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The Static Jacks on Daytrotter

Whilst on their tour of the US and Canada in November last year, The Static Jacks recorded a session for the legendary Daytrotter in San Francisco.

The LFC 7″ single tracks, “Into The Sun” and “Mercy, Hallelujah”, are both included, the latter an alternative take “played like The Smashing Pumpkins would”. Honouring their New Jersey roots, short covers The Misfits and Bruce Springsteen also made the cut, as did a couple of other tracks from their debut full-length “If You’re Young”.

Listen to the session in full here, and watch out for one from Channel Cairo coming soon, which was recorded at Daytrotter’s new studio in London’s Crouch End last month.

The Static Jacks: EU Tour Feb 2012 *UPDATED*

Following on from our announcement a few weeks back that The Static Jacks would be touring Europe this month, they’ve added several new dates in both the UK and on the continent.

As before, the run includes three dates supporting The Wombats, which will make TSJ the first LFC Records band to play at the O2 Academy in Brixton, and now there are also shows supporting Band Of Skulls (at London’s XOYO), as well as fellow countrymen Grouplove (in Brighton) and Howler (in Paris).

The band are on the road to promote their debut full-length, “If You’re Young”, which is out through Fearless Records on 5 March. The double A-sided 7″ vinyl of “Into The Sun” / “Mercy, Hallelujah” (which we put out late last year) will be on sale on the tour, or you can pick one up before it all kicks off, from our shop.

Check out this video of the band finishing their set at Koko in November with “Into The Sun”:

The Static Jacks: 7″ release party at The Social, Monday 28 November

The Static Jacks – “Into The Sun” official video / 7″ pre-order / UK dates / Amazing Radio play

Hope you all had a good weekend, and if you came down to see Deep Sea Arcade on Friday, thank you. It was great fun. This morning, we’ve got a lot of news about our next 7″ release from New Jersey’s greatest band The Static Jacks. We’ve give it to you bit by bit, here goes:

The official video to the A-side of the single “Into The Sun” is now out, and you can watch it in all its glory above. Like all great music videos, we think it adds an extra dimension to an already very strong, fist-pumping track. Have a look and see what you think.

The 7″ vinyl (“Into The Sun” b/w the Made In Chelsea featuring “Mercy, Hallelujah”), out on 28 November, is now available to pre-order from the Laissez Faire Club shop. There are only 300 copies being pressed, and the first 50 will come with an exclusive, unique photograph taken by the band on their tour with The Wombats across the US & Canada – which is still in progress as we speak. You might get a picture of them partying with Murph backstage in Ohio. It might be an open road in Arkansas, or an all-American diner in Louisiana. We don’t know, and we’re as excited as anyone to get hold of one. It’s Ebay gold if nothing else.

UK dates! Yes, the band are making their first ever trip across the pond later this month to promote the aforementioned release, and will play the following:

Thursday 24 November
– 100 Club w/ Eagulls, Mazes

Friday 25 November – Club NME @ Koko w/ The Dancers

Saturday 26 November – O2 Academy, Bristol w/ Alabama 3

Monday 28 November – LFC night @ The Social (Single Launch Party) w/ Ice Black Birds, Fractures TICKETS / TICKET + SEVEN INCH BUNDLE DEAL

And finally, “Into The Sun” will be making its national radio debut on Charlie Ashcroft’s ‘Audition’ show on Amazing Radio this afternoon, at 1300 GMT. It’ll be repeated on Sunday 13 November, at 1600 GMT. After today’s show, listeners can vote for their favourite track, and the one with most votes will make the station’s main playlist. So, you know, be sure to head over to the site (or send a Tweet to Charlie saying how much you love the song) and do the right thing.

The Static Jacks – “Into The Sun” (Live video)

The Static Jacks – Into The Sun from Cory McConnell on Vimeo.

Check out a video for The Static Jacks‘ “Into The Sun” comprised of live footage from their very recent gig (25 October) supporting The Wombats in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It possesses an energy that makes us very excited for their UK dates next month. Stay tuned for announcements regarding those, as well as the 7″ pre-order, in the coming week.

Q&A with Andrew Maury of RAC

Andrew Maury is a New York City based producer, live sound engineer and remixer, who’s come to prominence in the indie-rock world over the last few years due to his work with some great and exciting new artists within the genre.

Alongside working front-of-house for bands like Ra Ra Riot and Givers, Andrew produces bands and also remixes tracks under the RAC (Remix Artist Collective) banner.

Our paths have crossed over the last twelve months due to his involvement with three of the four bands currently signed to our singles label – The Collectable Few, Channel Cairo and The Static Jacks.

All bands have had the “RAC Maury Mix” treatment, with Andrew’s interpretation of The Collectable Few’s “Headstrong” being officially released by us this past January (he also mixed the original version, which was the lead track). Andrew is credited on production duties for The Static Jacks’ 2009 EP, “Laces”, and continues to work with The Collectable Few on their latest recordings. His most recent remix is of The Static Jacks’ “Into The Sun”, which premiered on Rolling Stone’s web-site on 29 September. The original version will see the light of day in the UK through us next month (click here for full details on that).

