Formed in 2016, Jakethehawk has always sought to synthesize the classic, riff-centric sound of proto-metal’s pioneers with the textures of psychedelic rock and progressive rock. Additionally, heavy influence is drawn from the band’s home turf – both from the 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 90’s, 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.
Of track premiere ‘Counting’, guitarist and vocalist John Huxley comments: “I think the sound of ‘Counting’ is representative of our writing headspace as a band right now. . . kind of a more brazen attempt to blend psychedelia and gazey elements with riff rock. These songs were written pretty quickly after our last record was released and with little master plan other than a sense that this was the place to go next sonically. This record, for me, is in many ways a series of ruminations on the inevitable changes in life and I think an attempt find peace with the great deceit that is inherent in the human condition.”
Jakethehawk‘s new album, Hinterlands, will be released on February 19, 2021, via Ripple Music