Terence Jack
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Terence Jack

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF | AFM

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Alternative Folk




"RARA's Rock Music Blog"

My InBox was recently gifted with a fantastic new song from Indie rocker Terence Jack. I know it’s only the Spring, but “Eastern Rise” is quite possibly the song of the year thus far in 2016.

First and foremost, the song is distinctively refreshing. It’s a piano-driven jaunt that blends many different genres of rock music. It’s an invigorating ride, 4:05 of undulating keys, sharp hooks and mesmerizing vocals.

At different times, I’m reminded of Black Keys, Drowning Men and A Silent Film – three very different bands, but all fantastic musicians doing special things. - Cretin

"Music Gets Me By"

Vancouverite Terence Jack sways with compelling story-telling and adventurous spirit. After an impressive debut Reckless Abandon, Terence continues to share his life experiences with a mighty new single Eastern Rise, taken from an upcoming EP Never Get Back.

Currently on 30-date cross Canada tour, Terence took time to speak to MGMB and introduce his music to new listeners.

Eva: Let’s start with an introduction and the so far musical journey of Terence Jack…

TJ: I started playing music around 10 or 11 years old picking up an ornamental guitar in my house. From then on I was basically in bands and writing music all the time.

Being a “solo” project now, I chose to go that route because in Vancouver everyone is in a million bands so I felt like members would come and go and it wouldn’t have to feel like a divorce. The members now have been on board for the past year and are great players and we get along swimmingly.

What’s the story behind your latest single Eastern Rise?

Eastern Rise is a mix between the history of my love life and the different personality traits that surface along the way, as well as my adult life living between Southeast Asia & Canada. The personification of each of those personalities are the characters that appear in the song and how each one of those characters takes a deep piece of you with them for life.

Your new EP Never Get Back is remarkable. How did this record come together and how do you think has your music evolved since Reckless Abandon?

It’s something that happened as I fall further down the rabbit hole. I imagine that the next record will be different as well just to keep things interesting. I co-produced the record with an old friend, Daniel Klenner (engineered on a Tourist Company record, and drummed/guitar for Hey Ocean for 5 years). We played in a band together when we were younger and have a history. I met with a lot of producers in the area, but sometimes you just have to trust your gut. Our history created a perfect safe vibe with no pressures which is the best area to create in. We played with a lot of sounds from an old drum machine, an omnichord and different muted piano sounds etc and ran it through tape. Other times it would take hours or days.

What’s your personal way of making music and what inspires you the most during song-writing?

I write music usually when I’m on the road and it just usually comes to me. Other than that I like to be put into deadline situations so I can just lock down, forget the world and do it. If I give myself a deadline then I can bang out songs. When songs get to the recording process I’m always open to change to whatever serves the song. I think not being to hard on yourself in the original layout/lyrics is key and always being open to changing. I really like to collaborate on songs as well and hope to do more of that for the next record.

Which musicians influenced your work the most?

I grew up on The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin. I feel my music has a more modern twist than that, but their ability to write great pop songs while taking the listener through crazy soundscapes and arrangements really resonated with me.

In a more recent sense, I’ve been listening to a lot of Bon Iver. I think Justin Vernon is a musical genius and if he comes to Vancouver I’ll be the bearded guy camping out overnight in front of ticketmaster to make sure I snag front row tickets.

You are currently on tour across Canada. What’s your favourite part of being on the road?

My favourite part about being on the road is seeing old faces that I haven’t seen in years. There’s no time for small talk so the fluff is cut and it’s straight to the point.

What’s your personal view on today’s music industry and what’s your own philosophy on being a part of it?

I think we’re in an interesting time where no one truly knows the direction the industry is headed. We’ve reluctantly given into the fact that the CD is dead, however vinyl is making a huge comeback, but yet most people listen to music through streaming. From an artists’ point of view, there’s just so much music so easily accessible to anyone at any given time, so how you stand out from everyone else is a creative process that many artists are starting to tap into.

