ROCK WiRED RADIO INTERVIEW
ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS AN EXCLUSiVE iNTERViEW WiTH AARON SEiBERT OF JACK + JILL REGARDiNG THEiR NEW EP "COLORADiO"
Gritty rock n roll with an absolutely smoking violin solo doesn't sound like the kind of rock n roll you'd want ot blare out of your speakers but the Grand Junction Colorado based band JACK + JILL manage to do just that with the release of their new EP COLORADIO. Founded as a duo in 2007 by married couple AARON and JESSICA SEIBERT, JACK + JILL have now expanded into a four piece band with BRIAN BRAUKOFF on bass and JAKE CRAM on drums. AARON's grungey vocals and JESSICA's mean dexterity on the electric violin are what set this CD into overdrive especially onthe songs BLACK SHEEP, ME MYSELFISH I and KMSA a glorious ode to a local independent radio station. http://www.rockwired.com/rockwiredprofiles415.html
INDIE MUSIC E-MAG ALBUM REVIEW
This is a band which confounds all around. For starters, they’re a quartet with a name which would have you believe it’s a duo. And then with it’s innocuous sort name, they’d also have you believe this is probably just another Americana band who didn’t feel like buying razors or shaving cream either.
But Jack + Jill is fronted by husband and wife Aaron and Jessica Seibert, who share vocal duties, (Guitar and electric fiddle respectively), they are rounded out by bassist B Braukhoff and drummer Jake Cram.
This 5 song EP, opens strongly with “Black Sheep,” feeling wanton and sordid, with barely manageable emotions, for that worst kind of indulgent love. There’s a real sauciness happening when Aaron and Jessica combine their vocals, but his tend to dominate at times. His coarse delivery contrasting nicely with her sweeter, more dulcet delivery.
“Requiem for 9-5” feels like “Takes This Job and Shove It” for the patchuli set. With the great catch phrase, “I have never been so high” which will undoubtedly will become the shout along line at the live shows. There’s some nice wah-wah soloing on the tail-end.
Closing out with “KMSA,” There’s moments when the band locks in tight as clockwork, and then there’s the relaxed ending as the vocals carry it out. And you get the feeling this recording is a pretty good portrait of the band onstage, loose and lively, and not so focused on nailing every single moment perfectly, but more focused on harnessing the energy of the moment. Memorable rootsy psychedelic folk rock for your listening pleasure. For article in mag click here: http://indiemusic.co/2013/08/23/jack-jills-epic-americana/
PENS EYE VIEW FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW
Posted on August 21, 2013
in Featured Artist
by Richie Frieman
You give PEV a band with a badass beard, some sweet dreads, “grungy guy and rich female vocals” and an electric violin, and you’re going to do a bit more than grab our attention! JACK+JILL, the Colorado-based duo (husband and wife Aaron and Jessica Seibert) turned full 4-piece band (adding in bassist Brian Braukhoff and drummer Jake Cram) has shared the stage with some impressive artists, including Everclear, Eve 6, Loverboy and Days of the New, and has also produced some really great music in the form of 2009’s Into the Open and 2011’s Brightest Star in the Nightmare. Today, we’re pretty pumped to tell you about this unique band’s latest release, a 5-disc album titled COLORADiO, a representation of “the true sound of J+J, finally. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally time to let the music speak for itself… as it should.”
We asked the members of JACK+JILL to tell us a little more about this definitive record – they said “Each member has a place in this album, and we’re all stoked to have it represent us…We constantly use vocal harmony and switch up between male and female lead vocals, which keeps the listener involved and constantly adapting their ears to a new fresh track. Over the course of the writings, we have come into a sound that is all our own while maintaining a familiarity that broadens the genre and the band’s sound.” JACK+JILL will be insane busy supporting COLORADiO playing live shows all over these western United States, so click to http://www.jackplusjill.com for all the performance details. There’s still so much more to learn, so read on for all the answers to the XXQs below.
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over others in your genre?
JACK+JILL (JJ): Indie/Alternative/Rock with a lead violinist/fiddler. We constantly use vocal harmony and switch up between male and female lead vocals too, which keeps the listener involved and constantly adapting their ears to a new fresh track. Over the course of the writings, Jack and Jill have come into a sound that is all their own while maintaining a familiarity that broadens the genre and the band’s sound.
PEV: What kind of music were you all into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
JJ: We are 90′s kids; lots of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains goes into the core progressions. However the icing comes from artists like Fiona Apple, Bjork and some 80′s flair too. We are lovers of all music, from Punk and Metal to the Beatles and Psychedelia. As for the new age of music, the over use of auto-tune, pitch correction and dubstep (drum and bass for idiots), we are appalled. Someday we hope that the world will see those “artists” for what they really are, jokes on the general population of music lovers.
PEV: What is it like being a married couple in a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
JJ: It’s awesome, and trying at the same time…We work off each other well, and when times are good they are amazing. When times are rough, its usually the cause of any two people being around each other for too long. We are each others “right hand man”, and at times our own worst critics. All in all its a beautiful thing, and an epically exciting journey with my best friend.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live JACK+JILL show?
JJ: Tons of energy, and fun-loving-ness. Good chemistry is abundant as the members play well off each other. The shows you will see range from an acoustic duo “coffee shop feel”, to full on rock concerts, featuring lots of vocal harmonies, ripping wah violin leads and solos, tight musical aggression mixed with emotional rock and roller-coasters.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
JJ: “Lets rock this place!”
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of JACK+JILL?
