Jumpcuts Fiber Optic Bondage

Baltimore new-wave, dark-synth, rock band Jumpcuts is the brainchild of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Andy Shankman.  The sophomore album entitled, Fiber Optic Bondage, is a continuation of Shankman’s bombastic brand of rock that blurs musical lines.  The introspective lyrics, atmospheric synths, and danceable beats will make you want to laugh, dance, and cry at the same time. The album was recorded here at Mobtown Studios with producer Mat Leffler-Schulman.

Recording this record was quite the experience. Andy brought in NYC drummer Dan Barman to record on the whole album. It was a joy working with Dan. He was one of those drummers who really works on his part internally until he actually lays it down. And Andy was no stranger to getting as close to perfection as possible before abandonment. In the end we actually came back after the record was recorded and mixed to remix the record by re-amped all the MIDI tracks through tube amps to give the record a less cold MIDI feel. It shows. This record is warm and pleasing and almost the opposite of an electronic rock record while at the same time keeping with electronic bones.

Jumpcuts continue to tour throughout the eastern half of the US, have opened for Phantogram, and SVIIB and performed on WRUW’s Live From Cleveland.  The single “Headlights” debuted on WTMD in Towson, MD.  “If the guitar line’s melodic warmth doesn’t pull you in, the vocal patterning will… Growth becomes silence which turns elegantly into a layered soundscape. Clearly, Andy Shankman put careful thought into every element..” (Ruether, NewSickMusic.com)

Credits

Guitar, synth and vocals by Andy Shankman

Drums by Dan Barman

Produced, mixed and engineered by Mat Leffler-Schulman and Andy Shankman