Los Angeles’ THE JACKS--Jonny Stanback (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tom Hunter (lead guitar, vocals), Scott Stone (bass guitar, vocals), Josh Roossin (drums/percussion)—will keep their love of hockey going into the off season, as they’ve been tapped to perform as the on-stage band at the 2019 NHL Awards. The ceremony is set to take place on Wednesday, June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It will air on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and will be hosted by Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”).
Throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Jacks’ music was chosen to be heard during game broadcasts, highlight reels, and commercial bumpers. A promo highlighting the sights and sounds from the Conference Finals aired throughout the playoffs. Check out the promo, here.
Earlier this year, the band was tapped to perform at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game with the Boston Bruins vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, which was held at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. on January 1. They documented their time at the event on their YouTube page.
“We’ve worked with the NHL during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NHL Winter Classic and we’re thrilled our music could be a part of enhancing the upcoming games, events and highlighting all of the best moments that had happened so far,” says THE JACKS.
THE JACKS will release their self-titled debut EP June 28 on EDGEOUT Records/UMe, the label is spearheaded by veteran music executive Tony Guanci who signed an exclusive global deal for the new label with UMG. The first single, “Walk Away,” is available now all digital retail outlets. A lyric video for the song is streaming now on the band’s official YouTube page.
“We are not a rock band, we are a rock n’ roll band.” THE JACKS stand by that claim, thanks to a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with Southern Rock. To blend those influences seamlessly, the band joined forces with legendary producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5, Blackberry Smoke) and mixer Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Hozier) at Los Angeles' famed Sunset Sound Recorders.
The mix of songs on the EP is fitting since THE JACKS got their name from a fan telling them that they were "jacks of all trades" when it came to playing different styles and blending their songs with those of their idols at their early concerts, and each of these tracks shows off a different side of the ensemble. From the hard-edged rockers to the more melodic numbers, you can hear how the band members have poured their hearts into each of the songs.