “We learned in 2018 that while fans loved having new music to sing along to, they’ll always want some of our pre-hiatus noise. Porqué no los dos?” Gray is alluding to a recent performance dubbed “#LicMag”, an evening for 200 JLC super-fans in the intimate Queen Street Playhouse of Charleston SC where the band played its popular 90s albums “The Licorice Tea Demos” and“Magazine” in their entirety. The show was a blast, and the band hopes to do more like it in the future.
Be sure to follow the band’s adventures @jumplittlechildren on Facebook and Instagram! For concert tickets and general information, visit jumplittlechildren.com.