Progressive Metal Trio JIA Debuts Prodigious New Track, “Drift,” Featuring Guest Appearances by Casey Sabol (Periphery) and Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders)
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Photo: Ekaterina Gorbacheva Progressive metal trio JIA has revealed a new single, “Drift,” featuring guest appearances by vocalist Casey Sabol (Periphery) and drummer Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders).
Listen to drift today exclusively via Alternative Press at https://www.altpress.com/features/jia-drift-premiere-interview/. “’Drift’ was one of the first songs that we wrote as a band,” the band says. “It reflects our diverse musical influences, ranging from metal to more popular idioms such as electronic music. That being said, we never think about style when we write, we just let the ideas flow.”
JIA’s artistic vision is to create a singular voice that emerges from the deconstruction of various styles, ranging from metal to pop. The result is a sound that is both modern and captivating. While the band does fit nicely into the progressive metal genre, that is merely a starting point rather than a definition of the band’s style.
As “Drift” began to take shape, it was apparent to the band that the song was even more of a departure from previously recorded tracks, with an electronic element shining brightly through the song’s melodies and complex rhythms.
The bi-coastal core of JIA – bassist Jacob Umansky, guitarist Ivan Chopik and keyboardist Alan Hankers - are based in New York and Los Angeles. After years of writing, recording and touring together, the threesome officially formed JIA in early 2018.
Through long-distance collaboration amongst themselves and guest artists, JIA has spent the last year working on numerous songs, which they plan to release single by single over the coming months.
“Drift” is available now at https://wearejia.bandcamp.com/track/drift-feat-casey-sabol-matt-garstka. JIA online: