Evil Jake

Evil Jake

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRockPunk

Post-punk alternative psycho power pop with a shot of rockabilly & a twist of glam... think Foo Fighters meets Weezer in NYC International Touring, Airplay + thousands of Fans around the world

Biography

NYC rock legends Evil Jake reunite for their first show in almost a decade, returning to their original stomping grounds on the Lower East Side for one night only, with their longtime compatriots and NYC mainstays Frank as special guests.
After being featured on MTV, NBC, Bravo, Fuel TV, Jack Black's "School of Rock", Macy Gray’s Mountain Dew Commercial and radio stations across the country, and sharing stages in the US and Europe with the likes of The Strokes, The Bravery, and Charlie Daniels Band, Evil Jake called it quits at their peak. This is their first appearance in seven years, and the tenth anniversary of their critically acclaimed “Be My Ex-Girlfriend” record. Produced by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Army Navy, J. Mascis, Juliana Hatfield), and featuring backup vocals from Sam Endicott of The Bravery and Patti Rothberg, the album spawned the single of the same name that received airplay across the country.

x "Undeniably and Unapologetically Fun" - Switch Magazine
x "Dangerously Catchy" - Erie Times-News
x "Enough Hooks to Land a Whale" - All Music
x "Never heard of Evil Jake? Don't worry - soon they'll be one of those bands that you end up changing the radio station when their latest over-played hit comes on... " - fm sound

x USO CELEBRITY TOUR (Bosnia, Kosovo, Iceland, Norway, Austria) w/ Joan Jett, Roger Clemens & more - May 2004
x Music featured on 4 MTV series (inc. Real World & Road Rules), Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and on Fox Sports Network/Fuel TV
x #1 indie rock album on CDBaby!!!
x #1 in Power Pop, #3 in Rock on mp3.com, beating out Popa Roach, Deftones, The Offspring, and thousands of other bands
x Regular touring of the US and England
x Multiple songs licensed by MTV for primetime shows
x CMJ Charting; airplay on 100+ college stations + commercial
x completed full-length debut CD with producer Adam Lasus (Juliana Hatfield, J. Mascis, PJ Harvey, Gigolo Aunts)
x winner of Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands
x winner of the Jim Beam Rock Band Search
x selected as one of Kazaa's Top 30 Bands
x 3 songs featured on the soundtrack of Fox Sports TV Show Playground Earth (US + international viewership)
x Featured in a Macy Gray Mountain Dew Commercial; Logo/Merchandise to be featured in upcoming Jack Black movie School of Rock

"allegedly quite fun" - The Village Voice
"Never heard of Evil Jake? Don’t worry — soon they’ll be one of those bands that you end up changing the radio station when their latest over-played hit comes on..." - fm sound
"WHY AREN'T THESE GUYS SIGNED?" - Aural Fix

Evil Jake is an NYC-based melodic Rock band that puts Power back in “Power Pop”. Mixing the best of post-punk alternative psycho power pop with a shot of rockabilly and a twist of glam - or something like that - Evil Jake is already taking the world by storm.

Evil Jake is about superior pop songwriting, refined virtuosity (no shred here), and kick-ass live performances in the vintage rock style. Unlike so many of today’s so-called bands who live and die by detuned power chords and Pro Tools deception, the boys of Evil Jake can PLAY. With guitar virtuosity that’ll shake your ass while breaking your heart, backed by a rock-solid yet explosive rhythm section, Evil Jake layers and intertwines parts to create a 'veneer of sound' - no smoke, no mirrors, just great musicians playing great songs.

With a tip of the hat to the past, and a damn-the-torpedoes vision for the future, Evil Jake will make you remember just how much FUN a kick-ass band can be. With influences ranging from KISS to Motown, The Ramones to Phil Ramone, Evil Jake has been compared to a range of bands including Weezer, Foo Fighters, Elvis Costello, and The Police. The hooks, the licks and the attitude are all in place. Within months of its debut, Evil Jake was already in rotation at stations around the world, kicking butt on mp3.com, appearing on national television, and packing clubs with their vibrant form of rock.

Lyrics

Everything You'd Never Wanna Be

Written By: Mike Jacobs

A little something that you'll soon forget.
Run away, not a chance you'll feel regret.
Save me? What about you?

Walk away with the plans you're sure to kill.
Funny how you can justify at will.
Will you ever get it?

Feel the shaking, never waking,
say all your prayers cause you're everything you'd never wanna be.

Blows your mind when silver lining’s
all that you’ve got but you’re everything you’d never wanna be.

Anything just to make you feel alright.
Run away, but you can’t avoid the fight.
Save me? What about you?
I can see all the things you'll never be.
I can sell all the things you'll never see.
I can feel you shaking.

Be My Ex-Girlfriend

Written By: Michael G. Jacobs

Be My Ex- Girlfriend

You should be my, be my ex-girlfriend
No hope for the love of all time
You should be my, be my ex girlfriend
A temporary someone to say that they’re mine.

Can’t say that I’ve never had someone like you
Can’t say that there’ll never be more
I may not be able to tell you the fable
But that’s not what I’m lookin’ for

Never before has a girl just like you
Been enough for a weekend or two
I may not endeavor to tell you forever
But whatcha exp.ect for a screw?

You should be my ex-girlfriend...

I may have been damaged and often disparaged
But who hasn’t been ‘round the block
I’ll lower my standards and you’ll be the answer
For love ‘aint it all just a crock

Tonite I fall under your spell
Another a chance to kiss and tell
Tonite I fall into
The myth of me and you

And wait for you to come and fall away…

You should be my ex- girlfriend...

Kiss or Kill

Written By: Michael G. Jacobs

Kiss or Kill

I'm not anything you want
Not Anything You Need
Just Casual Admirer...
A little brush with fate I hope
Just something to observe
Hiding strange desires

I've Been Waiting for You
On My Knees Beside You
I've Been Watching Patiently

And now its... Two...
Tonight I'm gonna make it so
For the rest of your life
And I'll just wait for the time

For the chance to make things right
For the hope that something's wrong
I sit around to see you
I can see you're holding out
I can see you're holding in
Let the old wounds shine through

I've Been Waiting for You
On My Knees Beside You
I've Been Watching Needlessly

And now its... Two...
Tonight I'm gonna make it so
For the rest of your life
And I'll just wait for the time

I've Been Waiting for You
Just to Kiss or Kill You
I've Been Watching Needlessly

And now its... Two...
Tonight I'm gonna make it so
For the rest of your life
And I'll just wait for the time

Discography

Be My Ex-Girlfriend (full lenth CD) - Charted on CMJ
Music to Strip By (EP)

Set List

Typical sets are 45-65 minutes, with one or possibly two unique covers. Occasionally, we will do an extended set or two longer sets, depending on the venue, and throw in some additional covers. Our usual set list goes something like this:

Intro
Use Me
Falling Man
I Don't Think I Like You
Delaware Park
Serious
Kiss or Kill
Everything You'd Never Wanna Be
Saving Grace
Everything She Wants
She's So Lonely
Be My Ex-Girlfriend

COVER - Let's Go Crazy (Prince)
COVER - What's Love Got to Do With It (Tina Turner)
COVER - Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran)
COVER - Land Down Under (Men at Work)