We first dicovered JPNSGRLS in a bar in Tokyo. Okay, that was a bad joke. We actually found out about them via a Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist and were instantly all about it. While they’ve since released some solid new music in the form of their new album, Divorce, we’re still jamming out to Circulation six months after finding it. What makes it so damn good, you ask? Well, a lot of it stems from the fact that a lot of their songs have a message that it seems like a lot of Generation Y people can relate to, and that goes without even talking about how catchy their songs are in the first place. Exhibit A: “Smalls.”

Obviously anyone who loves the Sandlot will have love for that song. What we like most is the fact that they’re able to so effortlessly mesh those wailing guitars and drums in with a vocalist who’s clearly able to create a unique vibe in their songs with his extensive range and versatility. While “Smalls” is a great song, we’re still stuck on just how real the song “Southern Comforting” is. The lyrics stick out in particular: “The liquor habit fills the liquor cabinet, but we still blame our folks.” There are just so many insights on learning to adult in a complex world, and we dig that. Take the time to go back through their discography. We’re sure you’ll find some new favorites in the process.

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…