Space Junk is Forever uses vintage instruments to weave simple melodies, stirring harmonic language, and frequent key and meter changes into impressionistic, aptly titled tunes that 70’s prog lovers, mathy drummers, synthesizer geeks, and music theory nerds are all sure to enjoy. Deep grooves, varied instrumentations, and wild group improvisations further invite a broader audience.
Like many bands, Space Junk is Forever emerged from a basement where most of the band’s material was casually written and multi-tracked by Hammond organist Jordan Holt starting in 2013. “At first I had no intention of forming a band for these songs. It was a dream I thought I had killed off, but the bug came back and I just had to do it.”
In 2016, Jordan met classical pianist/composer, Claude Garoute, and the two began arranging and practicing tunes in Holt’s basement using only Hammond Organ, Rhodes piano, and 2 Moogs.
After auditioning Madden Klass on drums in late 2017, the band began to record their debut self titled record, Space Junk is Forever. It was recorded live with all 3 members, and paired with “Live Tracking Video Sessions” that are available online. This was our first true labor of love as SJIF.
During the fall of 2018, Jordan and Madden continued to jam extensively which helped hone their musical relationship and further create content to build an online presence. The resulting videos received surprise attention on social media. The numbers began to spike during this time and awareness spread around the musician world.
“I was suddenly very busy mailing out vinyl copies of our first record and keeping up with online sales”, explains Holt. “Those videos really helped to jump start interest in us, but we still didn’t feel like we were ready to take it live. The pressure was on to get it just right.” Instead, a second album, SJF2 was recorded.
Shortly after, good friends/former bandmates, bassist David Palan and guitarist Matt Vigna, were called in for live shows. With the arrangements and sounds now flushed out, live shows commenced late spring 2019.
Since then the band has performed at noteworthy clubs and festivals in New England, NYC, upstate New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Performances at Disc Jam Festival and at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC stand out as highlights.