Monday, 18 June 2018

The Piqued Jacks To Release New Single 'Wildly Shine'

"What if we could turn a person's soul into a song? It sounds impossible, but we tried anyway. “Wildly Shine” is meant to embody the soul of our friend Hannah, an incredibly kind and positive girl who hosted us in Beaumont, TX, while we were touring the US in 2015. It was just for a day, but we connected so well that we promised we'd meet again in Italy. Sadly, two weeks later, Hannah was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. Shocked by the news, E-King sat at the piano, and a melody started flowing naturally; a bunch of words followed it, then the whole band joined in. But we wanted the song to be really special, so we entrusted Grammy Nominated producer Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, RHCP) with the pre- production process, who helped us taking the music and the lyrics to the level that Hannah deserved”.

Self-engineered and produced, recorded and re-arranged a thousand times, started by our former drummer ThEd0g and finished by the current one, Holy Hargot, “Wildly Shine” - out of all our songs – struggled the most to come to life. But now we can proudly address it as our most powerful ballad"'

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 alt/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,” 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 five-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...

Wildly Shine is a delicate song about a dramatic event: a slow ballad that evolves into a forceful ending, where the mourning of a sudden loss turns into the celebration of a meaningful person. A song about the ability to let someone go like a feather to the wind, to treasure someone's soul forever. When so much is given, the bond never breaks, but rather compounds with each element (“the wood I burn / those blue singing birds / the dew the Gods drink / the bloom of growing trees”), with every thing on earth.

Wildly Shine is one last dance to say goodbye to a loved one, an emotional vibe with both smooth and rough vocals, and a dreamy atmosphere all around. It is meant to represent the eternity of the impact that a person could have on others.

A homage to a friend the band met on the road, who struck them as a person who would have definitely made the world a more beautiful place.

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