JJ: We have 2 Mormons, 1 Atheist, and a Buddha man.
PEV: Tell us about your latest release, COLORADiO. What can fans expect from this work?
JJ: The true sound of J+J, finally. It’s been a long time coming, but its finally time to let the music speak for itself…as it should. Each member has a place in this album, and we’re all stoked to have it represent us.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
JJ: Our drummer (Jake Cram) is very much into motorcycling, long-boarding, and all things fast. The Bassist (B Braukhoff) is an avid disc golfer, and punk rocker extraordinaire. As for J+J? We love spending as much time with our children (2 and 4 years old) as humanly possible. Family is everything.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
JJ: Past: The Beatles…because why? Why not!
Present: Soundgarden, for their attention to creative detail, and unbelievable arrangements.
PEV: So, what is next for JACK+JILL?
JJ: An extensive slew of shows all over the western US, bringing our latest and most true to form sound to the masses. Then a follow up album, one as good as the last! We are so excited to be getting album reviews and being able to tour while having a happy, healthy family life. The opportunities that we have been given over the past 5 years have been nothing short of thrilling. Watching our fan base grow as well as our music is an almost surreal feeling. It’s happening, and we’re all on board, and ready for the ride of our lifetimes! For article in mag click here: http://www.penseyeviewnew.com/pev/2013/08/21/jackjill/
SKOPE MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW
Like everyone, I have those musical faves that haven’t simply “made the list”; rather they are “etched into the very stone” of it. There was never enough J Mascis riff masturbation on vintage Dino Jr. albums; I’ve never not wanted another bouncing bass line solo from Geddy Lee. And I will always lean toward Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy when discussing the prowess of songwriters. While those musical moments are established, what I really look for in new music is an inability to adhere to a genre, style or sound. I seek out the boundary-pushing musical alchemists, who marry facets of music into a cohesive sound and create rather than play. For example…
Colorado quartet, Jack+Jill is a genre-bending Alt act drawing from multiple musical factions. Led by husband and wife team, Aaron and Jessica Seibert (“Jack” and “Jill” respectively). While sharing vocal duties, Aaron lends atmospheric channels of guitar and Jessica supplies plugged-in string fill violin… kind of like a Jam- and Country-tinged Fetchin’ Bones in function.
Jangle, effects-laden electric guitar and electric-bolstered string work usher in “Black Sheep.” This mid-tempo rocker has hints of Rockabilly, Appalachia and Rock style soaring guitar work. The tandem vocal delivery lends a complimentary harmony to a raw, backing musicality. More distorted electric riff work opens “Me, myselfish I” before the explosive amalgam of instruments joins the fold. Jessica takes vocal duties at the foreground while the trudge musicality takes the track to the agro chorus of more tandem lyrical delivery. “KMSA” opens with demure and melodic electric/acoustic tandem and the opening verse, but you get the impression that the track is building toward something. The 1:30 mark is that point. Full instrumentation pops behind Jessica’s string work, resulting in a strummy jam track. Weepy strings and dour electric sets a dark ethos for “Home Again.” The chug guitar carries Aaron’s raspy vocal delivery on its back while amped violin squeaks over backing instrumentation plunges ahead through to the breadth of the track.
COLORADiO is music with a mind and a soul. It’s deliberate in execution, but unchained in its conception. The myriad facets and genres present are bright, complementary and diverse; while the music itself is honed razor sharp. Production is raw and gritty (as it should be in my opinion) and it lends an honest, DIY- “feel” to the organic nature of the music. If Jack+Jill can convey this much energy, breadth and cacophony of sound amongst five-tracks; their next LP is certainly going to make listeners stand up and take notice.
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by Christopher West – firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to actual Magazine review- http://www.skopemag.com/2013/07/11/jackjill-coloradio
BOYD FRANKLIN - KAFM - ALBUM REVIEW
Artist: Jack + Jill
Previous Albums: Into the Open, Brightest Star in the Nightmare
Members: Aaron Seibert – Vocals, Guitars Jessica Seibert – Vocals, Violins, Jake Cram – Drums B Braukhoff – Bass, Vocals, Steve McGarry guest on Drums
Either listening to COLORADiO or going to a Jack + Jill show you can always count on two things amazing vocals with Aaron and Jessica taking you on a roller coaster ride with incredible vocal talent and harmony, and Jessica tearing it up on an electric violin, always defining what is one of the trademarks that makes Jack + Jill one of the most unique sounds out there.
Home Again is probably my favorite track on the EP, with Jessica’s violin grabbing your attention right from the start, followed by Aaron’s incredible vocals, and as always on the melodies Aaron and Jess’s voice’s blending together to give the song fullness. Parts of the song seem to me to bring back images of a haunting Zeppelin type sound.
Requiem for 9-5 a celebration of life, love and living for your dreams, an upbeat song which will make you want to move.
Blacksheep provides some of the best lyric’s on the EP, “Lady you are crazy, and not in a good way”, as well as one of the best solo’s by Jessica and her screaming violin.
KMSA dedicated to the local College radio station, and a story of finding your place in the world, and sacrifices made to find your dream.
Me, My Selfish I, spotlights Jessica on lead vocals with driving riffs of violin and vocal acrobatics, with a great change of pace that suddenly catches you by surprise and provides a great contrast.
Jack + Jill’s COLORADiO is definitely a CD you should pick up, and no better way than catching a live show and purchasing your copy.
--Boyd Franklin at KAFM Community Radio https://www.facebook.com/TheHarleyRider?fref=ts