The Piqued Jacks are a passionate and polychromatic alt/funk-rock band of brothers from Italy, with a tight and highly captivating live show. They recently opened for Interpol at the only Tuscan date of the “El Pintor” world tour. They also won “The Freshmen” competition by MTV, which spun their “Romantic Soldier” video on mtvU for six weeks. The guys have methodically made their way from the small village of Buggiano to Austin, Texas, where they played
multiple showcases during SXSW in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
“Climb Like Ivy Does”, which dropped in January 2015, is their latest album and their first full-length: intrusive riffs, solid storytelling and “a sound that is missing from the mainstream” (Stencil Mag UK). In Spring of 2015 their independent “Atlas Tour” travelled across the US for three months (12 States, 30 cities, 45 shows), and has just started in Italy on
the main stage of Marea Festival and MusicaW Festival.
In the past years the Piqued Jacks received attention from Matt Noveskey of Blue October, played guest appearances before Atoms For Peace, Bob Schneider and Il Teatro Degli Orrori, have been featured on CMJ Network, Balcony TV, Earmilk, Jamsphere UK and broadcasted on Italian airwaves such as Rai 1, Rai 2, Radio Rai 1, Italia 2. In 2013 they published the “Just a Machine” EP, produced in Los Angeles by the Grammy Nominated producer Brian Lanese. After this release the guys moved to Austin and toured Texas for five months (10 cities, 50 shows), while their music
was on college radios all across the US.
The band was born in 2006 from a lifelong friendship, when the clumsy bassist crashed his bass on the ground, bending the jack in the input. Once pulled out, it looked like a boner. What else could explain their genuineness better? So “Piqued” stands for “passionately interested in music”. They're also passionate about Nature, too. They have always supported ecological themes, and have an annual spiritual retreat in an old house in the Tuscan countryside. Many of their works grow up there.
Piqued Jacks are:
E-King (Andrea Lazzeretti) – lead vocals & piano
Penguinsane (Francesco Cugia) – guitar & backing vocals
littleladle (Francesco Bini) – bass & backing vocals
ThEd0g (Matteo Cugia) – drums & backing vocals