The self-titled, five-song debut EP from Los Angeles rockers, The Jacks, renews faith that rock ‘n’ roll is indeed still alive and kicking. The four-piece combo (who co-wrote the entire EP) is more than a band – they are best friends who cut their musical teeth on the L.A. music scene. Jonny Stanback (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tom Hunter (vocals/lead guitar), Scott Stone (vocals/bass) and Josh Roossin (drums/percussion) create a unique sound on their new release with catchy hooks and upbeat grooves. Influenced by such bands as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who, Oasis, Cage The Elephant, and The Black Keys, the California collective also draws inspiration from the 1960s and 70s Southern Rock era. Producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5, Blackberry Smoke) sums them up perfectly: “If The Strokes, Cage The Elephant and The Stones had an equally talented, but more handsome baby, it would be named The Jacks!”
Opening with the high energy, drum/guitar-driven “Who Are You” and “Are You Looking For Love,” there’s no mistaking that the intent on this record is pure rock ‘n’ roll fun. They simply ooze The Black Keys on the debut single, “Walk Away,” a hooky, bouncy dance-fest that will get anyone moving. “Hello My Friend” has clear Oasis “Wonderwall” echoes while the final cut, “Understand,” has brief hints of Coldplay but more definitive leanings toward Jack White.
The Jacks were the first client signed to newly formed EDGEOUT Records/UMe, which speaks volumes for the label’s confidence in the band’s success. “We’re trying to push the boundaries of the rock ‘n’ roll genre by incorporating modern elements, but still keeping the core structure of a four-piece band.” says frontman Stanback. By the sound of this short EP, they are doing just that. All five of these songs will get you moving and truly were meant to be played loud and live. There is great promise here and I look forward to future full albums from this tight, talented band.