Despite all that, I do feel my philosophy is that hard work will get you to where you need to go, in all aspects of the industry. For example, you need to put as much work into writing great songs as you do into making sure the business side of things are operating strongly.

Now let’s finish with a favourite quote of yours…

Shit. Well that’s tough without being terribly cliché. Ugh maybe something from Dylan.

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” – Bob Dylan - Eva Kora

"Sound Chips"

When “Eastern Rise” opens on a blindingly glaring interstellar landing pad, you aren’t sure what you might get. Terence Jack and company then turn a sharp corner armed with striking guitars and booming drums. And the dirty bass groove that’s utilized, are you kidding? That’s classic rock ‘n’ roll punch right there.

You can tell the track was influenced by Jack’s trek across the globe, as it contains a wandering vagabond love at first sight mood to the lyrics. As anyone who’s spent a lot of time traveling might be willing to admit, some questionable choices happen, but every now and then, an angel will appear.

Rendering itself onto the listener as a behemoth of indie power pop rock, Jack’s rattling lower fidelity vocals add shaky passion to the track. Sometimes things seem conversational, but you can feel the energy bleeding forth. It’s an energy that we’re sure will be present on his upcoming EP. - Joey Smith


Terence Jack - 2 Singles

Release Date: March 2016 + Octo 1, 2016

Label: Independent

Distributor: Self-Distribution

Producer:   Co-produced: Daniel Klenner, Terence Jack Hermiston       

Mastering Facility: Brock McFarland @ CPS Mastering


  1. Eastern Rise (1st single)

  2. Errors (2nd single)



Terence Jack emerges with an energetic and refreshingly authentic sound on EP Never Get Back. Never Get Back is driven with a West Coast rock energy, calmness, and integrity that comes from his road-worn travels. The EP is packed with epic dynamics, big builds, and heartfelt stories, presenting Terence Jack at his strongest to date. It’s a hooky album with a polished sound, yet it never looses its inherent rawness and honesty.


The EP opens with the punchy “Eastern Rise”, an instrumentally rich alternative rock anthem filled with undulating keys, a rock gospel groove, and a nod to classical rock ‘n’ roll. The movement and spirit of a life on the road are woven into Terence Jack’s songs.  Never Get Back moves between catchy pop numbers (“Errors”, “She Flies Down South”) with choral swells, cascading guitar riffs and danceable beats to the more introspective numbers (“Lay It On The Line”, “Never Get Back”) where Terence Jack’s soulful timbre and flourishes become wrapped in a polished wave of synths and intricate guitar melodies.  The triumphant anthems are as dynamic as the quieter, more introspective songs. It’s a balancing act and Terence Jack makes it look easy.


Being no stranger to the road, Terence Jack’s travels have informed his writing and the transformative nature within his music. Terence Jack has played to audiences across the country alongside The Arkells, The Matinée, Plants & Animals, and Black Lips. Terence Jack has performed at Otalith Music Festival (2015), Squamish Valley Music Festival (2015 + 2014), Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival (2014), Stanley Parks 125th Birthday Festival (2013) as well as solo across Canada on VIA Rail’s Artist on Board program (2015).


Terence Jack and producer Daniel Klenner (We Are The City, Hey Ocean, Tourist Company) experimented with new tones and grooves for Never Get Back. Terence Jack’s band: Jeremy Appleton (bass), Cam Stephens (drums), Djavin Bowen (keys); has an infectious energy, and luckily, the record does the live show a good deal of justice- the band genuinely sounds like they’re having fun together. Their no-nonsense approach emanates from their performances and the album alike.


After a busy spring touring Never Get Back coast-to-coast across Canada, Terence Jack enjoyed a busy 2016 summer festival season playing at: Oliver Sunshine Festival, HIATUS Music Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, Edge of the World Festival, Rogue Fest, Lillooet Harvest Festival, and Rifflandia Music Festival. As the days get shorter, Terence Jack will head back to the studio to work on writing his next full-length record, due for release in 2017 with the support of a European tour.


Come get sweaty, feel a heart pour all over you and share some earnest rock ‘n’ roll endorphins with Terence Jack.

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