If You Wanna Swim with the Sharks[CD]
Singer/songwriter/artist/co-creator of Tender Loving Empire/bell-hop, spent his early years in the mountains of Colorado. A love for music and the arts lured him to the smoggy underbelly of Los Angeles for college, where he earned two bachelor degrees and a wife-Brianne. After a year and a half of wandering the globe, he and Brianne have decided to call Portland, Oregon "home." Jared also enjoys the sunshine, a good conversation and cheap beer. Like Elvis Costello if he had grown up an American Stoner... If you wanna swim with the sharks... is f***ing fantastic. Okkervil River and Kind of Like Spitting come to mind, but Swim With the Sharks is a hell of a lot more fun, what with all it's bouncy rhythm and doubled vocals, it's quick quips and tender touches.' -Willamette Week 'A distinctly Portland blend of lo-fi and high quality - pervades his new album, "If You Wanna Swim With the Sharks ..."... These are songs for the morning after and the night before' The Portland Tribune 'Packed full of irresistible melodies and clever turns of phrase...between the varied instrumentation and deliberate dashes of harmony Mees displays an impressive talent with composition and signs of greatness to come" -harmoniummusic.com If You Wanna Swim With the Sharks... is full of songs mixing highly palatable pop-punk and sincere and rambling indie-folk, with a wide-eyed exuberance... -Indiefolkforever.blogspot.com.
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