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A Boston-based alternative rock band, Jakals honest, wrenching vocals and untamed, 90s-stained instrumentals create a tempestuous sound that weds the contemplative with the cathartic. In 2018, Jakals released "Bat Brains," a six song EP and the follow up to their debut album, 2017's "Keep Mother Sane."
Since forming a year and a half ago, Jakals has toured throughout the US and consistently plays shows across the Northeast, including at the Middle East, Arlene's Grocery, and The Monkey House. They have also played at venues including Martyrs' (Chicago), Kung Fu Necktie (Philadelphia), and Skully's (Columbus). The band has received airplay on WZLX 100.7's Boston Emissions and other notable stations, and has become a widely recognized presence in the Boston music scene. Sound of Boston has called Jakals "a coherent, moving local music force" and lauded the band's "refreshing, honest, relatable portrait[s] of anxiety and self-loathing." Jakals have also been featured in publications including Vanyaland and Allston Pudding, and won The Deli Magazine's Best Emerging Artist in New England competition.
Jakals are unrestrained, exploring the internal turmoil that results from the harrowing experience of human existence. With a sound at times vaguely reminiscent of PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, and the Pixies, Jakals craft dynamic songs as complex as the emotions and personal struggles they grapple with. "The band fuses [frontwoman Katie] Solomon’s ever-aching vocals – which have been rightfully compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Florence Welch – with driving instrumentals" to create a sound "that echoes with pain" (Allston Pudding).
The distillation of this sound can be heard on "Bat Brains" released in August 2018. Over the course of six songs and 30 minutes, Jakals reflect a deeply personal purgatory of addiction, trauma, and disconnect.