Jác

Jác

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkWorld

Jác is a folk music group that delivers slightly unconventional pop songwriting through the influence of European, Latin, and American stylings. Utilizing an array of primarily folk instruments, the result is an undeniably unique and provocative sound that is extremely accessible.

Biography

Jác is a folk music group that delivers slightly unconventional pop songwriting through the influence of European, Latin, and American stylings. Utilizing an array of primarily folk instruments, including accordion, ukelele, mandolin, brass, woodwinds, and violin, in addition to a more conventional core of guitar, keys, bass, drums, and group vocals, the band strives to produce a unique and provocative sound that is extremely accessible. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the band is continually looking for opportunities to broaden its reach to play in new places and build a strong and diverse fan base.

Chief songwriter and founder Ritchie Monteiro formed Jác behind the inspiration of years of admiration of folk and world music, wanting to put his own twist on it to make a unique yet still pop-friendly sound. The group is entirely composed of multi-instrumentalists, all with different musical backgrounds and influences both classic and contemporary. Some of these influences include icons such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Paul Simon, most of the music from the 90s, along with more classical and world influences like Yann Tiersen, Kocani Orkestar, Zlatne Uste Brass Band, and Jorge Ben respectively. The band has been spoken about in the same breathe as current projects such as Beirut, The Decemberists, Neutral Milk Hotel, Calexico, DeVotchKa, Sufjan Stevens, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Andrew Bird whom are also very influential to us.

Drawing from so many diverse musical influences allows the group to conduct live performances that are varied in tone and style from one song to the next, constantly engaging the audience with different moods at every chance. By Monteiro’s side, members Tommy Millet, Katie Campo, Bobby Hackimer, and Todd Stambaugh continue to expand their range of musical abilities to keep the band evolving and progressing. Currently working on recording new music and a fresh online identity, the band plans on having a very busy 2012 revolving around saturating our closest Metropolitan scenes with our sound, as well as touring outside of that as much as possible to broaden our reach and expand our fan-base.

Discography

Our proudest accomplishment as a band happened last March, when our music video for the song "Polar Bear Trophy" was selected to and played first out of 25 at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. During our visit to support the video, we were able to also play a show at this amazing event!

Our debut full length and only current recorded product, "A Dull and Brilliant Life", available to listen on our EPK, has definitely garnered the attention of many listeners in New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia.

We have received radio airplay on 90.3 The Core in Piscataway, NJ as part of Rutgers University radio, and we are working through the process currently with other pertinent local and student radio stations.

We are currently working on recording new music.

Set List

Paciencia
Three Elements
Fashion
Last Night Was Her Last Night
A to Z
Polar Bear Trophy
God's Angels Wear Tuxedos
I Lost Myself in the Heart of a Marauder
Swing
Two a Day
This Woman the Traitor