Jakob McWhinney: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards, Vocals

Genre: Pop, Rock

RIYL: Space Heat, Spooky Cigarette, the Soaks, Trips, Kooties

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2017

Background:

New Me was founded in late 2017 by Jakob McWhinney (Space Heat, Trips), son of pop-reggae star Quino McWhinney from Big Mountain. Jakob and singer Frank Mindingall created Field Trip, a collective of local musicians that stages live shows to raise money for causes. “We raised $2000 for the American Suicide Prevention and $900 for an LGBT youth center in Hillcrest,” he told the Reader.

Field Trip has also been a side project incubator that has spun off a number of bands like the “weirdo new wave” Spooky Cigarette, the poppy Space Heat, the punkish Soaks, the post-punk Trips, and the garagy Kooties, as well as New Me.

“My whole life as a songwriter I had my tail tucked away from pop songs,” McWhinney says. “New Me allows me to fully embrace the pop and big fat hooks.”

A new 7-inch dropped in summer 2018 via local label Bleeding Gold, "Something Green" b​/​w "Any God."

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