Wild Ride

Comprised of childhood friends Evan Friedell (vocals / guitar), Aaron Gorsch (synths) and Packy Lunn (drums), Ithaca-based Jimkata is heavily rooted in 80s culture, from their synth-focused sound, to their name, which offers a playful nod to the so-bad-it’s-good 1985 film Gymkata. If you’re not familiar with that one, just know it involves a gymnast who must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east. Make sure you queue it up for your next movie night.

February brings us the band’s third album, In Motion, which happens to be funded fully by their fanbase. We had the chance to preview it and now have the ultimate pleasure of bringing you a first listen at “Wild Ride.” Calling on associations of both modern acts like St. Lucia and classic acts like Peter Gabriel, this tune builds in an anthemic fashion, boasting an iconic bassline, multiple layers of gorgeous synths, and set of lyrics that will have you singing along in no time.

If you dig this tune, we highly recommend noting the February 12th release on your calendar. While you’re at it, find a show that’s close to you and mark that down too. If it happens to be their Denver show, you can count on seeing us there.

Tour Dates

Feb 19 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Feb 20 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
Feb 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
Feb 26 – Manchester, CT – The Main Pub
Feb 27 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
Mar 01 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
Mar 02 – Greenville, NC – Crossbones Tavern
Mar 03 – Live Oak, FL – Aura Music Festival
Mar 05 – Savannah, GA – Barrelhouse South
Mar 17 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sallys
Mar 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
Mar 19 – Hamden, CT – The Outer Space
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
Mar 25 – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar
Mar 26 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
Apr 01 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
Apr 02 – Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
Apr 07 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Apr 08 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Apr 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Apr 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Apr 14 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
Apr 15 – Kalamazoo, MI – Shakespeare’s
Apr 16 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room
Apr 21 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note
Apr 22 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Apr 23 – Boulder, CO – The Lazy Dog
Apr 27 – Iowa City, IA – Yacht Club
Apr 28 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders
Apr 29 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
Apr 30 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club

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