Indie synth-rock band Jimkata unveils tour mini-documentary Many Miles: A Short Jimkata Film

Article Contributed by JSloane Creative | Published on Thursday, April 27, 2023

New York-bred synth-rock band Jimkata has been pairing playful, buoyant melodies with weighty, emotive lyrics since its members - three lifelong friends - formed the project in 2005. The group notched nationwide festival performances and released a series of critically-acclaimed studio albums before taking a hiatus in 2017.

Four years later, the three-piece remerged with their galvanizing 2021 album, Bonfires. The 10-track LP, which began its recording process during the summer of 2020, found the evolved trio stretching their boundaries with bold, intoxicating arrangements fueled by swirling synthesizers and anthemic hooks.

The Bonfires release was followed up by a reunion tour, with stops in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, San Diego, and Boulder, and at festivals such as Gem & Jam Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival.  With a sense of rejuvenation coursing through the air, Jimkata fans were treated to an uplifting and liberatory live show as the band celebrated the success of their new album and the unbounded joy of a comeback tour.

Now, the band unveils Many Miles: A Short Jimkata Film - mini-doc that chronicles the entire Bonfires journey. What started as a travel-log of Jimkata’s 2022 West Coast tour turned into a broader story about their return from a four year hiatus and the making of Bonfires. Filmmaker Dylan Avery (who came onto the scene in 2021 with his film Asteroid) traveled along with the band for their first time in California, capturing the ins and outs of touring in a world still climbing out of the pandemic.

Full of never-before-seen footage, interviews, and backstage antics, Many Miles is a short introspective about the band's experiences during this time.

Following an in-person premiere in their home hometown of Ithaca last Saturday, the short film just released via YouTube. Watch it here.

Many Miles releases ahead of a 10-stop Jimkata tour, which will see the group play in cities such as Denver, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, as well as at festivals like GrassRoot and Whirlybird.

Jimkata tour dates

4/27/23: Club Metronome - Burlington, VT

4/28/23: Putnam Place - Saratoga Springs, NY

4/29/23: The Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY

5/4/23: The Winchester - Cleveland, OH

5/5/23: Buffalo Iron Works - Buffalo, NY

5/6/23: Thunderbird - Pittsburgh, PA

6/3/23: Ophelia’s - Denver, CO

7/20/23 - 7/23/23: GrassRoost Festival - Trumansburg, NY

7/22/23: Whirlybird Music Festival - Jamestown, NY

9/16/23: Foothills Performing Arts Center - Oneonta, NY