If any band is poised to help bring authenticity back to rock & roll, it’s The Jacks. The way they see it, playing rock at a time when pop and hip-hop are dominating the charts is an act of defiance. 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 have shared the stage with the Foo Fighters, The Cult, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Hives, the Struts, the Shelters and many others. At one gig, they ran into John Fogerty who told them, “It’s cool to see some rock & roll again.”
The group recorded their first EP with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More) at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound Studios. But even though they’ve been playing together for only a couple of years, rock has been The Jacks’ lifeblood for as long as they can remember.
As Wallace declares, “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!”
Guitarist Tom Hunter and Bassist Scott Stone started jamming together on Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC covers in middle school. They kept it going through their college years, and one day when Stone was running sound for an open-mic night, he spotted singer Jonny Stanback. “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. The three of them and their drummer at the time got together on a Monday and played their first gig that Friday. They eventually recruited drummer Josh 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 but never found the perfect opportunity. After playing with these guys, I knew this was that opportunity.”
Earlier this year, the band were tapped to perform at the NFL pre-Super Bowl and NHL Winter Classic events. During the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, The Jacks’ music was heard during the games’ broadcasts, highlight reels, and commercial bumpers. This season, NCAA Football has added them as well on both ESPN and Fox Sports.
The quartet have test-driven their songs on the road, charted on the Apple Music’s Rock Charts in eighteen countries and have been added to Spotify’s Rock Classics and New Noise playlists.
“There isn’t an end goal for us, we just want to continue to write the music we love, share it with as many people as possible, and hopefully be remembered for it,” Hunter says. “We hope that we can one day inspire other musicians to do the same. Oh … and we want to sell out Wembley.”