Idaho musician Jordan Thornquest maps his mindstate with theatrical relish, producing a form of punk-informed power pop that’s both candidly introspective and fearlessly extroverted.
Though his vocal curlicues resemble those of Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, he’s rarely cryptic, singing about his hopes, fears, desires, and hang-ups with a panache that’s just a little bit perverse. Thornquest’s first EP, the five-track Late Bloomer, debuted in December 2017 and explores “themes of self-worth and relationships,” including with his beloved corgi Jess, over beefy power-trio arrangements. Thornquest was born and raised in Twin Falls, a town he threatens to burn on “The Happiest Man in Town;” luckily, he found a less destructive solution to his small-town woes, and he now lives and works in Boise.
In addition to his own music, Thornquest is a member of power-pop band Mains & Monitors, whose Kalani came out in late 2018. He also works with his Mains & Monitors bandmate Eli Stonemets’ solo project Backyard Universe. He has two EPs and an album planned for 2020.