The explosive, impulsive, and intense vocals of Jace Miller.
The MELODIC CREATIVITY of Jamie Victor’s bass and harmonies.
The STEADY AND incendiary drumming of Chris Pires.
THIS IS ALRIGHT JUNIOR — an electric mixture of rock, with passionately haunting lyrics, infectious songwriting and stunning energy. Touring aggressively since 2006, the band has shared the stage with several of the biggest names in music and performed on some of the biggest stages, locally and nationally.
Alright Junior has shared the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Survive, Local H, Toadies, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Maps & Atlases, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young the Giant, The Ataris, Everclear, Wheatus, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands, and more.
The band formed in 2006 in Philadelphia, PA. Their debut album, Eudaemonic, was recorded with Kevin Wesley Williams and mastered by UE Nastasi (Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Panic! At the Disco) and distributed by ADA Warner Music Group. Songs from the record (Up In Flames, Mouths of a Herd, and Sinner of the State) received immediate radio airplay locally and beyond. Alright Junior’s debut record was put on regular rotation by a station in Milan, Italy, and was being pushed through certain areas in Europe and the UK. By 2008, AJ had already found themselves sharing the stage with Sponge, Matt Mays & El Torpedo, Joe Coffee (Rev. Paul Bearer of Sheer Terror), and McRad.
In 2009, the group began working on their sophomore recording, a five-song EP titled Our Temporary Everything, at Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios (Rage Against The Machine, INXS, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Lifetime) in Jersey City, NJ. Recording sessions were spearheaded by mastermind Tim “Rumblefish” Gilles. Alan Douches from West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alkaline Trio, Ben Folds Five, Hot Water Music) applied his mastering expertise. Their singles Fish vs. Ambulance and Minds Built Like Rome achieved regular radio airplay, and garnered attention from a larger audience, as the band was also featured in TV appearances on ABC and NBC.
Scratching at the Ceiling, the third recording by Alright Junior, was recorded and released in 2011, again at the hands of Big Blue Meenie Recording Studios and West West Side Music. Upon the EP’s release, the track Burn received special attention from Radio 104.5FM WRFF; the station played the song on the radio and the band played it live on-the-air during their second "Live at Five" appearance. 2011 proved a big year for AJ opening for bands such as Young the Giant, Circa Survive, Maps & Atlases, Sleeper Agent, Violent Soho, and Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri, ex-Queens of the Stone Age).
In March 2012, the band went into Studio 4 (John Lennon, Nine Inch Nails, Urge Overkill, Circa Survive) in Philadelphia, PA, and recorded a new single, How You’ve Changed Me, with good friend Steven LaFashia. UE Nastasi mastered the song at Sterling Sound in NYC. The song was released at the beginning of May 2012. Soon after, AJ shared the stage with Romans (ex-Head Automatica, We Are The Fury, Jaguar Love), Gabriel the Marine, and NGHBRS. On May 13, 2012, Alright Junior opened for Incubus, Cake, Angels & Airwaves, Civil Twilight, and Flogging Molly at Radio 104.5’s Fifth Birthday Party. In June 2012, the band was asked to share the stage with Empires, The Lighthouse and The Whaler, and Team Spirit (ex-Passion Pit). By August 2012, Alright Junior opened for Canada’s darlings, Our Lady Peace, and then for 10 Years and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus by October 2012. To end the year, AJ was asked to open for the almighty Chicago duo, Local H, in December 2012.
Spring 2014 saw the release of the full-length album, Amusia. Engineered and produced by Bogdan Hernik, a seasoned veteran who has supported and championed Alright Junior for years. The album was mastered in NYC by Fred Kevorkian (Sonic Youth, Bad Religion, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, The Walkmen). The first single, Ancestors Laugh In Heaven, received air play on Radio 104.5FM. In early April 2014, the band was asked to play a special birthday show for WRFF Assistant Program Director, Wendy Rollins, alongside great Philly area acts, including Fred Mascherino (ex-Taking Back Sunday, Terrible Things, The Color Fred, Breaking Pangaea). In April 2014, Philadelphia voted Alright Junior into the Final Four (out of 400 bands) for the opportunity to open for Cage The Elephant, Foster The People, Third Eye Blind, Bastille, KONGOS, Foals, and St. Lucia, for Radio 104.5’s Seventh Birthday Show. On June 7, 2014, Alright Junior was invited to play the Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party with The Head and the Heart, Bear Hands, and KONGOS. Amusia gained more airplay during the summer months, and AJ was asked to share the stage with The Ataris for the band's big anniversary show in August 2014. Alright Junior joined NYC’s Dreamshow in Philly right before the holidays, December 2014.
In February 2015, Alright Junior took the stage with Local H for a third time, and showcased some of their new songs from their upcoming EP, Inhibition, to a packed house. By Summer 2015, AJ was playing the main stage at the South Street Spring Festival in Philadelphia, where 60,000 people attended. In mid-June 2015, AJ was asked to play the i99 Radio Birthday Bash with Brick + Mortar. Alright Junior joined groups including Rusted Root and the Nick Perri Band at the Hollystock Music Festival for a second year in a row in August 2015.
In October 2015, Alright Junior:
• shared the stage with Mondo Generator (Nick Oliveri, ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, The Dwarves) and Peter Pan Speedrock
• showcased at CMJ 2015 in Brooklyn
•opened for the Toadies
•performed live on-air for a Radio 104.5 New Music Discovery Show
In 2016, Alright Junior played a handful of shows with Flyermile (members of Circa Survive, ex-A Life Once Lost), and were a featured act at several festivals. Alright Junior was asked to join Radio 104.5 WRFF for the band’s fourth "Live at Five" on-air session and interview in May 2016, and performed their newest single from Inhibition called Over You Over Me. By July 2016, Alright Junior supported The Unlikely Candidates and Holy White Hounds. In August 2016, the band played with Grandpa vs. Prowler (featuring actors Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Michael Pena, and members of Kill Hannah, Filter, and Kings of Leon). In September 2016, Alright Junior played the first leg of the Inhibition Tour through the East Coast and Northern U.S.
In 2017, the band released a stop-motion animation video for Hold On To My Breath Again, directed by Tony Forgey. The video was a finalist in the Paris International Music Video Underground for “Best Animated Music Video”. The beginning of March 2017 saw Alright Junior sharing the stage with West Coast natives, Everclear. AJ was then asked to do an in-studio video session for WXPN that was released as a live video. 93.3FM WMMR played songs from Inhibition that same month. Then AJ were asked to play their fifth "Live at Five" in-studio session at Radio 104.5FM, and took the opportunity to perform new material, live-on-the-air.
In March of 2018, as the band was coming back from the first tour of the new year, 93.3FM WMMR announced AJ as “Jaxon’s Artist of the Month”. Not Your Mother's Music Festival featured Alright Junior as an opening act for Drake Bell and Scarlet Sails (members of The Dresden Dolls). Alright Junior was selected as one of the Top 25 Local Artists in Philadelphia by Radio 104.5FM. Alright Junior opened for Wheatus on September 7, 2018, and then for She Wants Revenge on October 27th. The stop-motion animation video for Hold On To My Breath Again is an official selection under the Music Video category for CutOut Fest 2018, Mexico’s “largest celebration of animation and digital art”.