Picture a band with mixed characteristics; one with a sound that is not entirely rock, nor entirely reggae. A band with a sound that instead falls into the category of surf rock, or if you will, "American Reggae," with similar artists such as Sublime, Citizen Cope, Jack Johnson, and Donovan Frankenreiter. That band you're picturing is Jake Paul Band and the album is The Jailbreak. The band's reggae sounds bring a sunny warmth to the overall album, even though oftentimes heavy, less than cheery subjects are addressed. Front man and band kick-starter Jake Paul's vocals fall somewhere between singing, spoken word, and rapping, which accentuates the music perfectly. He also brings his harmonica out from time to time, lending a further accent to the music. Paul has a unique reason for forming the band and beginning his music career. In the 1990's his mother was killed; unfortunately, the case has still not been solved. In honor of his mother, he set out to spread his story through the form of music. His first venture was with the track "Hollow," which is included twice on the album - once as the original and the other as a home studio remix. Regardless of which track you listen to you will be blown away by the brutal honesty of the lyrics. The story is told in third person, describing his mother's death and how he was affected by it, reminding listeners to "Remember to say goodbye, 'cause you're never too young to die." The sincerity of the lyrics, especially when Paul describes the moment he was given the news, further outlines how genuine the track really is. This sense of honesty follows the band through the entirety of their album, whether he is tackling everyday troubles or covering how to overcome those difficulties. "Scarecrow" comes next on The Jailbreak. The cleverness of the track is what makes it stand out. Paul sings, "You know, a wildflower cannot grow stuck in the shadows of a wounded soul," cleverly explaining how he'll stick around acting as this person's scarecrow until every last demon has been chased away. It takes a drastic turn in tempo at the very end, transforming into something you would assume to hear on a punk record and not this one. This facet seems to be a onetime deal, though, since it pops up nowhere else on the album. "Keep Your Demons," found a few tracks deeper into the album, covers the topic of demons once again, though this time Paul writes on a more personal level. Although it is the shortest track on the album he has no trouble with getting his words out and point across. "My Side of the Street" is one of the few more lighthearted tracks, and its lightheartedness is reflected in its upbeat melody. Paul sings about how sunny life can be when things begin to go your way and a new relationship blossoms. "In the End" is hands down the most uplifting song. They don't go overboard with lyrics; just enough are supplied, telling you that in the end, everything will eventually go as planned. An equal portion of the song is handed over to the instruments, letting them do the talking. A short solo to introduce the track and an impressive mid-song solo by lead guitarist Chad Layton are featured. Everything about The Jailbreak has an organic nature to it, from the vocals to the instruments. Nothing is too overproduced, and you get the sense this mood was orchestrated on purpose in order to faultlessly portray the relaxed atmosphere they were intending. These are guys you would want to invite to a party of your own just so you could get to know them and be able to sit back and watch them play. Artist: Jake Paul Band Album: The Jailbreak Review by Alec Cunningham Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
We're excited to announce that we're currently working on our latest project, "PIE." This music is largely influenced by our newest band member (drummer) Mike who brings a jam-style rock element to our band. We're really evolving as musicians and band-mates, everyone feels like we're getting close to really breaking through and being part of something larger than "just us." PIE is about conflicting desires many of us face as we try on a day to day basis to secure our own piece of the American Pie. It's a musical masterpiece of acoustic tones, hard rock distortion, fluctuating time signatures, and jam-style instrumentation.
We'll set a release date in the near future...
I never thought we'd play at some of the venues we're playing at. Thank you. We've expanded from Milwaukee to Madison to Green Bay to New York to Chicago to...the moon? All I can share from here is a genuine "thank you" as I sit back and think about all the times I've wondered, "should I give up?" Rock on everyone and don't quit. Happy Thanksgiving.
April is full of great, new events for Jake Paul Band! First of all, we welcome our new drummer, Mike Balisterieri! Mike brings his jazz-style jam band Umphrees McGee influence to the Jake Paul Band and everyone is stoked! Come see our next show and get a glimpse of the energy Mike brings with him! We're covering 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, and more! We have several key gigs in April: Saturday, April 7th @ The Nice Ash (Main Street, Waukesha) 9pm (free) Friday, April 13th @ The Down & Over (formerly Bay View Brew Haus). This our debut performance at the brand new venue! ($5) Friday, April 27th @ Fire On Water (Water Street, Milwaukee). This is one of Milwaukee's finest live music bars + it has really cool artwork! (free) SATURDAY, MAY 5th: THE BATTLE INTO SUMMERFEST! We'd appreciate your support on this one! The band with the most fans wins! ($5) Come on out and listen to the new vibe we've created!