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After being featured on MTV, NBC, Bravo, Fuel TV, Jack Black's "School of Rock", and radio stations across the country, and sharing stages in the US and Europe with the likes of The Strokes, The Bravery, and Charlie Daniels Band, Evil Jake called it quits at their peak. This is their first appearance in nearly a decade, and the tenth anniversary of their critically acclaimed “Be My Ex-Girlfriend” record. Produced by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Army Navy, J. Mascis, Juliana Hatfield), and featuring backup vocals from Sam Endicott of The Bravery, the album spawned the single of the same name that received airplay across the country.

Evil Jake is an NYC-based melodic Rock band that puts Power back in “Power Pop”.  Mixing the best of post-punk alternative psycho power pop with a shot of rockabilly and a twist of glam - or something like that - Evil Jake is already taking the world by storm.  With a demo recorded for $500: 

  • 100k downloads, #1 in Power Pop, #3 in Rock on mp3.com!!!

  • #1 indie rock album on CDBaby, the #2 seller of indie CDs (behind Amazon)

  • Music to be featured on 2 MTV series and on Fox Sports Network/Fuel TV in September

  • National Radio Promotion with Planetary Group

  • 14 city UK tour June 2003, US tour Sept-Nov. 2003

  • Logo/Merchandise to be featured in upcoming Jack Black movie School of Rock

  • just finished debut full length CD w/ producer Adam Lasus (Juliana Hatfield, Gigolo Aunts, Madder Rose)

  • selected as one of Cornerband / Kazaa's Top 30 Bands

  • winner of the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands

  • winner of the Jim Beam Rock Band Search

  • 3 songs featured on the soundtrack of Fox Sports TV Show Playground Earth (US + international viewership)

  • Featured in a Macy Gray Mountain Dew Commercial

The lineup:

  • Mike Jacobs, guitar/vocals –  Fixture on the East Coast music scene on the 00s.  Founding member of top NYC Power Pop band The Pasties and has been called a "Guitar Virtuoso" by the national press, which has covered his work since his precocious club days at age 15. Mike has shared the stage with Charlie Daniels Band, The Strokes, The Bravery, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Jared Scharff (Saturday Night Live), John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen), Josh Dodes (Marc Cohn, Maceo Parker), Sarth Calhoun (Metallica, Lou Reed), and countless others.

  • David Leatherwood, bass - Member of several major label bands, including Patti Rothberg, Puracane, and Mach Five. Opened for Depeche Mode, Aerosmith, Sting, Duran Duran, Live & Fuel.

  • Adam Fischel, drums – From the Debbie Gibson band. No, not kidding there. He’s awesome. Also played with the Jersey Boys

  • Aaron Trubic, guitar - Session player extraordinaire, played on countless recording with the likes of Akon, Outkast, Sonia Leigh, The Wheeler Boys, Tinsley Ellis, and Roy Lee Johnson (James Brown).

Evil Jake is about superior pop songwriting, refined virtuosity (no shred here), and kick-ass live performances in the vintage rock style.  Unlike so many of today’s so-called bands who live and die by detuned power chords and Pro Tools deception, the boys of Evil Jake can PLAY.  With guitar virtuosity that’ll shake your ass while breaking your heart, backed by a rock-solid yet explosive rhythm section, Evil Jake layers and intertwines parts to create a 'veneer of sound' - no smoke, no mirrors, just great musicians playing great songs.

With a tip of the hat to the past, and a damn-the-torpedoes vision for the future, Evil Jake will make you remember just how much FUN a kick-ass band can be.  With influences ranging from KISS to Motown, The Ramones to Phil Ramone, Evil Jake has been compared to a range of bands including Weezer, Foo Fighters, Elvis Costello, and The Police.  The hooks, the licks and the attitude are all in place.  Within months of its debut, Evil Jake was already in rotation at stations around the world, kicking butt on mp3.com, appearing on national television, and packing clubs with their vibrant form of rock.   

Mike Jacobs (guitars, vox) was called a "Guitar Virtuoso" by the national press, which covered him since his early club days at age 15.  Previously, Mike co-fronted top NYC Power Pop band The Pasties, who received national airplay and TV appearances, opened for The Strokes and Vernon Reid, and had their music featured on MTV’s Real World and Road Rules.

David Leatherwood (bass, bvox) David Leatherwood holds down the big and fat (yet surprisingly nimble) bottom end of Evil Jake.  He has rocked the house with major label critical darling Patti Rothberg, Puracane, and Mach Five.

Paul Campanella (drums, bvox) was voted Drummer of the Year (TWICE) in his hometown of Buffalo.  Before being adopted by both NYC and Evil Jake, he worked with bands like Spill, Paul Mark & the Van Dorens, and Mary Anne Marino

With their well-crafted original music and a few well-selected covers, Evil Jake routinely packs venues in Manhattan's Lower East Side music scene, and all over the Northeast.  The band is currently in the midst of an East Coast tour, and their debut CD, Music to Strip By, is currently being spun across the country.


"Undeniably & Unapologetically Fun" - Switch Magazine

"a stone’s throw away from the Strokes but with better vocals" - Starpolish

"Enough Hooks to Land a Whale"- All Music Guide

"Really Great" - Derek Sivers, CDBaby

"full of catchy, perfected pop gems " - ctmusic

"Dangerously Catchy" - Erie Times

"Allegedly Quite Fun" - Village Voice

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