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Alright all you JAK Fiends out there! It's been a while in the making, but we are very pleased to announce our new members. Drum roll please.... Please welcome Nick Fix returning on guitar AND Jack Grigg on Drums. As one of the original members, Nick Fix comes back to JAK after a 3 year break and brings with him the old school JAK 'feel good' vibe. The boys are back! Jack Grigg is a superstar player with a ultra cool feel on drums and already his edgy, funky chops are bringing some awesome flavour to the band. "Patty and I are so stoked to have found Jack and its a blow out to have Nick back in the camp. Rehearsals are sounding awesome and there is a mega cool vibe in the group so, yeah, just stoked!" Said Front man Andrew Hands. Keep an eye out for more up and coming updates & info!

JAK Gears Up For 2015

After several months off the road and our fair share of set backs, We are pleased to announce JAK's return in 2015 We are currently undergoing line-up changes and brainstorming ideas to bring forth in the new year to go with vigorous rehearsal sessions. We wish to extend our gratitude and welcome to all of our new listeners, and to those who have and continue to support JAK though the years Watch this space friends, thanks again and we'll see you all soon. BRING ON 2015!!! Pat \m/

[JAK] HOMELAND TOUR 2013 has hit the road running...

Our 2013 'Homeland Tour' has kicked off! We're offering aspiring bands and artists - in regional QLD and NSW a chance to be the support act at the JAK concert in your region. This is a great opportunity to play your music (approx. 30 - 40 min set) on a big stage, in front of your home town. Wait, there’s more! We are totally stoked to announce that one stand-out act will be offered FULL RECORDING SPONSORSHIP with Neon Studios is Brisbane. Check out the tour poster and see when we’ll be in your neck of the woods. Hook up with us on face book - post your band name and which town you want to play at. Include a link to your music on the JAK ON TOUR face book page. Video footage would be AWESOME, but not its’ not essential. To keep up with the tour. https://www.facebook.com/jakworld . To find out more about the [JAK] 2013 HOMELAND tour visit our site: www.jakmeup.com

We’re looking forward to blasting the stage until it shivers! + guest support band 'Nobody's Heroes' (and a local band). Tix $25 on the door

cheers [JAK]

JAK 2013 'HOMELAND TOUR' is now recruiting support acts!

Our 2013 'Homeland Tour' is edging ever closer and we’re looking for aspiring bands and artists to be the support act at the JAK concert in your region. This is a great opportunity to play your music (approx. 30 - 40 min set) on a big stage, in front of your home town. Wait, there’s more! We are totally stoked to announce that one stand-out act will be offered FULL RECORDING SPONSORSHIP with Neon Studios is Brisbane for their first full EP!! The participating band or artist from each region will also be promoted in the official 'Homeland Tour Magazine'. If you want to be part of this tour - the time to act is now!! Check out the tour poster and see when we’ll be in your neck of the woods. Add this page and post on our wall with your band name and which town you want to play at. Include a link to your music on the JAK ON TOUR face book page. We need to HEAR your music. The quality of the recording doesn’t matter; we want to focus on the song. Video footage would be AWESOME, but not its’ not essential. JAK has also pledged to contribute to the growth of each of the selected bands by dedicating 100% of the profits from JAK's CD sales on the night of your appearance to go towards their studio recording. We’re looking forward to uncovering local talent in your region and receiving your submissions!

***ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN BY FRIDAY MAY 3rd. Bands will be announced Friday May 10th. http://www.jakmeup.com/#!jaktourdates/cb30

JAK TOUR - looking for Young bands or artists

JAK 2013 Homeland Tour is throwing open the gates to the JAK machine and inviting local musicians to contact us, to be a support band in your region or town - post your video clips or YouTube links - on the official JAK ON TOUR Face Book page: http://www.facebook.com/jakworld Or send an email to: jakpublicity@gmail.com check out the website for more info http://www.jakmeup.com


It's here! Announcing the launch of our Regional 'HOMELAND TOUR’. We can't wait to share our passion for music with regional Australia and give audiences and local musicians in areas of the country typically overlooked the chance to attend well-staged rock concerts. JAK hopes to highlight to tour promoters and bands alike, both nationally and internationally that inland Australia is as viable as the tour circuits in more saturated coastal centres and capital cities. JAK’s vision is not just to play and then leave, their aim is to engage with young aspiring bands and artists, visiting selected high schools, offering informal interactive workshops focusing on aspects of performance, musicianship and song writing with a general overview of music career opportunities. To show how committed JAK are about supporting regional live music they will select a band or artist from each town or region to play at JAK’S official Homeland Tour Rock Concert. There is nothing like onstage experience to boost confidence, inspire and motivate emerging musicians. With that in mind JAK has pledged to personally contribute financial funding to the selected bands or artists to go towards their own recording costs, with the intention of empowering young musicians to do more of what they love and to develop those skills, like any other profession. With four months ahead of them and a brand new debut album in their pocket JAK will be playing their way through 3 states covering approximately 10,000 kilometres! Staging quality rock shows, the official 2013 Regional - [JAK] Homeland Tour - kicks off in Brisbane in March and winds up in September back in Brisbane. With their debut album ‘Machine In Me’ due for release mid-May things are certainly set to sizzle as JAK rolls down the hot summer highways in their rock ‘n roll tour-bus on a mission, eager to meet YOUR town and discover its hidden talents! JAK looks forward to working together with local councils, regional networks, media, local businesses, music groups, youth-focused organisations and anyone who wants to get involved and help make this a great event for everyone Local musicians can post their music video clips or YouTube links - on the JAK ON TOUR Face Book page: http://www.facebook.com/jakworld Or - send us an email with their mp3’s or mp4’s to: jakpublicity@gmail.com

We are keen to link up with every town and region online so people have quick access to updates on the tour and can keep up with its progress and check out featured local artists on our wall. Your input is a valuable part of this project and with the support of local councils and schools we have been able to collate a pretty thorough network of local and media contacts. If you have other local contacts or music-networking-connections which may be useful in helping us to connect and network with your town – please let us know, we would be very grateful! We are especially interested in connecting with High School and other Youth groups which put out regular newsletters. And of course, your feedback is very welcome. Please feel free to email us or to make contact by phone. Tour info will be regularly updated on JAK’s face book page http://www.facebook.com/jakworld as well as on the website. Sam Fonte - Publicity Coordinator JAK HOMELAND TOUR E: jakpublicity@gmail.com

Four gigs, seemingly endless countryside and plenty of hard work!

