Euphone

[ 1994 - Present ]

Ryan Rapsys
Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Steel Drum, Timpani Drums, Simmons Drum Pads, Marimba, Guitars, Keyboards, Melodica, Yamaha SU-10 Sampler, DR-5 Drum Machine, Glockenspiel, Pots & Pans, Samples, Bass, Sleigh Bells, Synthesizers, Handclaps, Clavinet, Piano

Nick Macri
Bass, Bass IV, Guitars, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Wineglasses, Handclaps

Jeremy Jacobsen
Lead Guitar, Organ, Vibes, Farfisa, Piano (JT1054)

The Story
Put yourself in a smoky Chicago nightclub in 1997.
The local scene is an eclectic batch of multitalented instrumentalists banding together as incestuous collectives and far-reaching genre-expanding megabands. And then you notice Ryan Rapsys, alone, stepping onstage with only a drum set, a vintage keyboard, and a simple sequencer. With two hands and two feet, he manages to accomplish what some bands can't do with a six-person lineup. You're not the only person stunned. Rapsys, a former member of local post-punk heroes Gauge, conceived the Euphone alter-ego as far back as 1994, when his love for dub, jazz, tropicalia, and other rhythm-centric musical ventures began to eclipse his interest in homespun punk rock.
By 1996, Rapsys signed on to John Hughes, Jr.'s Hefty label, where he issued Euphone's self-titled debut album, honed his deftly refreshing live act, and then released the critically acclaimed Breaking Parole EP in 1998 - all the while playing in Sub Pop's Heroic Doses and occasionally sitting in for Chicago staples like Five Style and Joan Of Arc. Later that year, Rapsys recruited his Heroic Doses band mate and bassist Nick Macri into the fold and went in to record the first in a pair of lush and genre-symbiotic albums for Jade Tree.
Their latest record, Hashin' It Out, is the first to include Lonesome Organist and fellow one-man-band member Jeremy Jacobsen on guitar, continuing to reassess and expand upon the themes that Rapsys first began, erm, hashin' out in 1994. Their latest record, Hashin' It Out, is the first to include Lonesome Organist and fellow one-man-band member Jeremy Jacobsen on guitar, continuing to reassess and expand upon the themes that Rapsys first began, erm, hashin' out in 1994.

Related Artists
Joan of Arc


Discography
JT1075

JT1075
CD Sampler
April 16, 2002

JT1054

JT1054
LP | CD |
October 2000

JT1041

JT1041
LP | CD
April 1999

Related Releases
JT1081

JT1081
LP | CD
February 04, 2003

JT1057

JT1057
CD EP
May 15, 2001

JT1053

JT1053
LP | CD
September 2000

JT1042

JT1042
DBL LP | CD
May 1999

JT1037

JT1037
LP | CD
May 1998

JT1033

JT1033
CD | LP
June 1997

JT1028

JT1028
7 Inch
October 1996

Multimedia
JT1054

Press On [2.74 MB]

There is no video available for this release.

JT1041

Broken Gourd [5.79 MB]

There is no video available for this release.

Contact Info

Band
Euphone
PO BOX 25441
Chicago, IL 60625
euphone@jadetree.com

Publicity
There is no publicity information available for this artist

Booking
Flower Booking
Tim Edwards
773-289-3400
tim@flowerbooking.com
http://www.flowerbooking.com

Radio
Jade Tree Radio
radio@jadetree.com


Photos