Jonny Stanback (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) Tom Hunter (lead guitar/vocals) Scott Stone (bass guitar/vocals) Josh Roossin (drums/percussion)
When it comes to playing rock & roll with a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with Southern Rock, The Jacks simply don't have a choice. "It's what we listen to, it's what we play," bassist Scott Stone says, "and when you stick four guys like us in a garage with instruments, it's just the kind of music we are going to make."
“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 that feels familiar, but is completely ours.”
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, and playing big festivals like Aftershock and Sonic Temple.
The Jacks got their name from a fan telling them early on that they were "jacks of all trades" when it came to playing different styles and blending their songs with those of their idols. They often performed four-hour shows covering songs from almost every era to make money to pay for their early recordings. Each of their 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.
After relentless gigging and self-releasing singles, the band entered a local radio station’s battle-of-the-bands competition in 2017 – and won a recording contract. They passed on the offer and continued to tour and work on their songs waiting for the right opportunity. They found that opportunity when EDGEOUT Records signed them and put them in the studio with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More). The group released their debut self-titled EP with EDGEOUT / UME after working with Wallace at Los Angeles' famed Sunset Sound Recorders.
As Wallace declares, “The Jacks deliver 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!”
While their self-titled debut EP and first single, “Walk Away,” racked up almost three million streams and the release of a reimagined version of the holiday classic, “In The Bleak Midwinter,” cleared almost a million streams, the band spent much of the past year on the road touring including a West Coast run with The Shelters, and a nationwide tour supporting “American Idol” finalist Wade Cota. They also performed at the NFL pre-Super Bowl and NHL Winter Classic events, and “Walk Away” was chosen to be heard during the 2019 Stanley Cup playoff games’ broadcasts, highlight reels, and commercial bumpers.In spite of their rigorous touring The Jacks somehow made time to spend time in the studio creating new music.
For The Jacks’ second EP REMEMBER YOU, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Raconteurs, Weezer, Frank Zappa) was at the helm. The band once again delivers original songs infused with their passion for guitar-driven, groove-propulsive rock ‘n’ roll that is sung with sassy grit (“Threw It All Away”), heartfelt angst (“We Were Only Young”) and emotion (“Olivia”), or soaring anticipation (“The Only One”).
“The Jacks has managed to learn from the classics, but bring their own unique and modern aesthetic to the music,” declares Joe Chiccarelli.
In The Jacks’ own words:
“Threw It All Away”:
This song took us many tries to get just right. Instrumentally, it’s so much fun to play. We took a lot of time working on each part to make them exciting and unique. It’s the kind of song that makes you grip onto your seat and enjoy the ride. It’s about the feeling of being so close to perfection and having a great opportunity, yet one person decides to ruin that.
“We Were Only Young”:
“We Were Only Young” deals with the passing of time. As cliché as it sounds, time is precious, and it’s so important to step back and embrace the present. The line “forever lost in the unknown” is an optimistic perspective that while one cannot relive the past, the uncertainty of the future is what makes the journey so exciting. There are deeper themes that involve letting go of those in your life that stifle your own personal growth. The song sways between nostalgia and growing pains and is a piece of music we hold closely with us on this journey.
We tried so many times to play this song with a full electric arrangement, but it could never capture the sincerity of its acoustic outfit. “Olivia” has been in our wheel house for the past two years, but would only get to shine during our acoustic performances. It represents a young love that’s been cut short; a hopeful and naïve love that never saw fruition. “Olivia” is a tug of war between old promises and future desires.
“Only One” is one of the newest songs we’ve written together. Working together with Joe Chiccarelli on this song, we feel like we created a really exciting arrangement, one that can grip a listener from the beginning. Lyrically, it’s about experiences we’ve had in the beginning phases of relationships, trying to understand what each party is thinking.
“Just A Little Bit”:
This was one of the first songs we ever wrote together as a band. The track gained the attention of KLOS-FM when we submitted it in 2017 for their “Next2Rock” competition. The song earned our spot in
the competition at the Viper Room in Hollywood, where we won the regional finals. However, since we recorded the song at such an early stage of the band’s formation, we felt the recording did not match the progression of the band’s current tune. Because “Just A Little Bit” is still one of our all time favorites, we wanted to re-record it with our vision for the future in mind. It was an honor to have Joe Chiccarelli spice up the arrangements and push the boundaries on a classic of ours. The energy the song contains always lights the fire in our engine and we are so excited to share it with all of you.