With all this in common (and seemingly seeing eye-to-eye about up and coming guitar bands) we thought we ought to find out a bit more about the man and his modus operandi…

LFC: How did you first get into live sound, music production and remixing?

Andrew: Each of those paths started at different points, but are all certainly related. I grew up playing guitar in bands through middle school and high school. I was the guy who had the PA system and kind of “ran” the band events. I even directed my high school talent show! Music, sound, and stage have always been in my blood. Things took shape during college when I became friends with Ra Ra Riot and their manager, Josh Roth. I went to Syracuse University, which is where Ra Ra Riot formed and were playing house parties during their senior year. They graduated in 2006 and started touring and making a name for themselves.

Around the same time, I was still in college and had just discovered RAC. After some net surfing, I deduced that a guy named André Anjos was behind it. He was remixing in a style I had never heard or imagined… his arrangements were so original and inventive, using the original tracks of the song in new contexts which were so exciting and concise. I decided to take a stab at remixing a Ra Ra Riot song (given that I was friends with them and had easy access to their studio tracking). I cold emailed André the first draft of my remix and we kind of hit it off. I dug up a few other remix gigs for myself, and within about 3 months André asked me if I wanted to join RAC and team up with him. Since then, the platform for which I procure remixes has been entirely fueled by my association with RAC and the reputation we’ve been building over the years.

By the time I graduated college in 2008, Ra Ra Riot had just put out their first album, and they gave me a shot at doing live sound for their headlining tour. It was trial by fire at first, but I’ve been with them for just over 3 years now and I’ve learned the ropes pretty quickly. New challenges still present themselves as we continue to play larger and larger venues. I’ve been fortunate to have met dozens of bands on the road – some leading to other opportunities to mix front of house. In addition to Ra Ra Riot, I tour pretty consistently with GIVERS and have done a few one-off shows for Surfer Blood in NYC where I live.

Producing, recording, and mixing records is yet another tangent. Given all the experience remixing and doing live sound, it was becoming obvious to me that I also wanted to make records with bands. I had some experience dabbling in self-recording during college, and had taken a few courses related to audio recording. I even had a brief internship at a Brooklyn recording studio called Headgear before I started touring. But it all really started in 2009 off the heels of a tour with Ra Ra Riot when we were opening for Death Cab For Cutie. I became friends with DCFC guitarist Chris Walla, who is also a highly esteemed engineer and producer. After talking shop the whole tour, Chris asked me to come to LA for 2 weeks and be the Logic operator for Tegan & Sara’s Sainthood. It was kind of the the coolest thing that ever happened to me… here I was at the world famous Sound City Studios with Chris, Tegan and Sara, their guitarist Ted Gowans, and Jason McGerr who was drumming on the record. Seeing and hearing a REAL record being made. I was running the computer while Chris and Howard Redekopp were producing and engineering the session. I learned so much so fast. It got my lexicon and studio etiquette up to speed.

That summer, I bought a 16 channel recording interface, some monitors, some microphones, and hit the ground running. Pulling from the network I had built remixing and touring, I ended up recorded and mixing the Laces EP for The Static Jacks, mixing The House Floor’s Warship, and mixing Kisses’ The Heart of the Nightlife. Later in the year, I went into the studio with Ra Ra Riot to engineer and co-produce their sophomore album, The Orchard.

For the past two years I’ve had a pretty exciting, steady stream of work touring, remixing, mixing, and recording!

LFC: What projects are you working on right now?

Andrew: This summer has been a lot of touring with GIVERS and Ra Ra Riot, but I’ve recently been wrapping up the mixing for the forthcoming Princeton record, which I recorded with them last summer. Its totally, totally unbelievable and I couldn’t be more proud of it. I’ve also been mixing some early recordings for The Collectable Few. I can’t get enough of them… they hit the nail on the head for so many of my influences and favorite music. I’m really hoping to continue to work with them in the future. They are special. I finished up a bunch of remixes for various artists recently too.

LFC: To the uninitiated, what exactly is RAC and what do they do?

Andrew: RAC is a team of three people who create music: André Anjos, Karl Kling, and myself. Our platform for work has largely been remixing for the last 4 years. We pride our remixes on a sonic brand we’ve developed. I think its safe to say that you know an RAC remix when you hear one. Much to our surprise and excitement, the RAC reputation has grown fast. We tend to remix indie/rock artists… like Tokyo Police Club, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Shins, Surfer Blood, Phoenix, etc. Early on we did a lot of remixes for smaller unsigned bands, but have been moving into doing larger acts. RAC also has a touring DJ component, which André and Karl do together. They have been DJing some huge shows recently! We are also looking to start producing records at a certain point. The future is bright for RAC.

LFC: What do you try to achieve in a remix?

