Piqued Jacks

Piqued Jacks describe their sound in their own words: “being able to speak without impediment; having sex in the most intense way possible; expressing ourselves 100%”. You have to hear it to experience it for yourself.

Piqued Jacks are brave souls. Rising from a small village in Italy, they have methodically made their way from obscurity to Austin, the heart of the indie music scene, performing 2 showcases at SXSW 2013. Their powerful alliance and headstrong vision has resulted in rapid success and the positive flow of their career indicates a confident band gaining serious momentum.

Back in 2006, the Piqued Jacks were anything but serious. They causally acquired the band name after someone drops a bass during rehearsal. The damaged jack resembled an erect penis and the boys felt the sexual allusion suited their sound. A few years later, something clicked, a unified connection to the music making process, and from 2010 to 2011 they released two EP’s, conquering Italian airwaves such as Rai 1, Radio Rai 1 and Mediaset Italia 2.

Sensing something brewing by July of 2012, the boys hunkered down in an old house in the Tuscan countryside with graphic designer comrade and roadie brother BlackLimo. This spiritual retreat allowed them to break down musical barriers and demo songs for a new EP.

In August of 2012, after contacting Grammy Nominated producer Brian Lanese and being invited to come and record their EP with him, the band began their American odyssey, landing in a hotel by the Hollywood Chinese Theater. They recorded 6 songs at breakneck speed. The resulting EP is titled Just a Machine; a moody and muscular record with flickering funk guitar mingling with carnal rock.

After acquiring a manager shortly after, they decided to move the entire outfit from Italy to Austin, TX and are now all officially Austin transplants. The move has only made their conviction stronger and their camaraderie is palpable in both their new EP and their live show. This talented band of brothers seem to scream “this is not your usual attention seeking group of young men” as there are no hidden agendas or rivalries between them. They know the strength of their sound and brand is born from their powerful friendship.

Piqued Jacks are:
E-King (Andrea Lazzeretti) – lead vocals & piano
Penguinsane (Francesco Cugia) – guitar & backing vocals
littleladle (Francesco Bini) – bass
ThE dOg (Matteo Cugia) – drums [+]