Mildura duo Jackson Firebird are gearing up for string of tour dates that will bring them to Adelaide’s Jive Bar on Friday 27th November in support of second studio album, Shake The Breakdown. The 12-track stoner-garage-blues riffathon perfectly bottles the wild energy the band have cultivated over nine years on stage. The pair recently filmed the clip for lead single ‘Mohawk Bang’ while performing at Chopped Festival.
Following the band’s performance at South By Southwest in 2013, the duo headed into Austin’s The Bubble studios and spent four days with its in-house producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith (Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Jet). The experience was so good, they decided to return in November 2014 to turn those sessions into a studio album.
Fuelled by burgers, beer and the finest Mexican food in Austin, the pair cut 10 originals and two covers over three-and-a-half weeks. The album is a rollercoaster ride through rock’s turbulent past – from the stoner snarl of ‘New Wave’ (a heart-warming tale of an ice head looking for love at a school social) to the glam strut of ‘Devil’s Door’, while ‘Sick n Tired’ is a nod to their shared love of the blues.
While Jackson Firebird officially formed in 2006, the seeds of the band were sown much earlier. After hitting it off as teenagers, Brendan Harvey and Dale Hudak began jamming on Tuesday nights at the Hudak family bakery in Mildura. They’ve since toured the world, supporting the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Eagles Of Death Metal and You Am I along the way.
“The absolute best thing about being in this band is playing rock’n’roll all over the countryside and the globe with my brother-in-law,” Brendan says. “Not to mention meeting and hanging out with our fans; just getting to see them get enjoyment out of the tunes we wrote.”
For further information about the album and the upcoming gig, go to www.jacksonfirebird.com