Andrew: If its a band that’s hired me to remix a song, I often listen to the original once or twice before I start the remix to refresh myself with the melodies and highlights. Then I’ll drop all the multi-track files into Logic and just go. I’m always attempting to reinvent the song while still paying homage to the original. The magic in remixing comes from striking a balance between using the original multi-track and recording my own newly composed tracks. It gets to a point where I’m interacting with the song, and it actually feels as though it starts to write itself. I sometimes will listen back to the original song days after I’ve been immersed in my remix, and I’ll be shocked how strangely different the original feels. If anything, I try to invent a whole new world for the song.

LFC: Do you have a favourite RAC Maury Mix?

Andrew: I don’t think I could pick one, but my top 5 are:

Lenka – Trouble Is A Friend
Lacrymosa – Good At Heart
Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
Phoenix – 1901
aaaaaaand… a remix that releases october 24 for a rather huge artist which I’m VERY excited about!

LFC: What are the ups and downs of a career in sound engineering?

Andrew: Ups: incredible fun. The work is so rewarding. For me, the career is doing what I can’t get enough of anyway. You meet hundreds of cool people every year. Some of the people you meet are rather famous, and may even be people you grew up inspired by.

Downs: its extremely competitive and difficult work. Self-imposed neurosis levels can be pretty intense. When you are mixing a live show in front of 1200 people, or recording a band with a large reputation, or mixing a record which will be the thing that the artist and public will hear forever, the stakes can feel really high.

LFC: What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into your field?

Andrew: Get in tune with your opinions on music. Get inspired by records and sounds you love. Learn to separate what’s amateur and what’s pro. Go to shows. Meet as many people as you can. Be the nicest person you can be. Email young bands who you believe in. Impress people with your work. Take pride in your work. Take risks!

LFC: Who are the bands or artists most exciting you at the moment?

Andrew: I recently got into Dutch Uncles’ new album Cadenza and Little Dragon’s Machine Dream. I’ve also been on an extended kick loving Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Working with bands is probably the most exciting though… feeling like you have a hand in creating something that others will learn about and discover. The Collectable Few tracks and this Princeton record I’m wrapping up fall in that category.

The Collectable Few – Headstrong (RAC Maury Mix) by RAC

Channel Cairo – Twenty (RAC Maury Mix) by RAC

The Static Jacks – Into The Sun (RAC Maury Mix) by RAC

MP3: The Collectable Few – Headstrong (RAC Maury Mix)
MP3: Channel Cairo – Twenty (RAC Maury Mix)
MP3: The Static Jacks – Into The Sun (RAC Maury Mix)

LFC004: The Static Jacks – “Into The Sun” / “Mercy, Hallelujah”

We’re very excited to officially announce our fourth and latest signing to the Laissez Faire Club singles label: Westfield, New Jersey’s The Static Jacks.

After introducing them to you via this blog back in May, we’re pleased to be able to bring you their first ever UK release, which will be a double A-sided 7″ single (limited to just 300 copies) featuring the hard and fast, hooky as hell, festival smash in waiting “Into The Sun” and the Cure-channeling “Mercy, Hallelujah”. The record is expected to hit the shelves of all good independent record stores in late November.

Both tracks are taken from their recently released (and to date, critically acclaimed) full length “If You’re Young”, which came out in the States through Fearless Records at the end of August (and should see the light of day in the UK at some point in 2012).

The band are about to embark on a mammoth US tour with The Wombats and The Postelles (if you live in any of these cities, perhaps head on down), and we expect to announce some UK shows very soon indeed. Keep checking back for any such developments. In the meantime, listen to the single in full below, and watch two very different versions of the lead track.

Introducing: The Static Jacks

We’re not sure why New Jersey garage-rock quartet The Static Jacks have to date not featured on these pages. In any case, there’s no time like the present, and with the fresh-faced, all-American four piece set to release their debut long player “If You’re Young” on 30 August in the States (through Fearless), this is probably as good a time as any to shout about them.

If you like your indie rock uncomplicated, impassioned and hook filled, you’ll most likely enjoy TSJ. Think The Clash, The Libertines, The Paddingtons and The Cribs with an American twist, or early Strokes. Vocalist Ian Devaney’s sing-it-like-you-mean-it, up-and-at-’em growl lures the listener in from the outset, before the water-tight musicianship and hooks bowl you over and leave you wanting more after the songs clock in at around three minutes (if that).

The band have been making waves on their native East Coast for a little while now, playing all the right shows: support slots with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Tokyo Police Club, The Futureheads and Young The Giant, as well as appearances at SXSW and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2010. A self-released, Andrew Maury produced EP in early 2010 contained a sure fire hit in ‘My Parents Lied’, no doubt keeping them on the radar of many an Internet tastemaker.

One suspects they’re building up a solid grass roots following at their side of the pond, before taking the show over to the UK and Europe later on this year (we’ll be keeping an eye out for any such news). In the meantime, check out ‘Girl Parts’, a free download they’ve just dished up, which features Ceci Gomez of Brooklyn punk outfit Beast Make Bomb on guest vocals, and is also a first taste of what to expect from their aforementioned debut album.

Girl Parts by thestaticjacks

MP3: The Static Jacks – Girl Parts
MP3: The Static Jacks – Into The Sun (demo)

Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007