Johnny Tupolev is not your average Joe band. For starters the name aims to connect both worlds—West and East—through a mix of culture and music in one universal language. While “Johnny” symbolizes American rock n’ roll and blues music, “Tupolev” refers to the electronic forms of pop music hailing from European inventors like Kraftwerk and CAN.
The band has premiered their new video for the song “The Joy Of Not Knowing” with us today. Asked about the message they want to convey with the track, they said: “What would you do if you’d know the whole truth?… Nothing. This is what ‘The Joy Of Not Knowing’ is all about. We live in a world where ignorance is bliss. Where lying, cowardice, laziness, and seeing only oneself and not the greater good has become the breeding ground for a very distorted view of reality, one that has given way to the conspiracy theories and half-truths appearing in this video.”
“On the contrary to statements appearing in the clip, we look to shine a light on the destructive conspiracies that have permeated our society, where people are ready to believe anything they hear and turn truth into untruth. We hope this song spurs the conversation for how we can find our way back to a society that honors authenticity in all forms.”
Johnny Tupolev is made up of Tom Berger (vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, programmer), Jens Grebe (bass) and Dietmar “Didi” Noack (drums) who have crossover appeal in both electronica and alternative rock. The origins of the band also provide this distinct characterization — Tom a fan of indie new wave and Jens being a metalhead, the two opted to put their influences together to create a wholly unique sound that has been seen in various music videos like the recently released “Shot In Black & White.”
In addition to the music the trio makes, the band also engages with visual creatives on their team, including Emmy nominated cinematographer/documentarian/music video creator Christoph Vitt and OSCAR® nominated Visual FX Supervisor Frank Petzold.
Johnny Tupolev’s upcoming debut for COP International Records will be released this year, helmed by the lauded John Fryer whose production credits include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Love & Rockets. Fryer also acts as COP International’s A&R agent.
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