Jakob is a New Zealand post-rock band, based in Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The band consists of guitarist Jeff Boyle; bassist Maurice Beckett; and drummer Jason Johnston. They have been compared to such bands as Mogwai, Sonic Youth, Sigur Ros & ISIS, though they largely eschew any vocals or samples in their songs.
At times putting the post- into rock, and at others kicking the whole bloody fence down, Jakob’s lush and textured take on the guitar/bass/drums format continues to broaden and enthrall with every performance and release. Their music is captivating and mesmerizing, the sedate becoming devastating in the blink of a crowd’s collective eye. Echoing the graduated inclines and unexpected progressions found in their music and the expansive landscapes of their surroundings, this Napier three-piece has developed consistently, if sometimes unpredictably, since their formation in 1998.
Since that time Jakob have connected listeners the world over with their cascading crescendos, performing at South By Southwest 2005 (one of the Austin Chronicle’s picks of the festival), Headlining Denmark’s Forma Nova Festival, showing their wares across the Tasman several times including playing alongside Australia’s equivalent of NZ rock heroes hero’s Shihad, Cog and touring the UK, Europe and USA extensively supporting the likes of Isis, Pelican, and The Hidden Hand along the way.
Not that the band hasn’t left audiences around New Zealand enthralled – notable shows around the country include Big Day Out appearances in consecutive years, performing at The Mercury Rising and Rhythm & Vines festivals, a tour playing with former Can front man Damo Suzuki, and support slots with US acts Thrice & ISIS. Jakob was the hand picked support for prog-rock greats TOOL on their Big Day Out sideshows late Jan, early Feb of 2011.
- text and images courtesy www.jakob.co.nz