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01 Defend Rosie 4:08

The Static Jacks

@ XOYO, London, 15 February 2012

Since they formed in 2009, Westfield, New Jersey’s The Static Jacks (lead vocalist Ian Devaney, guitarists Henry Kaye and Michael Sue-Poi, and drummer Nick Brennan) have earnestly burned their own path through indie rock’s crowded field. Ignoring music’s fickle trends, the Jacks have forged a unique blend of punk, garage, and soul sounds for a sonic punch to the gut and heart.

The band has always held fast to a D.I.Y. and collective ethos, and its four members are more like brothers than mere friends playing music: up till now they’ve self-released all their own material; Henry designs all of their art, from album covers to T-shirts; and, perhaps most importantly, their creative process is all-inclusive, so every facet of every song bears the mark of every member.

This is clearly a band that’s learned the future is unwritten-and so steps boldly into its fold without losing the fire of youth.