The full-on intensity of punk-laced emo is present in all its finery in the delicious sound of San Francisco newcomers Jackknife Eddie.
The quartet of Zak Kloes, Javier Parrilla, Chase Kossack and David Mendivil fuse these emo and punk roots with elements of hardcore in a thrilling sound that we are loving.
The band sent us a video for their track Something New to get a taste for it. It kicks off with Zak’s fairly laid-back vocals over palm-muted guitars that gradually intensify into a big singalong chorus of “Right now I wanna live in you, Tomorrow we can live for something new.”
Zak’s impressive vocals dominate a powerful second chorus, then drops into a calm section that soon bursts into a final blast of the big chorus. Check it out below:
This is in addition to the release of two singles, Ash and Egnaro, which show the excellence of the more polished, recorded Jackknife Eddie sound. Ash, for example, is pretty huge, with Zak’s powerful vocals dominating this atmospheric, super catchy song. Check it out below:
We had a chat with the band to find out more and discover what we can expect from them.
GR: Who are Jackknife Eddie?
JE: “Jackknife Eddie is a group of 5 guys from the bay area who got together in one way or another to start jamming together in a recording space. Zak Kloes on vox, Javi Parrilla and Travis Sawrie on guitar, David Mendevil on Bass, and Chase Kossak on drums. Originally we were supposed to be a project with an end date but we ended up putting together a bunch of great stuff around some pieces Javi brought to us. Javi and Chase started doing some work to get all of it recorded and then Travis joined us most recently to fill us out.”
GR: You just released a live recording of Something New. It sounds awesome! What should people be expecting from the song?
JE: “This is probably the song that puts the pop in our pop-punk sound. The rest of our stuff is grittier than this one for sure. The song is about the cycles of self-destruction around getting drunk and going home with a stranger and that feeling of just rinsing and repeating. But it’s also more largely about the tendency to ignore that the world is burning around us.”
GR: Sounds cool. This track follows your recent debut single as a band. So how does it feel to be sharing your music with people? And what else can we expect from you?
JE: “It feels great to have something to put out. I think as a band sometimes you end up playing mostly in a closed room to your other band mates so it’s great to bring the project out of the studio. We will have another couple of singles coming out in the next couple months and a full album following that!
GR: How would you describe the Jackknife Eddie sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
JE: “We mostly say that we are pop-punk or alternative. You can expect a big sound from us with clean production, darker lyrics with a good hook, and heavy driving instrumental.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Zak: “Personally, I’m just finishing up a year of major changes. And I’ve said goodbye to a lot of the things that used to be so important to me. So I think most of the songs are about that letting go and finding the real you that is still there once you’ve gotten rid of all of the other stuff.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JE: “We’re big fans of Circa Survive, Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Glassjaw.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
J: “Into 2020, definitely expect some more singles and an album in the near future.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
JW: “Just that we have much more coming out over the next few months and are excited to share it with everyone. We’re super stoked at all the love we’ve been getting from Something New, and that only drives us to create more.”