J.E. Useless was a rock band based in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was the musification of Julius Ernst and fellow band members Albert Aagaard Hertz, Jens Konrad and Bird Rønbech.
J.E. Useless released a 6 tracked debut album ‘Three Stages of Creative Death‘ on November 30th, 2014. The album received rave reviews on various danish music platforms as well as earning a following from the copenhagen underground.
Leading up to the release they spend a month in London playing shows and recording, before emerging home to Copenhagen in order to release the album.
“Three Stages of Creative death” is released on Mythomania Collection – a creative output created by frontman Julius Ernst and acquaintance Anton Funck both releasing records and creating podcast as well as hosting concert nights, having hosted concerts in both London and in Copenhagen at the underground venue ‘Mayhem’ under the name ‘Nights of Mythomania’
some of J.E Useless derived from the broken-up band Ocean View.
Ocean View went on tour in the US in 2013 which included gigs at iconic venues like ‘The Smell’, in LA, ‘Cake Shop’ and ‘Death By Audio’, in New York – and ‘Chop Suey’, in Seattle. The band made interviews and live performances e.g. at college radios KXLU (LA), WNYU (NYC), KALX (SF), KEXP (Seattle) as well as East Village Radio with Edan Wilber and on Get In The Van at Breakthru Radio with Jezz Harkin. Furthermore Ocean View released two records – the latest being ‘Ocean.Puke.Future‘ from 2013.
Danish article about J.E. Useless from the blog Passive/Aggressive, translated to english:
“Julius Ernst and Anton Funck has previously made themselves known on the Danish music scene through their parts in the defunct Ocean View (RIP), who originally came from the prominent record label Big Oil Company. Fortunately, every end is the beginning of something new, which is also very much the case for Ernst and Funck. In the wake of Ocean view’s end they come together not only on a new project, J.E. Useless, but have also started a new record label named Mythomania Collection. It is thus also here that Ernst and Funck this month is publishing their upcoming debut as J.E. Useless, as part of a creative process, which they this time have complete control over.
While from time to time I might have been of the opinion that Ocean views tracks sounded more like a style exercise in a specific genre, rather than a liberated expression in rock music, this is not the case of the J.E. Useless debut release, Three Stages of Creative Death, which appears both playful and purposeful in its expression. The common thread consists of the devil dystopia being made about the records six tracks, and represents a perfect balance between an alluring twilight and an uplifting melodiousness. It verifiable expression in Ocean views songwriting is in J.E. Useless increasingly been neglected in favor of unlikely digression and a certain spontaneity which takes Three Stages of Creative Death just one step further than the general flow of post-punk rock releases the Danish music scene has produced in recent years.
It is remarkable how Ernst and Funck succeeds to release the essence of music from its rein, as if it were a wild internal chaos; a chaos that despite the music’s formative digress, has a nature of a driver who nevertheless are under full control, but still sparkles clear in both songs guitar figures and either cement-heavy or unruly vocals.
Info: “Three Stages of Creative Death” is mastered by Peter Peter and published d. Nov. 30 via Mythomania Collection in an edition of 250 copies.”