Piqued Jacks Share Debut Single And Video
Tuscany-based alt rockers, Piqued Jacks, share their debut single, "Loner Vs Lover," from their forthcoming, third album, The Living Past, due out October 26th. Atwood Magazine, who premiered the video, say the song is "an intimate self-reflection full of dark energies and nuanced emotion. Erupting with passion, Piqued Jacks remind us that we have the power to control our own narrative, to effect change in our lives, and to determine the outcomes."
Atwood says, "An assertive alternative rock anthem of self-discovery, Piqued Jacks' "Loner VS Lover" hits hard, with heavy beats and raw inner emotions driving the band and their audience toward a powerful moment of understanding. Anxiety and energy swell together as impassioned vocals wail with sweet remorse and longing," adding, "Loner VS Lover" is raw and unhinged - a fierce display of musicality."
After the delicate interlude of "Wildly Shine" -- the band's stand alone single recently premiered on The Big Takeover, the Piqued Jacks make their comeback with "Loner VS Lover," the first single extracted from the new album, The Living Past, produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari).
With a fresh, renovated and mature sound, the band taps into their funky origins on this track, and opens themselves up to a very interesting future. It has the energy of an entire concert and the soul of two songs. Now, more than ever, the alt-rock of the Piqued Jacks sounds unlike any other band.
"Loner Vs Lover" was born with the original line-up (E-King, Penguinsane, littleladle, ThdE0g), and reached maturity with HolyHargot on the drums. It was recorded in an old villa in the middle of nowhere, it was electrified and enriched by Dan Weller, and mixed by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, I Am Giant).
This single is as enjoyable as it is unpredictable, it's the perfect preview of an album at full power. It's irresistible hook received Weller's own stamp of approval during the recordings; he was dancing to it so wildly that he accidentally hit the spacebar, stopping the entire session.
The Piqued Jacks are a band of brothers who grew up together in the countryside of Buggiano, near Florence, Italy. With tenacity, riveting concerts, and a unique style of Alternative/funk-rock music, they made their way to Rome, Milan, London, Glasgow, Austin, and Los Angeles. On one of their early days, they broke and bent an audio jack; the double meaning of its upward angle was easy to see for the four young boys. "Piqued" means "interested", but also stands for direct, spontaneous, visceral.
Their new single, "Wildly Shine," (spring 2018) was pre-produced by Michael Beinhorn (RCHP, Soundgarden). The new album (Summer 2018 release) was produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns) in an 18th c. country home, transformed for the occasion into a recording studio/communal living space, completely immersed in their sounds, surrounded by nature and chemistry of human creativity.
Formed in 2006, E-King (vocals, keys), Penguinsane (guitar), littleladle (bass) and ThEd0g (drums) want to be the next Chili Peppers, today their influences include Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Nothing But Thieves, and Incubus. In 2010 and 2011, they release their first two EPs "Momo the Monkey" and "Brotherhoods", then in 2012, producer Brian Lanese invites them to Los Angeles to work on their third one. "Just a Machine" is released in January 2013 ("The quality of the material outweighs any flaws" -The Big Takeover).
In March 2013 they return to the U.S., to Austin for their first time at SXSW. Between 2014 and 2015 they would play 17 more shows during the festival; before that, a six-month tour all around Texas (50 gigs). In March 2014, people in Austin are talking about "the Italians",and Matt Noveskey (Blue October) welcomes them to the studio to record the singles "Upturned Perspectives/No Bazooka." Out in May, the singles earn a spot on the homepage of CMJ Network.
They publish their first LP "Climb Like Ivy Does" in 2015 ("A sound that is missing from the mainstream" -Stencil Mag). Then, back to the U.S. for another tour: 3 months, 1 van, 12 states, and 45 concerts, all while their video, "Romantic Soldier," airs on MTV. They return to Italy for the Summer festivals,and to open for Interpol. But their fans demand an acoustic version of "C.L.I.D", so "Aerial Roots" is born in 2016, and is voted "The Record of the day" on Rockit.
In May the band wins "Best Arezzo Wave Band - Tuscany", but the victory turns bittersweet when ThEd0g leaves the band. Damiano Beritelli takes over from the mainstage of the Arezzo Wave Festival through a mini-tour of the UK (13 dates, 6 cities). In 2017 the band regains their strength: Holy Hargot settles in as the new drummer, the creative process resumes, and they are invited to represent Italy at the Global 12 Festival in London.
The Piqued Jacks have won such accolades as "Best Live Band" at the Marea, MusicaW, and Global 12 Festivals, and "The Freshmen" award on mtvU. They performed as guest acts for Atoms for Peace, Teatro degli Orrori, Dubioza Kolektiv, and they played the stages of Rock In Roma, Whisky a Go Go, Hard Rock Cafè London, and Sofar Sounds, while their music aired on college radio stations all over the U.S., and on media channels such as Radio Rai 1, Rai 2, Repubblica, Rockol, and Balcony TV.
But you've got to see them live.
Photo Credit: Andrea Liguori