Blog for the week..... Well what a week that was in the journey that is JAK...four gigs, seemingly endless countryside and plenty of hard work. An uneventful drive during the cold but clear night brought us to Mackay on a sunny morning before the gig, providing us with ample time to relax and prepare for the show. Previous gigs in Mackay have been in the pub, this time we had the spacious stage out the back of the venue where the majority of the punters gather. Cranking up the volume, we blasted the venue over four hours with a mixture of hard rock classics and JAK originals which at times sent the enthusiastic crowd into a rapture. Not to mention during the set Andrew swinging wildly off a rope fixed from above the stage that he was eyeing off when we first arrived......(he did put his guitar down first!)... a large ladder on stage also became an impromptu stage prop for some guitar heroics. We collapsed into bed after we finished, exhausted. The following day rain made its presence felt so we were obliged to take the show indoors for the evening show, which we put no less effort and commitment into than the previous night. Walking round Mackay during the day we were recognised in the street and in another startling incident one of the punters in the pub knew the words to California Haze! The usual pieces of furniture were commandeered for props on stage and once again a blistering performance was enjoyed by all. A torrential downpour accompanied our trip to Airlie Beach the next day and, with the afternoon free, I had the pleasure of walking the foreshore - quite beautiful. Noise restrictions came into play with the gig which was outside (although undercover) and a directive not to use the guitar amps - which heaped pressure onto the PA, which it couldn't handle! The crowd, largely made up of transient backpackers and holidaymakers, kept to themselves, being a different scene; we performed well and followed up with a large party afterwards which took us into the early hours. Back in Brisbane for Friday's Homeless Connect fundraiser gig at the RNA Showgrounds, we were surprised to play only twenty minutes but we gave it our all, despite Kane's electrical problems with his gear and breaking a string, and the fact that it was 10:30am - so weird to play so early. A tumultuous week indeed as we gather ourselves to perform at Sydney's The Valve on Friday 1st June! Indigo Changeling [Drummer for JAK]

Check out today's Video-Road-Blog

We're on our way to Mackay and Whitsundays. It's a 3-day tour...can't wait to catch up with our fans up there!!! Catch our shows Friday 18th and Saturday 19th at CBD McGuires Hotel 8:30pm. then Sunday May 20th MAGNUMS Airlie Beach 6pm "We've got a new Single and we're not afraid to use it!" lol Check out the latest video blog from the tour van! http://youtu.be/i1oFWByIqWU , http://www.facebook.com/jakliveshere

Rock Report – Caxton Street Festival Explodes...

...oh wait, that was just JAK trying to blow up a venue!

The gig at Caxton Street Festival last weekend went great. We absolutely blew the place apart! As the afternoon progressed with the crowd streaming by outside…it would’ve been pretty hard to miss our big sound pumping out into the street and more and more people were pouring into the venue.

We did a massive performance - a powerhouse set. We rocked the place so hard, I was truly surprised the building was still standing! We were playing with our backs to the glass windows and I kept banging my elbows into the window, but hey, that's rock n' roll!

It was great to see ‘heads turning’ (no not a re-run of the exorcist) but enthusiasm from masses of people pushing their way into the place to see who the hell was making that sound? By the time we finished, the crowd of people watching, were screaming and applauding all at once… we like to think we left them …breathless and hoping for more!!

By: Indego Changeling [Drummer for JAK] 14/5/12



We recorded “California Haze” earlier this year, along with another song “Alive” and I’ve been getting asked by a lot of people what the song is about and why I’m wrote a song about California, being a ‘Brissie boy’. I think people have the wrong idea about the song, so I wanted to kind of let ya’s all in on what it’s about.

‘California Haze’ is less about a location and more about a state of mind. The title could just as likely have been ‘Bris-Vague-Us’ or ‘Seedy in Sydney’, because of the nature of the song. It’s based on a backpacking trip I took a few years ago, where I partied CRAZY for a couple months up the west coast of USA. The phrase ‘California Haze’ is just a state of existence, like, living in a blur of constant party mode and not really knowing what city you’re in, and you don’t know if you’re on your way to sobering up or on your way to getting drunk!

So California is just the place that the events happened. The song’s first line, “Spent my money in Whiskey Creek and I hitched a ride to Reno...” actually refers to a real story, where I literally spent my last dollar in a bar called Whiskey Creek, in Mammoth Mountain. I lost my credit card and all, then had to hitch hike from there to Reno which is a few hundred kilometers away, to get to the closest Western Union outlet so I could get me some money from my credit card company!

I actually had to wait over the weekend in Reno till the money came through, hence the line in the song, “I got 2 days lay, till I get me my pay”. So….the whole thing is based on actual experiences that happened over the course of the time I spent in the America and was probably the most freaking sensational couple of months worth of fun EVER!

So I hope that sheds some light on the story behind the song title and they lyrics.


A. Hands