It’s time to dig out your flannel shirt, air guitar to an imaginary Les Paul as ‘Appalachian Desert Rock’ drifters Jakethehawk bring us the brand new, and admittedly mellow, video for the track Still Life, taken off their current long player, the Ripple Music released Hinterlands. Jamie, who reviewed the album said, ‘The riffs are big and menacing and Huxley’s subdued tone works well sounding almost haunted’ adding ‘Jakethehawk have balanced their influences with a modern stoner edged rock’.
Although Still Life can, on the surface, seem like an anomaly compared to Jakethehawk’s usual offerings, guitarist and vocalist John Huxley comments about the track and video…
‘We had a lot of fun conceptualizing and executing this video… it was a blast to work with Joe (who does our logo work and painted the cover for our 2018 album To Build A Fire) and Sikes because they are some of the best, most passionate creators in Pittsburgh. This song might feel like an oddball on the album for some, but we loved doing something with a bit more space and room and we wanted to showcase that. The idea for the video came about just because I feel it is inherently compelling watching someone work in a medium in which they are skilled.’
Now click play below to bring some Still Life into your day…
More On Jakethehawk & ‘Hinterlands’
Formed in 2016, Jakethehawk has always sought to synthesize the classic, riff-centric sound of proto-metal’s pioneers with the textures of psychedelic and progressive rock. Additionally, heavy influence is drawn from the band’s home turf – both from the lush, wooded river valley and from the rich tradition of folk music that still blossoms here.
Really, it would be disingenuous for a band from this place to call themselves ‘desert rock’; much as the landscape and the culture shaped the music of the Palm Desert scene in the early 90s, so too does Jakethehawk embrace the influence from their homeland. The band embrace their self-given, oxymoronic moniker, ‘Appalachian Desert Rock’ because, they feel it sums these things up; but more importantly than that, they like it.
2020 sees core members Huxley, Lober and Lober adding guitarist and ‘sometimes vocalist’ Josh Emery to the band as a permanent member to expand their sonic palette in both a live and studio setting.
02. Ochre And Umber
03. Interzone Mantra
04. Still Life
05. Uncanny Valley
John Huxley – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Jordan Lober – Drums
Justin Lober – Bass, Vocals
Josh Emery – Guitar, Vocals
Hinterlands is out now via Ripple Music.