River Jacks are the kind of band that can’t help but breed nostalgia; their ever prevalent punk rock roots make you want to raise your pint and look back on the days when there was no such thing as an early night and certainly no morning meetings. There was just music that made you want to put your arm around the person beside you and sing along until sunrise. Perhaps this warm fuzzy feeling is partially due to the fact that the gentlemen of River Jacks are from bands that we used to share those ever fleeting moments with.
“It’s got to be the death of art to take yourself seriously,” says songwriter Spencer Jo. “As soon as I start really focusing on writing emails, trying to meet the right people and trying to write songs that are going to appeal to somebody, it starts sucking my soul out. I think the essence of the River Jacks is: We’re doing what we love and we’re going to have fun god dammit.”
With that in mind Spencer does point out that despite River Jacks having an upbeat attitude, there is still room for a message within their music: “Writing lyrics is like getting bad mojo out and there’s a lot to say about the society that we live in. We have fun in a creative way, expressing our discontent.” (Cobra Collins, BeatRoute)
Location: Calgary, AB