At times putting the post- into rock, and at others kicking the whole bloody fence down, Jakob’s lush and textured take on the guitar/bass/drums format continues to broaden and enthrall with every performance and release. Their music is captivating and mesmerizing, the sedate becoming devastating in the blink of a crowd’s collective eye. Echoing the graduated inclines and unexpected progressions found in their music and the expansive landscapes of their surroundings, this Napier three-piece has developed consistently, if sometimes unpredictably, since their formation in 1998.
Since that time Jakob have connected listeners the world over with their cascading crescendos, performing at South By Southwest 2005 (one of the Austin Chronicle’s picks of the festival), Denmark’s Forma Nova Festival, and touring the UK and USA supporting the likes of Mono, Pelican, and The Hidden Hand along the way. Not that the band hasn’t left audiences around New Zealand enthralled – notable shows around the country include Big Day Out appearances in consecutive years, a tour playing with former Can frontman Damo Suzuki, and poster space shared with the likes of HDU, Meterman, and Avotor. Ready yourself for the intensity of a live performance, and be prepared to be absorbed into the delicacy of their recordings – Jakob traverse an aural wilderness, a journey on which you must accompany them.
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