When I was young my world was spun by the sound a record needle made
Rock ‘n Roll on 33’s and 45’s, I knew right then my soul had been saved
—From “Needle to the Groove” by The Jett Blackk Heart Attack
“Old, new, borrowed and blues,” says bassist Joe Rubino when describing the sound of the Jett Blackk Heart Attack. “We’re a more modern version of a bluesy, classic rock band. We take our old influences and add fresh ideas to create something new.”
Rubino and fellow bandmates—drummer Dave Musser; guitarist John Cox, formerly of Autumn to Ashes; and Helmet bassist Dave Case on vocals—were influenced by everything from AC/DC, MC5 and Sabbath, to Cream and Jeff Beck. Local bands like Playing Dead, Those Hated Hearts, Kerry Kearny, and Memphis Crawl also inspire the Long Island natives, who recently self-released their full-length debut, “Needle to the Groove.”
The crackling sound of a needle hitting vinyl marks the beginning and the end of the explosive title track, which has all the energy of a Stone Temple Pilots song.
“When we were kids we had record players and we’d play air guitar and lip sync to it in the mirror,” recalls Rubino. “’Needle to the Groove’ is about day dreaming of being like the ‘rock stars’ of that time. There was nothing like vinyl, and there never will be.”
JBHA recently filmed a video for their first single, “Hell or High Water,” which has a revolutionary theme, and a hard rock sound that harks back to Judas Priest. But amidst all the high-octane rockers, the quartet proves they can also tone it down with the more mellow and bluesy, “Without Your Man.”
Since forming in 2007, the JBHA were voted runner-up for best band at the Long Island Music Festival, and have opened for bands like Foghat, Steppenwolf, and Molly Hatchet. Now that Case is on break from touring with Helmet, you can catch a local JBHA show.
Celebrate V-day (Black V-day is also apropos) this weekend with the JBHA when they play Lulu’s Village Pub in Port Jefferson on Saturday, February 12th at 10:30pm. They will be playing with their good friends, local bands Midnight Mob, This’ll Kill Ya, and Those Hated Hearts (in sticking with the theme). Doors open at 7:30pm.
Aside from music off their latest disc, you can expect to hear some new tunes, and a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover. So head to Lulu’s because the JBHA “are gonna bring it as hard as [they] know how.”
To listen, book, or find on Facebook check out: http://www.thejbha.com/
(And, if you need a haircut, Dave and Joe own “Two Kings Barbershop and Shave Parlor,” voted Best of Long Island two years and counting www.twokingsbs.com )