THE JACKS Performing Hometown Show In L.A. At The Troubadour On Friday, July 26
Los Angeles’ THE JACKS–Jonny Stanback (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tom Hunter (lead guitar, vocals), Scott Stone (bass guitar, vocals), Josh Roossin (drums/percussion)—have released their self-titled debut EP on June 28 on EDGEOUT Records/UMe, the label is spearheaded by veteran music executive Tony Guanci who signed an exclusive global deal for the new label with UMG.
While a full-scale tour is currently in the works, they’re performing a hometown show on Friday, July 26 at the Troubadour.
“We are not a rock band, we are a rock n’ roll band.”
THE JACKS–who grew up in the OC and ultimately formed in LA–stand by that claim, thanks to a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with Southern Rock. To blend those influences seamlessly, the band joined forces with legendary producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5, Blackberry Smoke) and mixer Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Hozier) at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound Recorders.
“Working with Matt Wallace was an incredible experience. He was able to take our vision for our songs and record them exactly how we’ve imagined for the past few years,” adds THE JACKS. “And it was a true honor to work with the legendary Andrew Scheps. We couldn’t be happier with his influence on the upcoming EP. We now have an amazing team with EDGEOUT and UMe, and are so excited for the world to hear our music.”
As Wallace remarks, “THE JACKS deliver up lean, rugged rock & roll with songs that feel like instant classics that make you want to move, with earworm hooks and melodies that will have you kinda upset when you find yourself unintentionally and inappropriately humming their songs at work, in church, in court, or at wakes. If the Strokes, Cage the Elephant, and the Stones had an equally talented, but more handsome baby, it would be named THE JACKS!”
The mix of songs on the EP is fitting since THE JACKS got their name from a fan telling them that they were “jacks of all trades” when it came to playing different styles and blending their songs with those of their idols at their early concerts, and each of these tracks shows off a different side of the ensemble. From the hard-edged rockers to the more melodic numbers, you can hear how the band members have poured their hearts into each of the songs.
And the way they see it, playing rock at a time when pop and hip-hop are dominating the charts is an act of defiance. If any band is poised to help bring authenticity back to rock & roll, it’s THE JACKS. The quartet has been making a steady ascent since forming in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016, selling out gigs at legendary hometown venues like the Troubadour, Roxy and Viper Room, supporting legends like the Doors’ Robby Krieger (who told them personally that he liked their music) and playing big festivals like Aftershock and Louder Than Life. At one gig, they ran into John Fogerty who told them, “It’s cool to see some rock & roll again.”
“We’re trying to push the boundaries of the rock & roll genre by incorporating modern elements, but still keeping the core structure of a four-piece band,” Stanback says. “We are creating a sound you’ve never heard before, but feels familiar.”
Hunter and Stone started jamming together on Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC covers in middle school. They kept it going through their college years at USC (Stone majored in Philosophy, Hunter majored in accounting), and one day when Stone was running sound for an open-mic night, he spotted Stanback (who also graduated from USC with a Master’s Degree in Geology). “He had a natural stage presence and a unique voice,” the bassist says. “His singing could be growly, but also very sultry.” The next day, Stone called up the singer-songwriter and said they were supposed to play a house party at the end of the week and asked if Stanback would play with them. They got together on a Monday and played their first gig that Friday. They eventually recruited Roossin, who’d gone to high school with Hunter and Stone, to join them on drums when their previous stickman left to pursue another career path. The four of them soon discovered that they shared a unique set of influences—the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Who, Oasis, the Black Keys–and began refining their sound. “The day I finished school, I flew home and had my first rehearsal, right off the plane,” Roossin says. “Growing up I had always wanted to play music professionally, but never found the perfect opportunity. After playing with these guys, I knew this was that opportunity.”
On the strength of these early live performances, eventually the band entered a local radio station’s battle-of-the-bands competition in 2017 – and won a recording contract. Instead, they passed and continued to tour and work on their songs. Earlier this year, they were tapped to perform at the NFL pre-Super Bowl and NHL Winter Classic events. For the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, THE JACKS’ music was chosen to be heard during the games’ broadcasts, highlight reels, and commercial bumpers. They kept their love of hockey going into the off season, as they were tapped to perform as the on-stage band at the 2019 NHL Awards, which took place June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
“…a unique sound…catchy hooks and upbeat grooves…There is great promise here and I look forward to future full albums from this tight, talented band.” — Ink19.com
“THE JACKS make straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll for those who think four-piece bands will never go out of style and those who live in the present — i.e., they don’t give a whit if what is bursting through their speakers sounds too uncomfortably like the Stones, the Strokes or even the Black Keys.” — Buzzbands.la
“…amazingly addictive songs…” Record Journal
“…an outstanding effort and showcases their ability to create highly likable, infectious tunes that will get much radio play this summer and beyond.” — Cincymusic.com
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