New music from sister-in-law duo Jocelyn and Chris

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Jocelyn and Chris Arndt seem to be living the rock and roll dream. The sibling duo are trying to put their own spin on the classic rock formula for a new generation, and their success has included appearing on national television and appearing on Billboard.

The two recent Harvard University graduates made the most of their days off to record music and perform on weekends, and perform at high-profile festivals like South by Southwest during school holidays. . Jocelyn sings alongside her guitarist brother Chris.

“I felt a bit like Hannah Montana,” Jocelyn jokes, referring to a Disney Channel heroine who was a normal teenager and also a rock star. “But it worked because (college and festivals) are exactly opposite times.”

From right, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, a sister and brother who perform and record under the name Jocelyn & Chris, try to give the classic rock formula their own spin for a new generation.

Jocelyn and Chris – graduated from college in 2017 and 2018, respectively – have already released seven albums and are currently putting the finishing touches on another to be released early next year. Cape Cod audiences will be able to see what these young artists can do when they perform on Thursday, November 11 as Jocelyn & Chris at the Music Room Gallery & Wine Bar in West Yarmouth.

“You know this could be your real job, right?” “

“It’s always been the two of us,” Jocelyn recalls of starting to write and play music with her brother.

Jocelyn and Chris are based in upstate New York, she says, where they grew up playing at various VFW centers and raising money at rotating clubs “between the bouncy house and the bake sale.” .

They come from a musical family – their mother is known to sing; their dad can play a “serious blues harmonica,” says Chris. Their grandfather and uncles are jazz pianists – so it seemed only natural that the two would also catch the virus.

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“We had our instruments in the living room, so we had to wait for each other to finish practicing to practice,” explains Jocelyn, who was learning to play the piano. “So we started learning the same songs so that we could practice at the same time, which was sweet and fun in the end.”

Jocelyn and Chris were a sibling team from elementary school, traveling around their county and playing wherever they could. Their parents would take them to their concerts in a minibus and help them set up their equipment.

From left to right, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, a sister and brother who form the rock duo Jocelyn & Chris, will perform songs from their unreleased eighth album during a performance on November 11 at the Music Room in West Yarmouth.

“Now they can go to big shows and they don’t have to worry about setting up the equipment anymore,” Jocelyn laughs. “They can just enjoy being in the audience, which was really cool.”

These great shows hardly ever took place, however.

When Jocelyn was in her final year of high school, she and her brother performed at a local fair, a show they expected to be one of the last before she left for college.

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Jocelyn said, “We were like, ‘Okay, this music thing, that was fun but …”

“It’s time to go get a real job,” adds Chris.

In the audience was their future producer, David Bourgeois, whom Jocelyn remembers telling them at the time: “You know this could be your real job, right?”

“Fast forward eight years and we’re coming to see you guys,” she said.

The brotherly connection

Whether it’s Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Duane and Gregg Allman, or many other pairs of siblings who have continued to play music together, there is an undeniable synergy that is unlike any other kind of collaboration between musicians. .

This same magic applies in the case of Jocelyn & Chris – a sister and brother combo, which seems to be less common.

“We really know each other so well,” says Jocelyn. “I feel like we sort of speak the same language in a lot of ways, which makes it easier to be creative together.”

This connection kept the two together – even attending the same college – and allowed them to continue their pursuit of music and create their brand of sizzling classic rock and blues for the 21st century.

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Jocelyn majored in English and Chris majored in computer science before graduating from Harvard a few years ago, but not before getting down to work balancing both hitting the books and hitting the road at the same time. .

“We traveled a lot and did our homework on the Greyhound bus or on the plane on our way to the next gig,” Jocelyn says. “It was a little crazy.”

Jocelyn and Chris played and recorded music continuously during their time at Harvard, releasing an album a year and embarking on national tours when they didn’t need to be in class.

“We’ve been very, very busy, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way,” Chris says. “We were away almost every weekend. “

After graduation, Jocelyn and Chris focused only on writing and performing, and they are already seeing the results of their hard work.

Ride the wave of success with new music

A recent single, “Sugar and Spice”, reached Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay Top 40 chart. They recorded four consecutive commercial radio singles on Billboard’s Triple A charts, as well as two No.1 records on Relix Jam Bands’ 30 Best Albums chart. They have also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show”.

The wave of success has been a whirlwind for the sister and brother, and by talking with them you can hear how much fun they are having.

“A few months ago the music video (for ‘Sugar and Spice’) was put on MTV and we called our entire extended family and we were like, ‘Hey, we’re on MTV now,’” says Chris. “Everyone was really encouraging and awesome. It’s really exciting. “

“It was awesome,” Jocelyn said when asked what her family thought of her success. “It has been weird in the best possible way. I think they are really proud.

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Like “Sugar and Spice”, Jocelyn and Chris’ latest single, “Skeleton Key”, is a track that will be featured on their upcoming album “Favorite Ghosts”, produced by longtime collaborator Bourgeois and the six-time award winner. Grammy Award Joel Moss. They plan to release the album in early 2022 after a one-and-a-half-year delay due to the pandemic. Most of the album is already recorded, mixed and mastered, and both are in the “finishing touches” stage, Jocelyn explains, “which may take little or all of the time.”

The long delay was uncharted territory for these two musicians accustomed to constantly working, whether in school or in music. To say they seem eager to go would be an understatement. Jocelyn notes that she thinks it will be worth the wait, although the anticipation has been hard to deal with.

“We have all this new music that we were able to listen to and live with for a lot longer than we expected,” she says. “I’m ready to let go of all this music: ‘There you go, the album is real!'”

If you are going to

What: Jocelyne & Chris

When: 8 p.m. Thursday 11 November

Or: The Music Room Gallery & Wine Bar, 541 Main Street, West Yarmouth

Tickets: $ 55, $ 45, $ 30 and $ 20

Reservations and information:musicroomcapecodtickets.com


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