|Origin||Napier, New Zealand|
Jakob is a New Zealand post-rock band, based in the Hawkes Bay city of Napier. 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, and High Dependency Unit, though they largely eschew any vocals or samples in their songs.
The band formed in July 1998, and began by opening for New Zealand bands Salmonella Dub and Pitch Black at the local pub O'Flaherty's. They toured extensively throughout 1999, releasing that same year a self-titled EP recorded with David Holmes at Napier's Venn Production Studios. The year 2000 brought a gig at The Event New Years party in Napier, and the 7" single Erfo, a limited release on the Crawlspace Records label.
Jakob returned to Venn Studios in March 2001 to record their debut album with engineer David Holmes (also known from the band Kerretta). Subsets of Sets was released April 2002 through New Zealand's Midium Records to good reviews and a nomination at the bNet independent music awards. Jakob continued touring with artists such as HDU and fellow Midium artists Avotor and Meterman, as well as playing at the 2002 Big Day Out.
A period of inactivity followed, lasting between six and eight months. The band didn't play together during that time, and for two months didn't even see each other. They regrouped in January 2003 with ideas for new songs, and spent a week at The Church studio with David Holmes. This session was ultimately scrapped, but after more rehearsal final versions of the songs were recorded over two days in March. Cale:Drew, their second full-length album, was released in August 2003 and garnered Jakob another bNet nomination.
International touring followed in 2004, to Chicago (where they played at studio radio station WXRT), Denmark, and the United Kingdom. They were well received at every venue, and released a 7" single, Semaphore, in Europe. Also that year, they released the one-track mini-album Dominion, and played a 25-minute set at Radio New Zealand's Helen Young Studios (consisting of the songs Laburnum, Semaphore, Nice Day for an Earthquake, and Jimmy Hoffa).
2005 saw more international touring by Jakob, with the band playing at South by Southwest in March, and Australia in September (in support of the release of Cale:Drew there) and again in late October (with Australian band Cog). It also saw the release of their Diffusion 7" and Coalescence, a 12" compilation from Midium Records, featuring a track by Jakob.
During 2008 and 2009 members Jeff Boyle and Maurice Beckett worked on other projects. Maurice with his solo project Desbot, and Jeff with a project entitled Mean with H. Walker from Avotor and Kerretta. The debut Mean LP entitled "Knowing" was released in December 2012.[dated info]
In March 2010, Jakob announced a four date April tour of NZ, heading in May and June to the US West Coast to support ISIS' tour once again.
Jakob are currently working on material for a new album.
In January 2011, they supported Tool on their Australian tour.
Jakob are currently recording for the fourth studio album due to be released in 2014. They are recording in Auckland's Round Head Studios.
- Jakob (1999)
- Dominion² (2004)
- "Method", track on Coalescence compilation (2005)
- "Semaphore (demo)" and "Pneumonic (Avotor remix)", tracks on A Flip and Two Twisters compilation (2007)
- "Oran Mor (remix)" Remix and reworked by Klute and features on the limited to 300 copies 12" vinyl Effectuation compilation (2008)
¹limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies
²limited edition of 200 copies
Jakob has been nominated for a number of New Zealand awards:
bNet Awards (Independent)
- 2001 - Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, Best Live Act
- 2002 - Best Album, for Subsets of Sets; Best Rock/Pop Release; Best Independent Release; Best New Act
- 2004 - Best Rock Release, for Cale:Drew
- 2005 - Best Live Act
Jakob played live at the 2001 bNet Awards.
- bNet New Zealand Music Awards Nominees Announced
- Jakob page at Festival Mushroom Records
- Jakob nominated award for best live act at b-Net music Awards
- To Be Locked Up