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The story of JOLLY starts with four guys growing up in New York City. They attended public school, shared an affinityfor90srock,and were all big fansof The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

On an average temperature day in November 2006, all four guys separately decided to start looking to formtheiridealband.One Craigslist reply, onehigh school reunion, and one awkward conversation later, JOLLY’s current lineup,Anadale,JoeReilly,Anthony Rondinone, and Louis Abramson, wasestablished. They began writing and recording songs, andpostingtheirmaterialon Myspace. A label owner in Switzerl ...read more

The story of JOLLY starts with four guys growing up in New York City. They attended public school, shared an affinityfor90srock,and were all big fansof The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

On an average temperature day in November 2006, all four guys separately decided to start looking to formtheiridealband.One Craigslist reply, onehigh school reunion, and one awkward conversation later, JOLLY’s current lineup,Anadale,JoeReilly,Anthony Rondinone, and Louis Abramson, wasestablished. They began writing and recording songs, andpostingtheirmaterialon Myspace. A label owner in Switzerland heard JOLLY and offered thema record deal, and suddenly theband’splanstorecord an EP transformed into recording a full-length album.

In July 2009, JOLLY released their debut album, Forty-Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music,underGalileo/ProgRockRecords.JOLLY created a smallbuzz, and some even said it was one of their favorite albums of the year.Thealbum containedbinauraltones, which when heard alone have a low “woo-woo-woo-woo,” sound, but scientific researchshowsthat theyactually canenrich feelings of relaxation, focus, creativity, and happiness.

In April 2010, JOLLY flew over an erupting volcano to get to Europe to play a small tour with RiversideandPureReasonRevolution. The airplane foodwas salty and the flight was long, but again, JOLLY created a buzz, which ledtoarecord dealwith InsideOut Music/Century Media Records.

In March 2011, JOLLY released The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 1), the first of a two-part series thatisscientificallydesignedto bring a listener to astate of true happiness. The band collaborated with a professor and a fewgradstudents ata nearbyuniversity, who conducted studies on over 5,000subjects to perfect the usage of binaural tonestooptimize theJOLLY listeningexperience. It was the peak of the band’s pretentiousness, but also a veryrewardingundertaking.

After releasing part one of The Audio Guide, which received critical acclaim and was deemed by many one of thetopalbumsofthe year, JOLLY touredthe US and Europe. Again, the airplane food was salty and the flight was long, butthebandwatchedreruns of Friends to pass the time. Shortly afterreturning from tour, Mike Portnoy asked JOLLY to open forhisbandFlyingColors at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. He even said: “I am a big fan ofthe last two Jolly albumsandhandpickedthem toopen the Flying Colors show in NYC..

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck JOLLY hard, destroying Louis’ home, which also functioned as theband’spracticespaceand recording studio.All of Louis’ possessions and a lot of the band’s equipment were ruined. Needless tosay,themembers ofJOLLY were devastated, but they tried toremain positive. The timing couldn't have been worse; the bandwasinthe midst offinalizing The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2), but had to breakaway from the album to throwoutLouis’belongings andcompletely gut his home. In need of new equipment, JOLLY started a fundraisingcampaign,andtheirincredible fans camethrough in a big way to help the band rebuild after this major disaster.

The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2) is now here, and is a standing symbol of JOLLY’s recovery from the storm. Plus,allofthepeople left hangingfrom Audio Guide 1 can finally complete their journey towards happiness. Don’t be surprisedifcrimeratesplunge in 2013.

Influences:Tears For Fears, Tool, Radiohead, Type O Negative, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd, Muse, Meshuggah, cartoon themes « hide

Similar Bands: Nirvana, Twelve Foot Ninja, Tool, The Third Ending, Thumpermonkey

The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 2)
03/06/2013

3.9
26 Votes
The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)
2011

3.7
29 Votes
Forty-six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music
2009

4
10 Votes

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