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Jake Roche

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Jake Roche is a brilliant up and coming singer-songwriter who is ready to take the music industry by storm. His modest creations are simple, yet powerful as his thoughtful lyrics always blend together effortlessly with his tasteful music. Like all great artists, he has the ability to capture the wide array of human emotions and set them free. With a classic sound, he can soothe any audience with his timeless melodies. While his music seems like something you may have heard before, it’s only because someone should have already wrote this stuff. His words come alive when he sings, and his unique delivery is a welcome breathe of fresh air in the often hackneyed singer-songwriter tradition. Jake has a gift to share with the world and thankfully he is ready to embrace the challenge. Talents like him are few and far between, and as such he is poised to do great things. - Matthew Madara

In a sea of folk/rock/americana MySpacers, Jake Roche stands out a mile. Can't quite put my finger on why I like it so much. It reminds me of Maplewood, perhaps the Waterboys; it's a bit Van and quite a lot Dylan. All in all, a rather lovely thing. - Lonesome Music

"There is something going on here not often heard in the folk-rock genre. Electric, swirling guitars and organs, multiple layers of sound. Sometimes a three part vocal harmony, sometimes a lone harmonica. No two songs alike. The auditory equivalent of musical postcards.

Things stay interesting. At times it's Donovan meets The Byrds. Other times it's alt-country meets Pink Floyd. Still other times it's The Violent Femmes meets Simon and Garfunkel, and all of this clearly influenced by the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

If you are looking for originality in the folk-rock or singer/songwriter category, Jake Roche "Just Survivin'" is a must have."

Brendon Jay
Umass Review - Brendon Jay

"In a sea of folk/rock/americana MySpacers, Jake Roche stands out a mile. Can't quite put my finger on why I like it so much. It reminds me of Maplewood, perhaps the Waterboys; it's a bit Van and quite a lot Dylan. All in all, a rather lovely thing." - Lonesomemusic.blogspot.com


Just Survivin' --- Full length released Feb '07

"Can't keep my money" on WCYY Portland, Maine alternative rock radio

"Just survivin'" on WCLZ Portland, Maine adult contemporary radio



Hailed as a breath of fresh air in the folk genre by Lonesome Music's Americana/Folk blog, New England native Jake Roche reminds listeners of the folk and experimental rock traditions of the 1960's transported by new influences and production to be completely contemporary and relevant in our time. His command of lyrical poeticism, vocal harmony, and instrumental arranging ensure his place among the upper echelon of singer/songwriters. His distinct voice is at once artful and slightly dissonant while passionate and painfully vulnerable.

Jake Roche was a member of the Universal Republic recording act Jeremiah Freed. Signed right out of high school, Jeremiah Freed toured the country opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman
Brothers, Nickelback, The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and countless others. Jeremiah Freed's single "Again" reached #36 on Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. Their self-titled release met widespread critical acclaim.

Jake parted ways with Jeremiah Freed in the spring of 2004 to pursue a solo venture. He re-discovered the folk music he grew up admiring, in part inspired by the musical sharing of his grandmother, a teacher of piano for nearly twenty-five years. His debut solo effort Just Survivin' is an eclectic showcase of Roche's dynamic songwriting abilities, fueled by clever and introspective tales. Roche enlisted drummer and keyboardist Tony McNaboe (Ray Lamontagne, Rustic Overtones) and bassist Hutch Heelan (Pete Kilpatrick Band). Just Survivin' was recorded at The Halo outside of Portland, Maine with Jonathan Wyman (As fast As, Rustic Overtones, Ray Lamontagne, Jeremiah Freed, Pete Kilpatrick, and Paranoid
Social Club) at the helm.

Jake's diverse audience appreciates his uninhibited energy throughout his raging full-band rock shows and his acoustic-based and intimate performances. Jake Roche is an eloquent artist; lyrical and orchestral. New England radio stations WCYY, WUNH, and WCLZ spun Jake's singles including "Sleep", "Can't Keep My Money", "The Shady Tree Waltz", and the title cut. He also appeared on the television show 207 on a Maine NBC affiliate station. Jake has headlined at some of the area's most noteworthy venues: The Big Easy (Portland, ME), The Muddy River Smokehouse, The Blue Mermaid, and The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH), Bill's Bar (Boston, MA), and Milly's Tavern (Manchester, NH). He's also played at Lincoln Park Casino in Rhode Island and in York, ME venues Inn on the Blues and Gabby Sullivan's, where he enjoyed a summer-long residency.

Retail Outlets for Just Survivin'
Bull Moose Music

Contact Information:
Website: www.myspace.com/thejakerocheband
Email: jakeroche@gmail.com