Tyler Jakes is an independent singer-songwriter with an eclectic variety of influences ranging from garage rock to folk to punk to blues. Sonic Abuse called Jakes "...an astonishingly accomplished musician who revels not so much in virtuoso self-indulgence as in writing tunes which resonate heart and soul with the listener." His music has appeared on TV shows such as Deadliest Catch and Survivor, and his songs have charted multiple times in the Top 20 on U.S. terrestrial radio stations.
Tyler Jakes is a singer-songwriter, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of California. He has released 8 full-length albums, numerous singles and bonus tracks, and a limited edition X-ray flexi disc of his single, "On The Bones". His music has appeared on TV shows such as Deadliest Catch and Survivor, as well as in films including Under The N. Vernon Reid (of the Grammy-award winning, Living Colour) described Jakes’ songwriting as being “gritty and witty”, and concerning his live show, S.F. Bay Area Rock proclaimed, “He seems to truly appreciate the crowds and puts on a show fit for thousands.”
When Jakes’ debuted his eclectic mix of alternative garage-rock, Pulse of the Twin Cities drew comparisons as broad as Bob Dylan and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club saying that, "Jakes is intent on laying down some truly dirty rock and roll here ". Rift Magazine added, "Jakes displays great range and talent as a songwriter".
The vinyl release of Jakes’ album, Evil, was named as one of the Top 25 records of the year by Sonic Abuse, calling it "...a brilliantly conceived, beautifully played record." It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine went on to say, "His music instills a hunger for experience, knowledge, and appreciation." Jakes has toured the U.S. extensively, both solo and with his band, Tyler Jakes & The Bootleggers, sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Jello Biafra, Lincoln Durham, Native Howl, The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Yawpers, and Blackfoot Gypsies. His songs have been placed in numerous TV shows and commercials and he has picked up airplay on over 150 terrestrial radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, charting multiple times in the Top 20.
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"If there's one thing we love, it's a rock anthem we can jam out to. The gritty and raw performance from Tyler Jakes is JUST what you need. BUT it's the emotionally charged vocals from Tyler that we can't get enough of."
--Gas Mask Magazine
"Jakes’ experiences portrayed through his music broadened my horizons to an infinite degree. His music instills a hunger for experience, knowledge, and appreciation. There are few scholars left in the world that are truly worth their salt. Tyler Jakes is definitely one of them."
--Nicholas Davis/It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine
"Tyler Jakes is an astonishingly accomplished musician who revels not so much in virtuoso self-indulgence as in writing tunes which resonate heart and soul with the listener."
"Jakes displays great range and talent as a song writer. His music comes across as an amalgam of blues, folk, and punk baring the undeniable imprint of his travels...words spill out like a ray of amped beatnik stream of consciousness. In fact, it seems like spontaneous artistic bloodletting. Somebody get this man some more canvas!"
"Jakes is intent on laying down some truly dirty rock and roll. The end result evokes T. Rexs’ mellow glaze crossed with Dylan-esque harmonica and Sergio Leone soundtrack/gypsy punk miscegenation."
--Pulse of the Twin Cities
"Jakes seems to truly appreciate the crowds that come out and puts on a show fit for thousands."
--SF Bay Area Rock.com
"Jakes continues to push the boundaries of sound and genre creating unique and interesting fusions of music."
"...like Woody Guthrie put through a 'Terminator' disco lounge." - Steve April
"Tyler Jakes is what every pretentious, contrived musician/group 'these days' is trying to be." - Jack Luna (Dark Topic)
"Tyler Jakes has a slew of great songs on his hands. This is one of those guys that I hear and think 'Why haven’t I heard of him before?' ... his songwriting skills are very, very good for an unsigned artist. I haven’t heard a song that I don’t like yet."
--The Audio Nut, Entertainmentnutz.com
Tyler Jakes - Evil
Published by It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine
Tyler Jakes is now promoting his latest effort, Evil. He has already begun making waves in the top 20 of Alternative and Rock radio, finding company with the likes of Pulp, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, and even Jimi Hendrix's back-from-the-grave chart topper. His first single, "Out Of It" is a supercharged highway rocker that'll get the blood boiling with its bone crunching Queens of the Stone Age dulcorate and Foo Fighters-esque big chorus. Connections with musicians go a long way and Tyler has plenty of help here; "This Is A Robbery," features the trumpet of Jason Marks (of Malamanya), blazing like the Pixies scoring a spaghetti western soundtrack. Minneapolis virtuoso Steve Clarke lends his bari-sax to a Gogol Bordello meets Morphine surf-punk tune called, "The Wolf." The true fist-clutchers must rest between "Deathtrain To Amarillo," "Blood Money," and "Fifth Fang"; full of sinister vocals and dark grooves; sickly twisted tales of being strung out on the road, and associating with unsavory characters. The finale, "Lucid Dream Epilogue" plays like a bittersweet memory that pays tender homage to some terrible pain. On its dissolution the guitar trickles out, licking its chops before its final savage attack, and then bam! Guitar ferocity that leaves no Rock and Roll junky without their fix.
Twelve songs deep, Evil covers a whole lot of territory; seamlessly blending garage rock, heavy blues/punk, and a tinge of dark gypsy folk that has no doubt come from Jakes’ time spent in Eastern Europe. It is as delectably varied an album as any of his releases and yet, it stands as his most cohesive work to date. He does not limit himself what so ever. There are nods to nearly every artist in the back of Jakes’ constantly gyrating mind with a flowing lucidity that weaves it all together seamlessly. In addition to the release of Evil, Jakes has worked tirelessly to bring his uncompromised sound to vinyl for the very first time. There is no finer reason to invest in a turntable and sound system than right now. The needle will never feel quite as savaged and brutalized as when it grinds to the fruit of Jakes' ruthless labor.
As Jakes has proven, the craft of song is far more delicate than is given credit. He does not forsake a moment's fleeting thought if he thinks it might manifest into something rich. This is precisely why his songs are so impulsive. They are crafted with utmost care and attention with a burning drive to experience and depict, just as the greatest artists, poets, and essayists know; days are not to be spent in vain, but experienced, shared and portrayed with the tools afforded us. Jakes’ experiences portrayed through his music broadened my horizons to an infinite degree. His music instills a hunger for experience, knowledge, and appreciation. There are few scholars left in the world that are truly worth their salt. Tyler Jakes is definitely one of them.
Written by Nicholas Davis/2013
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Tyler Jakes – ‘Evil’
Do you adhere to the notion that music can be both forward and backward looking, that it can embody numerous qualities whilst maintaining coherence and that it can be hard rocking, hard drinking, sexy and funky all at once? If not you’re in for a shock with ‘Evil’, a record that gathers together the blues, funk and hard rock and spits out a bourbon drinking, leather clad beast that threatens to rampage through your town slaughtering virgins and decimating alcohol stocks. ‘Evil’ is a brilliantly conceived, beautifully played record and it’s best heard on warm, crackly vinyl to really maximise its effect. Whichever way you hear it, however, ‘evil’ is a slab of brilliance.
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