Imaginary Jack

Imaginary Jack

 Stillwater, Minnesota, USA
BandAlternativeAcoustic

The “Semi-Acoustic Indie-Folk-Punk” band IMAGINARY JACK is the manifestation of two years of super-sad-suicide folk songs and two previous years of bleached-out garage rock.A significant element of the band’s sound is still deeply rooted in folk music. Each m

Biography

The self-taught, self-released, self-abusive “Semi-Acoustic Indie-Folk-Punk” band IMAGINARY JACK is the manifestation of two years of super-sad-suicide folk songs and two previous years of bleached-out garage rock. It began as a two-piece high school band called “The Kerosene Grapefruit Experience”. It was comprised of a scrawny, pale, 17-year-old Joseph Hines and an even scrawnier 16-year-old Ian Ahola. Neither of them knew anything about music and had never picked up an instrument until they decided they wanted to start a band. The result: a terrifically harsh garage rock duo hell-bent on self-destruction.
The band didn’t last long. The two neurotic teenage friends eventually drove each other so crazy and anxious that they didn’t speak for a year. Joe continued as a solo folk performer under the stage name “A Boy in the Woods”. His craft developed organically creating a unique, dark and charismatic sound.
After a few years, Joe felt the need to expand. He got together with a couple of friends from Hamline University (Dana Harper & Mark Kartarik) and made amends with Ian to create IMAGINARY JACK.

IMAGINARY JACK has been together for two years. Their entirely self-created 21-track debut album, “A Window in the Wall” was released September 2007, featuring all aspects of their sound, from dark acoustic folk stories to high-energy electric indie-punk. The album begins and ends with two spoken stories written by D.H. book-ending the 60 minute musical exploration of the human condition.

Discography

"A Window In The Wall" (LP 2007)

Set List

Imaginary Jack sets usually last between 40 minutes and an hour, playing often at Minneapolis venue The Acadia Cafe on Cedar Ave and Riverside in West Bank.
Acoustic sets are performed without drums or electric instruments. Many full-band songs are converted to acoustic instruments. These performances are where Joseph brings back songs from his solo career and audience members are able to become a closer part of Imaginary Jack’s music. Where they can hear the origins of lyrics, the story behind the music and come to understand the band’s more intimate side. This is where Imaginary Jack will first play many of their new songs and experiment with covers or renditions of older and unreleased material.
Full-band electric shows are a different experience. This is Imaginary Jack in its full spectrum, performing everything from high-energy fuzz-folk songs like “Loss of Interest” to the brutally emotional tracks like “Toxin” or “Means for the Day” to the indie-pop “Count for Something” o