Since emerging from Buggiano in Tuscany in 2006, Piqued Jacks has increasingly become a potent presence within the indie rock scene across Italy and Britain, their appeal and sound similarly luring stronger attention over the pond. Now with a fresh line-up in place since 2019, the band returns to a world very different from the last time they creatively engaged with it but bringing a tonic of a new single with them eager to tempt yearning ears.
With a name seeded in the bending and breaking of an audio jack, Piqued Jacks initially drew on a rich Red Hot Chili Peppers influence for their early sound, one which continued to tease as inspiration from the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Killers, and Nothing But Thieves became part of the nurturing of the band’s continually evolving and growing sound. It is an adventure which has ensured intrigue and adventure have gone hand in hand across singles, EPs and two keenly received albums.
At the same time the band’s live shows and prowess has equally drawn eager attention and plaudits, a rich reputation increasingly seeing Piqued Jacks venture into the world at renowned venues and festivals as well as a sharing of stages with bands such as Interpol, Atoms for Peace, Teatro degli Orrori, and Dubioza Kolektiv.
With their acclaimed second album, the Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns) produced ‘The Living Past’, swiftly escalating attention and new fans the way of Piqued Jacks, 2018 proved the most potent moment in the band’s ascent yet. As their songwriting and sound matured and further grew, the success and praise of singles such as ‘Wildly Shine’, ‘Loner vs Lover’ and ‘Eternal Ride of a Heartful Mind’ seduced critical acclaim, each song relishing their individually from each other and the passion fuelling their imagination.
Now after a year seeing the band take a new shape, Piqued Jacks unveil new track ‘Safety Distance’. Bred in and reflecting the devastation and urgency of the current global health crisis, is new single. Produced by Brett Shaw (Foals, Florence + The Machine) it is an emotionally overwhelming comeback and first evidence of another new breath and adventure in the band’s music which is sure to increase its fascination as Piqued Jacks open a new chapter in their rise.