The Jackets are dark, exciting, dynamic, loud, fun and addictive! They mix the best elements of Rock and Roll into a potent, irresistible cocktail with a ferocity that is also full of good humor, high spirited fun, and full blast excitement! Just when you thought it had all been done with three chord garage rock, The Jackets have not just reinvented it, they own it!
The band is based in Bern, Switzerland featuring front woman Jack Torera, Chris Rosales (an American expat originally from Los Angeles) and Samuel "Schmidi" Schmidiger. On stage, singer and guitarist Jack Torera is constantly in motion, dangerous, wild, not a woman, not a man, hypnotizing with her black eye make-up and vibrato vocals. Drummer Chris Rosales and Bass player Samuel Schmidiger are dug in and concentrated like a steady hand on a steering wheel but this is no pleasure cruise - it is a wild ride that can take you anywhere! The Jackets strip Rock and Roll down to its essential components then build something unique to their personalities and their need for self-expression. It feels new because it is authentic and free of cliché and gimmickry.
Since 2008, The Jackets have brought their high energy live performances to stages throughout Europe and North America. During thier East Coast/West Coast USA tour in 2018 the B side of their single "Queen Of The Pill" was featured as "Coolest Song in the World" on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM radio and regularly played on rotation. The band is well known on the European Garage Rock circuit playing at some of the most well-known festivals in the genre (Funtastic Dracula Carnival, Cosmic Trip Festival, Purple Weekend, Hipsville, Festival Beat).
The Jackets have released four full length LP's, Stuck Inside (Subversiv Records 2009), Way Out (Soundflat Records 2012) and Shadows Of Sound (Voodoo Rhythm Records 2015). In 2017 the band joined forces with King Khan (King Khan & The Shirnes) who produced the 7”vinyl single Be Myself/ Queen Of The Pill (Voodoo Rhythm 2018). The Jackets recently released their fourth LP "Queen Of The Pill" in June of 2019 on Voodoo Rhythm Records, produced by King Khan and mixed and mastered by Jim Diamond (White Stripes).
June 14 2019
“Brutsche delivers fuzzed-out guitar leads on tracks like “What About You,” “Move On,” and the title-track, and clean, almost surf-guitar leads on “Steam Queen” and “Don’t Leave Me Alone.” Schmidiger serves up some particularly thick bass lines on the title-track and “What About You,” while Rosales rests firmly in the pocket and/or delivers some rollicking, dance-y beats throughout. A number of tracks sound like they’re inspired by the proto-punk of the Sonics or the Stooges (“Dreamer,” “Loser’s Lullaby”), while others reach back further in rock history, mining an almost 60’s vibe (“Steam Queen”). The garage rock moniker aptly fits when considering the fuzzy guitars heard on “What About You,” “Move On,” and “Be Myself,” but proving they’re no one dimensional band, “Floating Alice” slows things down with a trippy, middle-eastern sounding slow dance. Throughout, the band shows they have sharp pop-sensibilities. Tracks like “What About You” and “Loser’s Lullaby” are quite catchy and the backing harmonies on “Move On,” “Dreamer,” and “Deeper Way” show the band owes as much to the Beach Boy’s as the MC5.
Simply put, Queen of the Pill is a fun album. But, if you stick with it long enough to peel back the layers, you’ll discover there’s more to the songs than the buzzing guitars and charming vocals and backing harmonies. Such as the deceptively titled “Be Myself,” where Brutsche sings “I don’t wanna be myself, I don’t wanna be myself.” There’s a nice tug of war between confident and vulnerable that gives these 10 songs more substance than you might glean on the first listen. While there’s a certain darkness to some of the songs, dawn remains on the horizon.
Queen of the Pill is recommended to all who call themselves “punk” or for those who relish unsullied rock n’ roll. Clearly, the band know’s its history and that knowledge comes through in spades on this inspired collection of songs." – J. Kevin Lynch The Void Report
June 30th 2017
“The Jackets’ single captures the ferocity of their sophomore album, Way Out, while blending together the freakbeat notions found in Shadows Of Sound. For me, it’s the long-awaited resurrection of music that is actually good and not contaminated by fast food-inspired, poppy trickery. it’s good to know that bands like these still exist—and that the sounds that invigorate sex into rock ‘n roll have yet to die. Now, go check out The Jackets.” - Nick Kuzmack Slug Magazine
“Shadows of Sound, on Bern’s Voodoo Rhythm Records, is not only their first for the label, but an all out analogue monster built on raw sounds straight from the garage. The Result? Jackie Brutsche’s vocals rip apart sonic barriers and range from low bass growlers (“Hands off Me”) to 60’s psychedelia Grace Slick trembles made current (“Sometimes Maybe”). These are bedroom grooves for high octane evenings. The only purity on this album is its honesty and commitment to setting the new standard of garage. It’s time to dump that puritan view of what garage should sound like, Shadows of Sound is the new standard for rock’n’roll in the 21st century.” - The Novel Sound
"Jackie’s vocals range from sultry to screaming and her guitar uses different effects and riffs to form a retro tone with nods to many of the major 60’s groups (everyone from the Count V to the Sonics to Richard & the Young Lions to the Wailers, whose “Hang Up” they cover here). Chris & Samuel give a solid, hard-hitting backing with hip harmonies and the three work as a solid and powerful unit. Slashing chords, wild fuzz licks, well-written tunes and growls a-plenty! This is a terrific slab of retro garage that could easily have fit in with the best of the 80’s groups – if that is your thang, the Jackets are your band! Get it!” - Rich Coffee
"Cut way back in 2008 (released in 2009), this debut record by the Jackets is another terrific garage rocker. They didn't yet quite have the distinctive sound that they now possess, although it was certainly bubbling under. With a different bassist (Severin Erni - although Sam Schmidiger plays lead guitar on a couple of tracks here) and a couple more covers ("I Cannot Stop You" from the Cherry Slush and "Demolition Girl" by the Saints), the sound might be a bit more punky, but is still pretty damn striking and shows the evolution of the group." - Rich Coffee
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