The Piqued Jacks are pure energy. From their base in Tuscany, Italy, thanks to riveting concerts and an internationally appealing alt/funk-rock, they carved out a place for themselves in the indie panorama between Rome and Milan, London and Glasgow, Austin and Los Angeles. In their teens, they broke and bent an audio jack; the double meaning was easy to see for the four young boys. “Piqued” means “interested”, but also stands for excited, spontaneous, with a unique sound coming straight from their bowels.
The band’s new album, The Living Past, was produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns) in an 18th c. country home, which was transformed into a recording studio/communal living space for the occasion. Both national (“Every song is a potential hit” -Classic Rock Mag / “It's impossible not to like it” -Buscadero) and foreign press (Kerrang! Radio, All Things Go, BBC Radio) agreed on praising it as a significant step change.
“Most Innovative Band of the Year” at FIM in Milan and winners of Sanremo Rock 2019, they started their “Let's Make Our Mohawks!” Tour on the major Italian college radios, travelling across the UK for a month, and Italy for the festival season. In Fall 2019 they have been invited at Indie Week Canada and Music Showcase Greece, both times as the only Italian act selected. Meanwhile, the music video for “Eternal Ride of a Heartful Mind” – awarded at the Roma Videoclip Indie and Indie Week itself – has also been nominated “Best Videoclip” at Pasadena Film Festival, Social World Film Festival and many more in California, Wales, and France.
Formed in 2006 in Buggiano (Italy), E-King (vocals, keys), Penguinsane (guitar), littleladle (bass) and ThEd0g (drums) wanted to be the next Chili Peppers. Today – born again with Majic-o (guitar, from Andria) and HolyHargot (drums, from Quarrata) – their influences include Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Nothing But Thieves. In 2010 and 2011 they released their first two EPs, then in 2012, producer Brian Lanese invited them to Los Angeles to work on “Just a Machine” EP for January 2013 (“Feels like we're flying high” -Earmilk).
Shortly after, they returned to the U.S., to Austin for their first time at SXSW 2013. Between 2014 and 2015 they would play 17 more shows during the festival; and before that, a six-month tour all around Texas. In March 2014, stories were going around Austin about “the Italians”, and Matt Noveskey (Blue October) welcomed them to his studio to record the singles “Upturned Perspectives/No Bazooka”, released in May of that year on the homepage of CMJ Network.
Once back in Italy, they published their first LP “Climb Like Ivy Does” in 2015 (“A sound that is missing from the mainstream” -Stencil Mag). Then, back again to the U.S. for another tour: 3 months, 1 van, 12 states, and 45 concerts, all while their video, “Romantic Soldier”, was airing on MTV. They returned to Italy for the Summer festivals, and to open for Interpol. But their fans demanded an acoustic version of “C.L.I.D”, so “Aerial Roots” was released in 2016, and is voted “The Record of the Day” on Rockit.
In May 2016 the band won “Best Arezzo Wave Band - Tuscany”, but the victory turned bittersweet when ThEd0g left the band. Damiano Beritelli took over from the mainstage of the Arezzo Wave Festival through a mini-tour of the UK. In 2017 the band regained their strength: HolyHargot settled in as the new drummer, the creative process resumed, and they were invited to represent Italy at the Global 12 Festival in London.
In June 2018 they released “Wildly Shine”, (pre-produced by Michael Beinhorn – RCHP, Soundgarden) as a stand-alone single, which premiered on The Big Takeover Magazine, who deemed it “really breathtaking”. Four months later their second LP The Living Past was released, launched by “Loner VS Lover” and “E.R.O.A.H.M.” and presented live in Italy, the UK, and at Sudwave, Arezzo Wave's showcase festival. New season, new family: Penguinsane leaves the guitar to Majic-o, but their evolution doesn't stop; it speeds up.
In the past years Piqued Jacks won such accolades as “Best Live Band” at the Marea, MusicaW, and Global 12 Festivals, and “The Freshmen” award on mtvU. They performed as guest acts for Atoms for Peace, Teatro degli Orrori, Dubioza Kolektiv, and they played the stages of Rock In Roma, Whisky a Go Go, Hard Rock Cafè London, and Sofar Sounds, while their music aired on college radio stations all over the U.S., and on media channels such as Radio Rai 1, Rai 2, Repubblica, Rockol, and Balcony TV.