Jack Swing are a rock band from Pittsburgh formed in 2016 by Isaiah Ross. The band are prolific and hard working, releasing new music, touring, and gigging often. Even in a pandemic, the band powered through and released an EP in September, Get What’s Mine For You. They’re accomplished, receiving extensive radio play, positive reviews, a premiere from Afropunk, and being a regular band at festivals in Pittsburgh. Big Takeover Magazine called them “the physical embodiment of rock ‘n roll in 2020”. They’re not stopping either! They’re working on their debut album and it’s something I definitely look forward to hearing because I really love the work they’ve released so far. My favourites are “Get What’s Mine For You”, “Whether I Do”, “Take The Night”, and “Hazy Days”.
We are lucky to have Isaiah from Jack Swing with us on the blog for an interview. If you want to learn more about him and his music, keep on reading!
Angie Moon: How would you describe your music to a new listener?
Isaiah Ross: We’ve been told that our music is a bit all over the place, but at the end of the day I would describe us as a rock band that touches upon a lot of other genres as well. Soul, funk, and blues are some of the larger ones that standout. We try to not limit our sound to but rather start from the rock band perspective that we’re comfortable with and add on to it from there. But a blanket term you can put over all of our music is; fired up.
Angie: How did you get into classic rock?
Isaiah: Classic rock was not something I heard in the house growing up. I have a vivid memory of being shown the song Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet when I was 7 or 8 years old on the school playground which is one my earliest memories of rock music in general (though I’m not sure how much Jet would fall into the classic rock category.) Regardless, hearing that song both blew my mind and piqued my interest.
Comically enough another huge moment for me was seeing School of Rock around the same time. I remember that movie really solidifying rock music as something that was going to be a serious part of my life. As I grew older and began learning music I remember this moment while listening to Led Zeppelin I where I was just completely blown away, it might as well have melted my brain and it put it back together again. That was the point where I realised both that there was something to classic rock (and Led Zeppelin specifically of course) that was in a league of its own and that this special energy was something I needed to capture in my music.
Angie: How do you think your sound has evolved and changed since the band started in 2016?
Isaiah: Our sound has been evolving nonstop since 2016. With the first EP, Cloud Cover I wrote and played everything except drums so it was pretty much through solely my point of view. With both Supermoon and Get What’s Mine For You we had years of collaborating together on material. The more time that we’ve spent playing together, the more we understand both each other and what we’re going for as a band. In addition to this, with each release I believe us to be a bit more uninhibited, a bit less concerned with what genre we are striving for but more focusing on making the best new music that we can, with no rules past that.
Angie: How has the new EP, Get What’s Mine For You, been received so far?
Shoutout to my friend Patrick for supporting the blog!
Loved this blog post and want to support? If you cannot afford to donate to The Diversity of Classic Rock, there are many free ways to support the blog: Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, click the follow button on my website, leave a nice comment, send your music or classic rock related books for review, or donate your art and writing talents to the blog.
You can also download the Brave Browser using my referral link* and earn tokens that you can donate to your favourite creators (including me!), donate to charity, or you can keep them for yourself and redeem them for cash. The choice is yours! Thank you!
I am also an affiliate of MusoSoup*, a platform for musicians to efficiently share their music with thousands of bloggers, radio stations, and curators for coverage for a very affordable price. If you’re a blogger, you can sign up for free by contacting them. If you’re a musician, you can sign up and share your music with all the bloggers and content creators signed up on the website. If you sign up as a musician using my referral link, I get a commission, which helps keep this blog running and helps you get more publicity for your music.
*This is an affiliate link that you can use at no extra cost to you. I get $5 for every person who downloads the browser through my link. Downloading Brave (which is free) using my link is a nice gesture to support the blog at no out of pocket cost to you, but it’s not obligatory. For the MusoSoup affiliate link, I get 50% of the sign up fee for musicians. The cost is no extra if you use my affiliate link.