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Seattle's Striking Back has teamed up with a powerhouse of production and is taking the music industry by storm.
With the soft release of "The Restless EP" in 2011 (recorded with legendary producer Jim Wirt--who broke Jack's Mannequin, Incubus, and Hoobastank), lead-singer Jordan Thompson celebrated a culmination of 10 years experience as a singer/songwriter, and presented his long-awaited solo debut under the name 'Striking Back.'
Now Thompson has teamed up with some of Seattle's best rappers, Hyphen8d and Parker Joe--not to mention two top-notch band member additions in Jeff Lund (piano) and Tacket Brown (drums)--and "The Heartbreaker EP" has been created. The release date of this much-anticipated collaboration is still undetermined, but the single "Heartbreaker" is now available for free download.
After touring and writing music for a decade, Jordan has learned exactly what makes him tick--"There's no better feeling than putting your heart out on your sleeve in front of thousands of people and having them connect with you"--and he's not going to stop there.
Taking early inspiration from greats like Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, and Nirvana, Jordan had his first break opening for Something Corporate in 2005 with his band Fighting For Nothing. "That was the first time I realized that I could really do it, when I met Andrew McMahon and hung out with those guys," says Jordan. Coincidentally, that was the first time that Jordan heard about legendary producer Jim Wirt--who teamed up with arranger Patrick Warren (Rob Thomas, Kate Voegele, Bruce Springsteen, Avril Lavigne) to produce "The Restless EP."
The collaboration produced extraordinary results. "There is a passion in his voice that is unique and compelling," commented Wirt. "This is something that can only be achieved when your art speaks from your very soul." Songs like "Restless" and "Dark Day Afternoon" express a deep sentimental knowledge about living with the "distractions of our culture and society that prevent us from realizing ourselves."
In the meantime, Jordan and his band wait in Seattle--preparing for a national tour that will further-solidify Striking Back's place in the pop/rock arena.
According to Jordan, "the name represents my striking back at all the things that prevented me from writing the music I wanted, and sharing it with the world."