Jan 30, 2023
Today on Too Opinionated, we sit down with Madstone Rowan AKA Tripping Jupiter to talk about their new hit single, Torn America!
The song’s compelling message and music video edits together footage from the past 2 years of protests across the country, channelling the rage and frustration of that moment of upheaval into an uplifting celebration of love and solidarity across different political movements. From Black Lives Matter, to LGBTQ+ rights, to the growing climate crisis. But unlike other “protest songs” - which often can come with a ham-fisted sense of self-importance or condescension - “Torn America” was created with a goal to “not be preachy or tell anyone what to think or to believe”; instead using the song and video to describe what so many of us are experiencing and rally that collective frustration into purposeful action.
The face of Tripping Jupiter is that of Madstone Rowan (he/they/them), a vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter based in New York City who is seamlessly two parts groove, one part empowerment, plus just a spritz of glitter. With a style that blends classic glam rock and pop with modern production, the music of Tripping Jupiter is both timely and timeless. Madstone embraces the identity and expression behind the look, the sound and the social voice of the band - a transcendent view of art and of music created and presented without societal restrictions or self-imposed limits. The result is barrier-free freedom presented within the sonics and visuals of modern rock and retro-pop sensibilities. Madstone, who describes personal identity as “beyond the binary,” explains: “for us, music and life should have no limits.”
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