Artist Profile: Jump Into the Gospel

Posted on: April 22nd, 2011 at 10:18 am by

The following post was written by DJ Elhaam, our newest contributor who currently hosts the show Guilty Pleasure on East Village Radio.  Tune in to her weekly show Monday nights at 8 pm.

Head over to Jump Into the Gospel’s Myspace page, and you’ll find a music video featuring the classic Pied Piper cartoon miming along to the band’s first single “Humvee Mansion”; a shimmering indie pop gem that is at once both an anthem of our current music culture and also timeless in that way it’s forever relatable to your 20s.

I can think of no better reference for Jump Into the Gospel’s live shows than that of the Pied Piper. Frontman Louis Epstein, tall and lanky, with floppy hair and hard to miss good looks, is indeed the pied piper, leading all of downtown’s finest to their gigs.

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Relatively new to the Lower East Side music scene, Jump Into the Gospel has quickly garnered attention not only for their highly infectious tunes and energetic live shows, but also for their cult of followers who join them at each gig.  At a Jump Into the Gospel performance, you’ll likely find members of beloved indie rock bands (like Young Love, Cobra Starship, The Drums, Marfa Lights, Holy Ghost), famed and trendy restaurateurs (from The Meatball Shop, Smith & Mills, Employees Only), and people from both the art and fashion worlds too.

Even Twilight dreamboat Robert Pattinson is a fan who was spotted at an early show, bringing the band their first Page Six mention as well as some curious Twilight fans who hoped for another vampire sighting.  The foursome, consisting of frontman Louis Epstein, drummer Chris Stein, guitarist Ben Vescovi, and keyboardist Erik Tonnesen, possesses the industry’s current standard of great looks (guitarist Ben Vescovi moonlights as a model) and also the fans’ standard of a heart and head for making catchy music sound interesting.

Jump Into the Gospel is busy making the rounds, stomping through the Lower East Side with packed shows and selling their first self released EP. Be sure to check them out before music supervisor extraordinaire Alexandra Pastavas discovers them and features one of their songs as a backdrop to a Gossip Girl take down scene between Blair and Serena.

You won’t find singer Louis Epstein playing the pipe or fiddle (or whatever it was the Pied Piper was playing). Instead he’s armed with a guitar and mic, but the result is the same: Jump Into The Gospel book a show and all the cool kids show up to dance and sing along.

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Come see them Monday night at Mercury Lounge and become a believer.

[Photo Credit: Virgin Mobile]

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