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AJR

AJR

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Biography

Fast Facts About AJR

AJR consists of three brothers – Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met, who named the band after their first initials. The band has currently released four albums – Living Room, The Click, Neotheather, and OK Orchestra, each of which has gained significant commercial success. The three siblings first began recording and releasing music together when they were living in an apartment in New York City in the 2000s. 

  • The Met siblings shortened their full last name, Metzger, for the sake of catchier nicknames for themselves.
  • The siblings started performing together in the early 2000s, busking on the streets of New York City and in Central Park. 
  • The Met siblings all grew up with their parents, Gary and Laurie, in Queens and Manhattan, New York. Their mother and father are both architects. 
  • All three Mets have academic backgrounds, with Adam currently on the path to get his Ph.D. from The University of Birmingham and Jack and Ryan studying at Columbia University.
  • While Adam has since moved out, Ryan and Jack still live together with their dog, Shay.
  • Each of the Met brothers is 6’ 1” tall, a height that inspired the title of the song “6foot1.” 
  • As of 2021, the band’s collective net worth is an estimated $2.76 million.
instruments played
drums
Guitar
keyboard
percussion
sampler
ukulele
vocal
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AJR: The Music

  • AJR has collaborated with numerous artists, including Steve Aoki, Lil Yachty, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.
  • In 2013, they released their debut single, “I’m Ready,” which gets its name from the catchphrase of Spongebob Squarepants and also features a sample of the beloved animated character. 
  • After the release of I’m Ready, the band signed to Warner Music Group and released a debut EP of the same name. The band sold thousands of copies of “I’m Ready” throughout 2013, gaining further traction thanks to Myspace, Billboard, and the New York Post, who featured the siblings’ music that year.
  • AJR’s music has been described as a blend of pop, electronic, dubstep, and doo-wop, with the siblings often adding a theatrical touch to their compositions. 
  • The band has embarked on numerous tours, starting with the I’m Ready Tour in 2014. Since then, the siblings put on The Infinity Tour (2014), the What Everyone’s Thinking Tour (2017), The Click Tour (2018), The Neotheater World Tour (2020), and several virtual performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • During the 2020 quarantine period, AJR put on an event called “A Night In Your Car with AJR,” a drive-in concert in Philadelphia, PA. The concert, for which fans sat in their cars and listened as the band performed, sold out within just two days.

Living Room: AJR’s Debut Album 

In 2015, AJR released Living Room, their debut studio album, via Warner Bros. Records. The siblings recorded all of the songs on the record at their apartment in Manhattan. The album’s credits attribute all of the production, songwriting, and even mixing to the Met Siblings, with the only aspect of the album’s creation that was outsourced being mastering. The album was mastered by Chris Gehringer, a renowned engineer who had previously worked with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. Living Room features the singles “I’m Ready,” “Woody Allen,” “Infinity,” and “Thirsty.” 

The Click: The Follow-Up Record 

In 2017, the Met siblings followed up Living Room and their EP, What Everyone’s Thinking, with The Click. Their sophomore record, The Click, was produced and recorded by the Mets, who once again recorded all of the songs in their Manhattan apartment. Singles on the album included “Weak” and “Sober Up,” the latter of which was co-written by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, who is also featured on the track. After its release, The Click became the band’s first release to hit the US Billboard 200 albums chart. The album was certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and it has currently amassed over 600 million streams across all streaming platforms. For The Click, the Mets brought in additional instrumentalists and producers to assist with several tracks. Acclaimed engineer Tony Maserati mixed one of the songs on the album, and Chris Gehringer returned as mastering engineer. Additional instrumentalists included Alicia Svingals, Jake Kenowitz, Samia Finnerty, and Alba Avoricani.

Neotheater and Ok Orchestra 

The siblings’ third studio album, Neotheater, has been described by the Mets as a coming of age story. On the record, the siblings touch on themes of mental health, growing up, and trying to be good men in the music industry. The album hit No. 8 on the Billboard 200, the highest position that the siblings had reached to date.  In March 2021, AJR released their fourth full-length album, Ok Orchestra, which features the singles “Bang,” “Bummerland,” and “Way Less Sad.” The record drew comparisons to They Might Be Giants, another group known for their clever lyricism and tongue-in-cheek personas.   Sources: "The Click - AJR | AllMusic Neotheater - AJR | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic Next article AJR Hits Its Stride on New Album 'OK ORCHESTRA' | American Songwriter

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