A Q&A with The Jailbirds
Rock ‘n’ roll via Toronto, Canada – here’s Myke from The Jailbirds…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘I Will Move On’. This is a song about rising above all of the turmoil in one’s life, and finding a way around it, a way out, whatever that means to you. It is the fifth and final chapter of our concept EP, and it follows our character through their experiences on their journey to find peace. We feel that especially right now, this is a song that resonates with modern times and the feelings that a lot of people are experiencing.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
COVID! =) That was the hardest part to get around… How do you do a release without playing shows? Well, you need a TON of content to keep people interested. We made funny videos, pre-orders and some other things to make it work. But definitely, the hardest part about this release was getting around restrictions and staying safe!
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
This release was produced by Matt Grady at EMAC Studios in London, ON, CAN. He has produced all of our currently released music as well – he is fantastic! We consider Matt like another member; we just click! He was the one to take our first EP and show us what we were looking for the whole time, hahaha. He really painted the picture for our sound in the early days. And why we keep going back is because, whenever we work with him, we exceed our expectations tenfold. It just works!
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well! It will live as long as there is breath in our lungs.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Normally, we would come into rehearsal with a riff or an idea. From there, we usually create the arrangement/music first, and then lyrics and such afterwards. If any rearrangements are needed, we do that after we lay the vocals on top; sometimes you need to massage stuff once the lyrics are present. That seems to be the best way for us, and we don’t always go with that process, sometimes things just happen! And it’s important to roll with it in the moment.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
I think the #1 influence for us a band has been Monster Truck from Hamilton, ON, Canada. Not only are we all massive fans of their music and have seen them play a ton (Myke has over 60 times or so!), but Jeremy has been a huge help to us over the years. He always gives us his advice and guidance – a great dude. We really appreciate all they have done for us, and we hope to hit the stage with them soon, too!
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
I mean, we want to tour everywhere! A dream location would be Germany though… They love their rock n roll over there for sure. I once went to Germany and saw a few MT shows among others, and the culture is amazing there. Everyone just goes out to experience live music, it’s still a thing… unlike most of North America, unfortunately! Venue wise, it would be a dream come true to play at Wembley stadium, as so many of our idols have played there.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I would pick ‘Watery Grave’. It captures most elements of what we try to do; we do have heavier songs but this one is like the centre of the scope! It’s bluesy, rockin’, a little grungy, has a bunch of eerie harmonies and all that jazz, too. It’s one of our oldest songs, and it was one of those songs that just kind of fell together and has stayed the same the whole time.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
Really, our only goal with The Jailbirds is to carve out a living for ourselves, doing what we love. There’s nothing else in the world that we would rather spend our time on, and we know music to be such a powerful entity. We want to share the power and healing of music with the world!
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Thank you so much for reading, we hope to meet you someday soon!
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