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Jo Passed is an emergent project by songwriter/vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joseph Hirabayashi. Joseph formerly played in Vancouver based neo-psychedelic band Sprïng, which formed out of the disbanding of pronk experimental punk band, SSRIs. Joseph lead both bands with his neurotic perfectionism coupled with his propensity for outlandish humour and rebellion. Sprïng released an LP titled “Celebrations” in march of 2014 and subsequently toured Canada and down the west coast 3 times.

After a third tour in 2015, the band began to slowly disintegrate over a period of a few months. A ten year long collaborative relationship between Joseph and his friend since childhood, Elliot, got put on hold and left Joseph scrambling, hulking and wading through a deluge of personal and creative issues. The result left Joseph with a case of insomnia that lasted months, until the day a song was finished for a new potential project. Jo Passed is formed out of the idea that songwriting is more of a natural reflex than a cultivated act.

Joseph began jamming with drummer Mac Lawrie (Cult Babies, Tough Age, Energy Slime, Flash Palace) in June of 2015 with the idea of recording and moving to Montreal together to check out the east coast music scene. Spring had officially disbanded and Joseph sold all their belongings and drove across Canada to Montreal, in a move to not so much sever ties with Vancouver as much as uproot and commit to touring as a lifestyle. Out EP was written and recorded in Summer to fall of 2015 in both Vancouver and Montreal.

Jo Passed takes the project DIY recording studio approach to an uncomfortable, but rewarding place - recording in whatever spaces become available and keeping things flexible.

Writing for the UP EP began just after masters were completed for the Jo Passed debut, Out. The UP EP was eventually finished after a challenge was presented by a fellow musician in Vancouver about whether Joseph would able to finish a follow up in time before leaving on a spring tour.

Inspired by early Pere Ubu with the inclusion of the synth talents of west coast Passed family member: Bella McKee, UP adds noisey synthesizers to the Jo Passed palette.

The title is a taken suggestion by Joseph's brother in law and is a reference to the numerous labels that literally passed up releasing the Jo Passed debut Out.

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released July 1, 2016

All songs by Joseph Hirabayashi
Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Bass, Drums by Joseph Hirabayashi
Produced, Recorded, Mixed by Joseph Hirabayashi
Synths by Bella McKee
Bass Clarinet on Virtue by Ridley Bishop
Mastered by Brock McFarlane
Recorded at Studio 3 in Thor's Palace in Vancouver BC Canada
Dedicated to the memory of Tommy.

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Jo Passed is an emergent project by songwriter/vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joseph Hirabayashi. Joseph formerly played in Vancouver based neo-psychedelic band Sprïng, which formed out of the disbanding of pronk experimental punk band, SSRIs. Jo Passed is always on tour, look for shows. ... more

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Track Name: Look Up
hey el
testing
can you hear me?

hey el,
right now
are you reading?

this is
a message
just for you

sorry
for all
the challenges

here is
one more
for the road

i am
checking
if you read the words
Track Name: Singular
pieces, witness, discernibility

shedding, snakeskin, trail of body

singular

cluster, cluster

singular

texture, texture

singular

pattern, pattern

of you

one by one by one by



hold on, keep tight, each nut and bolt

parts slip like sand, as you tighten your hold



meditate each one, achieve unity

solo sick, spread out like confetti



singular

bundle, bundle

singular

grouping, grouping

singular

collection, collection

singular

cluster, cluster

singular

texture, texture

singular

pattern, pattern

of you

one by one by one by

one

all of you
Track Name: Pet Crows
pet names for the owner

tip of beak tongue

dark quills

that write

smart sounds

smartest bird around

murder of the murdered

all the time, all the time

fates

all the time, all the time

wait for them, they will come home soon

weigh it out

ants as scent

scarecrow has

to go

smart or not

still pure shadows

count it out

return to the nest

i hear branches break

i hear branches

wait for them, they will come home soon

they'll bring the water, they'll bring the what for
Track Name: Virtue
for the good

i waste, i waste

organized

to disolve into space



virtue virtue

aging a child

virtue virtue

aging a child



transmit, transmit

package of grace

transmit, transmist

package of grace



opposition and

i change, i change

a fight between all

the best intentions



virtue

aging a child

virtue

aging a child



transmit, transmit

package of grace

transmit, transmist

package of grace



one side takes all the reigns

one side takes all the reigns



there’s no need to explain yourself

grow up or behave yourself

there’s no need to explain yourself


grow up or behave yourself