Prepare to feel nostalgia as our favourite multi-talented collective Postmodern Jukebox bring their re-imagined contemporary tracks in the style of yesteryears' music to our shores in October. PMJ is all set to play Kiwi venues starting off in Tauranga, then heading to Napier, Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington before winding up in Christchurch.
Before we get to experience PMJ's ingenious music arrangements, the band will first be winding up their Australian tour which will kick off in Mount Lawley then heading to Adelaide, Fortitude Valley, Queensland and Melbourne. They will continue playing in Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra before wrapping up in Newcastle.
Since Scott Bradlee created the project in 2009, PMJ has amassed more than 900 million YouTube views and 3.2 million subscribers, chalked up more than 1 million likes on Facebook, performed on 'Good Morning America', topped iTunes and Billboard charts, caught the attention of NPR Music and NBC News and played hundreds of shows to sold-out houses around the world. That seemingly exhausting pace hasn't stopped Bradlee from arranging and recording new arrangements every week for PMJ's legion of fans.
PMJ has long since outgrown the cramped confines of Bradlee's small apartment in Queens, NY—where the original videos were shot at a time when he was one of countless struggling musicians in the city—to play some of the most heralded stages in the world. The spirit, though, has remained the same—a collective of musicians dedicated to the timelessness of music, performing songs vibrantly and without a trace of irony.
Each time around, PMJ looks forward to bringing their unique spin on modern pop hits and retro pop stylings to new cities for the first time, as well as revisiting favourite haunts that welcome them back with eagerly open arms. And as any PMJ fan can tell you, the experience is never the same twice, with new songs, new sounds, and new members added to the ever-growing family.
Imagine marrying the 21st Century party vibe of Miley Cyrus or the minimalist angst of Radiohead with the crackly warmth of a vintage 78 or the plunger-muted barrelhouse howl of a forgotten Kansas City jazzman. Bradlee's choice of material ranges from the '80s hard rock of Guns N' Roses to hits as recent as 2015's Justin Bieber plea 'Sorry'. They're rendered by a rotating cast of musicians and singers in fashions that date back to a time when Axl, Slash and Bieber's parents had yet to be born—a time of street corner harmonies and torch singers, blues belters and golden-voiced crooners.
Last year, PMJ collected 18 favourites to compile The Essentials for Concord Records. The album featured the songs that Bradlee has called "most essential to the PMJ universe", including hits by Beyoncé, the White Stripes, Lorde, Outkast and Maroon 5—along with the song that put the band on the map, a vaudevillian distressing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' fronted by Robyn Adele Anderson that garnered more than a million views within a week of being posted. The pin-up styled singer returned for the album's opener, their '50s' doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus' celebration of an inhibition-shedding spree 'We Can't Stop' which garnered more than 19.5 million views and was named one of the '9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015' by People magazine.
Don't miss your chance to witness Postmodern Jukebox play the trendiest tracks of the era mingled with their authentic retro-style sound this October.