Damn Jackals
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Damn Jackals

Brooklyn, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Brooklyn, NY
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Rock Garage Rock




""Crooked Castle" premiere/ review"

Brooklyn quintet Damn Jackals leans into the garage rock/punk aesthetic with the kind of enthusiasm your uncle Jack saved up for his post-work Hungry Man TV dinner and a six-pack of Schlitz. Drawing on the melodic but attitudinal punk of Johnny Thunders, Iggy & the Stooges as well as Television, the group releases its album Crooked Castle Vol.1 on May 25.

The album, and its impending successor, Crooked Castle Vol.2, is named after the outfit's recording studio, nestled deep in the inner chambers of lead vocalist/guitarist Beau Croxton's Rhinecliff, New York home. There, he and Max Motchan (guitar), Sean Burke (guitar/keys/vocals), Matt Lion (bass) and Mike Goehler (drums), settled in to work on the nine-song release, a record that seems poised to bring rock 'n' roll back to the streets come Summer 2018. (That the Jackals frequently come armed with a three-piece horn section featuring Carter Yasutake (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Charles Bradley), Jason Disu (David Byrne & St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem), and Noah Dreiblatt (Blitz the Ambassador) should probably tip you off to the fact that these cats mean business when they practice their mean business.

Just how mean is this business? You can hear the meanness, the toughness, oozing from the grooves of the track "Crooked Castle". With eerie, AM-radio style keyboards, a haunting, fuzzed-out vocal that asks us to imagine what happens when those sweet, sweet kids from down the block stumble on hard times and become rock-obsessed vampires, there's probably no better introduction to what Croxton, Goehler and the others get up to in the dark of the night. It's as dark and seductive as any of those movies about the dangerous, leather-clad dude who moves in next door to your girlfriend and steals her heart without wanting to and without, really, trying. That the track burns and churns its way to an exhaustive, life-altering climax only sweetens the deal and piques the interest of our interest.
Does that sound like hyperbole? Well, sure. But if rock 'n' roll can't stir our emotions to have emotions, what's the point, eh?

Speaking about the track, Croxton said, "That song, in particular, always stood out to me because there was no clear genre. The melody and chords came together at the same time. I wrote about hardships, desolation and demons from the past versus our recording process for this album. We definitely were trying to get some Dick Dale surf rock vibes which would normally be upbeat but it's a pretty melancholy and haunting song. Our dear friend Don Laine added some spooky synths to take this thing to a whole other level: Phantom of the Opera, surf goth/prog? I have no idea! But it's definitely our 'riding off into that neon sunset' song and has become quite a beast to play live and a very fitting closing track."

The Band had Big Pink; the Beatles, Abbey Road; Damn Jackals deserve Crooked Castle and all the delights it may afford them. - Pop Matters

""Stop N' Cop" premiere/ The Deli Magazine"

Damn Jackals celebrate EP release at Mercury tonight (04.28)

Jackals have the reputation for being sly, wild, and dangerous, so it's fitting that a Brooklyn-based noisy, garage-punk quintet would steal their name. With vocals that snarl, beats that kick and a delrious mashing of psych and punk aesthetics Damn Jackals deliver the type of garage rock that riles up crowds. On the band's latest video for new single "Stop N' Cop," singer/guitarists Beau Croxton croons his way through a surprisingly smooth melodic hook and growls through the verses with the blitzed-out filter of an am radio. This, accompanied by blistering instrumentals and visuals that reflect the playfulness of the band, make "Stop N' Cop," a track you don't want to sleep on. Keep your eyes peeled for the band's new EP "That's It" out tomorrow 4/28, and catch them live tonight at the Mercury Lounge. - Olivia Sisinni, Photo credit: Will Foster - The Deli Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



'Damn Jackals' is a Brooklyn-based, 5-piece, indie/garage rock/punk band formed by Beau Croxton (singer/guitarist) and Mike Goehler (drummer/producer).

The duo transformed Croxton's upstate home, in Rhinecliff, NY, into a DIY recording studio, dubbed the 'Crooked Castle', where the Damn Jackals' debut effort, That's It (EP), debut album "Crooked Castle, Vol I." and upcoming album "Crooked Castle, Vol ll,"  were written and recorded.

The Damn Jackals' sound is reminiscent of early 70's Bowie/T. Rex glam rock and classic punk styles of Johnny Thunders, Iggy &The Stooges, and Television, punctuated by distorted, wailing synth, guitar lines and Croxton's fuzzed out vocals.

Damn Jackals frequently feature a three piece horn section, consisting of notable touring act-alumni Carter Yasutake (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Charles Bradley), Jason Disu (David Byrne & St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem), and Noah Dreiblatt (Blitz the Ambassador). The band resides natively in Brooklyn, NYC where they perform regularly.

Damn Jackals currently recording a new EP with producer and musician Paul Ritchie (Parlor Mob, Gods)  slated for a Spring 2020 release, with a large tour and rollout in order. 

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