The Static Jacks play Southampton’s Escape to NY Festival

New Jersey-based indie rockers, the Static Jacks (named after the sound made when you plug your guitar into an amp) formed in 2009, and you may have heard their music on TV shows like “The Hills,” “Jersey Shore,” and
“The City.”

Influenced by bands such as the Clash, the Misfits, the Replacements and Arcade Fire, the foursome—guitarist Henry Kaye, vocalist Ian Devaney, guitarist Michael Sue-Poi, and drummer Nick Brennan—released their acclaimed EP, “Laces,” in 2009, opening for bands like the Futureheads and Titus Andronicus. And the band will release its debut full-length, produced by Chris Shaw (Public Enemy, Weezer, Bad Brains, Ted Leo) on August 30th.

“If You’re Young” consists of 12 high-octane songs, with elements of punk, soul, and garage rock. Standout track “Mercy, Hallelujah,” a song about “the rejection of a religion, and a disdain for being trapped in an endlessly bad situation,” features Cure-esque guitar lines, and Kaye said the group is “into the Cure’s ‘Wish,’ and a lot of 80’s Bowie albums.” When asked what inspired the lyrics, Kaye elaborates:

“The early 20’s seem to be a transitional period in one’s life and it gets to be very difficult for old friends to remain as close as they once were. Everyone’s focusing on themselves and where their lives are going. Our record really focuses on that idea and the universal feelings of being abandoned by someone and abandoning someone.”

The Static Jacks make their LI debut at the first annual Escape to New York Festival on Friday, August 5th at 1pm. The music and cultural festival takes place August 5th-7th in Southampton, and features headliners Patti Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Best Coast. You’ll hear originals off of “Laces,” and “If You’re Young,” along with some covers:

“Recently, we’ve been doing a New Jersey medley of our song ‘Walls’ into The Misfits’ ‘Hybrid Moments,’ into Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run,’ says Kaye. “And you can expect to hear a lot of big group vocals and suitcase drumming.”

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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.