A one-time member of the West Coast neo-psychedelic bands the Three O’Clock and Jellyfish, Jason Falkner went out on his own by 1996, playing jagged power pop with impeccable arrangements, a clue to both his classically trained childhood and additional time spent working on the first LP by another classical popster, Eric Matthews. Born in Los Angeles in 1968, Falkner grew up listening to West Coast pop bands like Love and Crosby, Stills & Nash but later began taking piano lessons in preparation for a classical career. Pop music regained control of his life when he discovered his sister’s punk/new wave collection, and Falkner began playing the guitar, later appearing in several bands from his high school. After stints with Three O’Clock and Jellyfish, Falkner worked with Eric Matthews on the 1996 LP It’s Heavy in Here, and finally got what he had been looking for all the time: a solo deal. Through Elektra Records, he released his acclaimed debut Presents Author Unknown, also in 1996. The following year, he played on Matthews’ second album, The Lateness of the Hour, and in early 1999 issued his own sophomore effort, Can You Still Feel? It was followed in 2001 by Necessity: The 4-Track Years, a collection of home recordings, and Bedtime with the Beatles, a covers album featuring instrumental lullabies of Fab Four favorites.
Jason Falkner plays on Filter’s Revenge of the Sunset Strip on September 13th, 2007 with Castledoor and Annie Stela. Tickets are now available – call the Roxy or purchase through Ticketmaster.
Check out this video of Jason Falkner performing “Holiday” live: