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The Juliana Theory

The five guys who have chosen the somewhat mysterious moniker of the Juliana Theory to represent their band have successfully transformed themselves from punk and hardcore kids restricted by the constraints of the emo genre into genuine, credible musicians. Their songs display dynamics, skill, and attention to melodious detail that defies their youthful, upbeat, and often lyrical optimistic personas.

The Juliana Theory formed in western Pennsylvania in 1997 around vocalist Brett Detar, bassist Chad Alan, guitarist Josh Fiedler, and two other friends. It was primarily a side project for Detar at first due to his commitment as guitarist and major songwriter for metalcore band Zao. Eventually, Detar's poppy side won over, and he decided to commit to the Juliana Theory full-time, amicably exiting Zao.

A split EP with the band Dawson High on Arise Records marked the band's recorded debut. Their live shows were electric, filled with smiling tongue-in-cheek, bubblegum pop moves -- including the guitarists' penchant for tossing their picks in the air and catching them. Drummer Neil Hebrank and guitarist Josh Kosker were also aboard as the Juliana Theory signed a multi-album deal with Seattle-based Tooth & Nail. Their debut full-length, Understand This Is a Dream, was released on March 23, 1999. It was full of dreamy, whimsical pop songs, but also hinted at a greater depth that would later be more fully explored.

But first, massive touring in the album's support was on the plate, with the Juliana Theory sharing stages with many bands and performing at several national festivals. The band reentered the studio in 2000, first unleashing a three-way split CD with Onelinedrawing and the Gray AM through Onedaysaviour, and next producing the accomplished, heavily polished, and dynamic Emotion Is Dead album. The Juliana Theory's sophomore opus explored darker depths than their previous outings had touched upon, conjuring emotive power ballads and soaring rock scorchers through textured layering and incredible harmonies.

Detar began playing third guitar more and more in the live setting as the band's fan base increased dramatically. Growing increasingly weary of the emo tag and fed up with their bubblegum emo image and sound, the Juliana Theory began growing longer hair and writing substantially more focused compositions. Virtually every major label under the sun became interested in the group and in 2001, the Juliana Theory signed a recording contract with Epic/Sony. A few dates on the 2001 Warped Tour followed. On October 23 of the same year, the Juliana Theory released six new songs as the Music from Another Room EP on Tooth & Nail. The songs charted new territory for the quintet, evoking the epic dynamics of late-'70s prog rockers like Rush, Yes, and Genesis. A round of performing with the similarly minded Movielife and Detar's old mates in Zao followed.

The following full-length album, Love, continued this move away from genre conventions. It showed the band jumping into a more mainstream approach without sacrificing its intensity or experimental flourishes. It was also released on Epic, making it the official first major-label release from the band. Epic didn't work out for the Juliana Theory, however, and the band issued a live album through Tooth & Nail before signing with indie imprint Abacus for September 2005's Deadbeat Sweetheartbeat. A best-of collection from their years on Tooth and Nail, A Small Noise, appeared in February 2006. That same month, the group formally announced their decision to break-up. ~ Ryan J. Downey, Rovi
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Pittsburgh, represent!! I forgot about these awesome guys!
Im an old dude and i was turned on to these guys in the early 2000s. They are amazing! I had the privilege to see the last Deadbeat Sweetheart tour. I continue to listen to them all the time but that being said, I dont care for Bretts new stuff
Really miss this band! Them and Zao are from around my area and it's a shame to see them both split up :(
This song makes me think of high school. Good times!!!!
Found these guys a few days ago and said to my mom, "Look, they named their band after me!" So of course I had to look them up on Pandora. :-)
Just heard them... They should try a few private jam sessions and see if anything sparks.
joshuajamesh i l l
If you like this band, Check out Ellison radio
lindseymgeor g e
MISS!!!!!
Love changed my life in high school. Truly one of the best bands of the early millennium. Really a shame they split up.
Missing what is, in my opinion, their best album, and the album that introduced me to both them and a lot of alternative Christian music: Emotion Is Dead.
jess_hales
I miss them so much.
Kosker wasn't the second guitarist on Understand This is a Dream...
Going to see them August 28th!! Are you jealous?
i remember when duane joseph, curtail call from daybreak ends, Break The Silence from So They Say, and Dancing With My Confusion from Ambry would appear constantly on my i brought you my bullets you brought me your love station...no t anymore...
Such a shame that they broke up.

Thanks to the bio, I now know why they played with Zao. I love both bands, but I found it an odd combination until I learned the back story.
nope. sure dont.
hippl5
They suck.
I miss Juliana Theory. In college, I went to see them every time they showed up in SLC or Boise. In the process, I discovered one of my favorite bands when they were still tiny (Coheed and Cambria, who opened for them in summer 2001) and other goodies (Something Corporate). Even when The Juliana Theory played a tiny little unheated hole in the wall (See Kilby Court in SLC, a glorified shed near the train tracks), the band still rocked and put on a truly captivating live show. Good times.
No other band is in TJT's league and that's a fact....
jesseniav
"I'll sing to you softly till you drift asleep"-I love you to death. This song goes through my head 24/7
Where is "Emotion is Dead"??? Many would consider that one of their best albums. I have played songs by TJT to my friends, I played songs from every album. The band is so dynamic that my friends could not tell it was the same band. Great variety and talent. I truely miss this band.
It's been 3 years since their last original CD and I still can't get these guys out of my head. Great band.
the singer reminds me of coheed and cambria at times, I love it!
good band. i really like the song Duane joseph. it's so true about how people grow apart. sad. but true.

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