River Jacks in Prince George! @ Artspace at Books and Company
June 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The RIver Jacks are hitting Prince George this summer! Local openers Far From FIrst and the Handlebars doing a special ALL AGES summer event! Artspace at Books & Company, $10 at the door. No Booze, No Drugs, No Violence! Please take your cigarettes and vapes down the street away from entrances and windows. Respect the venue, keep shows happening!
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.
They recorded their self-titled album at Arch Audio with Lorrie Matheson in summer 2013. The band promises that they have managed to produce an album that doesn’t preach or whine, so much as an album that makes you smile, then asks you to think. With their blending of punk rock aggression and folksy narrative (two genres that occasionally take themselves a little too gravely) River Jacks recognize the importance of having a good time, first and foremost.
“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.”