Jet Black Alley Cat
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Jet Black Alley Cat

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Rock

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Jan
09
Jet Black Alley Cat @ Pianos

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jan
08
Jet Black Alley Cat @ Arlene's Grocery

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jan
07
Jet Black Alley Cat @ Leftfield

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

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"JET BLACK ALLEY CAT's New Music Video 'ROXY'"

Jet Black Alley Cat is undeniably rad. From their moniker to their new track “Roxy”, the coolness seems to have no bounds. Naturally, the Miami nightlife vibes in the video for “Roxy” are no exception. Haven’t seen it yet? You can check it out below.

Indie pop at its finest, the quintet calls Nashville home and has been featured everywhere from Journey’s stores to mtvU. The band hits the road this month, so check out dates here, then watch “Roxy” below! - Idobi


"Inside The Dope, Sexy Vibe of Jet Black Alley Cat"

When you think of the archetypal indie band from Nashville, you probably picture some semblance of a grungy group of dudes with a couple of guitars – the guys who spend late nights at the local dive bar where they’re likely over-hyped and over-glorified by other pseudo-hipsters for their Americana lyrics and IDGAF attitudes.

This is not Jet Black Alley Cat.

You won’t find them at Mickey’s or Red Door on a Friday night because they’re most likely practicing or in the studio. While so many other bands in town ultimately spiral downhill in a whiskey and marijuana-hazed search for fame, Jet Black Alley Cat is busy actually becoming famous.

“I think it’s simply that our mindset is different,” lead singer Joe Wilkinson said. “We aren’t just writing songs. We’re creating and expressing an identity. Everything we do, from the smallest details to bigger ones, is done with that purpose.”

Since their inception in 2014, JBAC has been featured on MTV, Music Ninja and were picked as a Wells Adams favorite on Lightning 100 and have also been played in countless Journeys stores across the country. The band is comprised of Wilkinson on vocals, Bryant Lowry on drums, Christian Harrison and Zach Douglas on guitar and Cristofer Johnson on bass.

Their sound isn’t anything like other indie bands in Nashville, or even in the U.S. for that matter. A blend of “vintage/pop/rock/groove,” JBAC writes songs that are often as catchy as they are meaningful. Not quite Panic at the Disco but not quite Justin Timberlake, JBAC’s songs are a groovy mix of nostalgia, dance and sexual fantasy.

“For us, our music is essentially a soundtrack to our lives right now,” Wilkinson said. “Love, loss, youth, freedom and feeling cool.”

Take their song “Poison,” for instance. The single was played on MTV in 2014 when it was released, its lyrics are a mix of party vibes and sexuality that urges you to let loose on a Friday night. When Wilkinson sings, “Will my momma ever forgive me?” you want to join the fun no matter what mom might say. (My mom loves JBAC, for the record.)

Electric Raazors -a sexy tune about going overdrive with a lover – was played in Journeys stores across America last year. With their latest single and music video, “Roxy,” a Miami Vice-like vibe evolves their sound into something more refined.

“When we were in the process of writing and recording ‘Roxy,’ we learned a lot about each other and ourselves,” Wilkinson said. “It was definitely our most trying song we’ve faced as a young band. From the sounds to the lyrics to the structure, it was a challenge getting it right.”

The song follows a girl named Roxy, a wild-hearted beauty with attitude and class, as she roams the streets of Miami. The video, directed by Jason Berg, is vivid; a cinematic take on late nights, sex, fashion and emotion.

On July 9 at Little Harpeth Brewing Company, JBAC is hosting an intimate show of only 50 people to debut their JET BLACK Summer creation, a spin on their songs that will showcase what it means to live “Jet Black.”

“It’s about all the feelings felt and vibes that accompany this time of year,” Wilkinson said. “This is our version of a special summer night. The people who get one of the 50 tickets will be a part of our first expression of the JET BLACK summer idea.”

At the show they’ll debut their new song “Golden,” a summer track that has a smoother, sexier vibe than anything they’ve done before.

“It’s simply the idea of girls craving a high-class, high-fashion lifestyle,” Wilkinson said. “A golden way of life, love and material. It’s a pop tune for sure. Probably our first real pop song since ‘Poison.’ It’s anthemic. It’s colorful.”

Jet Black Alley Cat is not your typical Nashville indie band, because they’re hyper-aware of their brand, identity and style, and they create it authentically using the same team of people that have been with them since their inception.

“We have this continued desire to create something special,” Wilkinson said. “We just want to create gorgeous moments for each person who listens to us.”

See Jet Black Alley Cat live on Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at Little Harpeth Brewing Company, located at 30 Oldham St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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Samantha Hearn is a journalist and photographer living in Nashville, Tenn. She can be reached at sam@samanthahearn.com or on Twitter @samanthahearn. - Noble


"All The Way From Nashville, TN, JET BLACK ALLEY CAT Blew New York City Away"

On a Saturday night mission to find what was next in the New York City music scene, we stumbled across something amazing at the very well-known Lower East Side venue, Pianos. We had no idea who would be playing that night or what genres were in store for us but all it took was simply seeing the name of the opening band on the night's bill - Jet Black Alley Cat. After heading upstairs to the second stage of the venue we sat down, ordered some drinks and prepared ourselves to hear exactly what this group was about. When vocalist Joe Wilkinson ran through some vocal warm-ups the entire floor stood attention to see what was in store, and needless to say, they put on one of the best shows we saw that night.

Coming out of Nashville, Tennessee on a tour stop in New York City, the self-proclaimed "Vintage-Pop/Rock-Groove" group had the crowds dancing with every song and jumping with every snare beat. We were hypnotized throughout the entire performance by the powerful echoing vocals, the catchy melodies, and the unique indie/dance vibes that were reminiscent of late night dance clubs, crowded venues at 2AM, and roaming the streets after leaving the bar. Their latest single, ROXY, especially caught our attention. The group truly comes together on this one in every way between the narrative lyrics and vintage electric sounds. Not only is this radio quality music, it's what Top 40 music should aspire to be.

The five-piece band consists of Joe on vocals, Zach Douglas and Christian Harrison on guitar, Cristofer Johnson on bass, with Bryant Lowry on drums. Catch them on tour June 4th at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA and June 13th at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ. Watch their premier film for ROXY below: - Fox and King


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Nashville-based band Jet Black Alley Cat formed in
mid-2014. In a short period of time, they have been
featured on mtvU, MTV Latin America, and other media
outlets. Releasing one song and film at a time, Jet Black
Alley Cat has seen steady growth in their early career.


A collection of youth and fresh perspective drives the
band to its VINTAGE, POP, ROCK sound. Jet Black just
wrapped up a 20 date tour supporting Rookie of the
Year, and they already have multiple future dates in
place across the East and Southeast. Groove. 

Band Members