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The Downtown Lounge

by Dacks

Soulful, progressive, acoustic rock trio from New York City that is leading a new movement of acoustic rock bands... no boundaries, no rules, but plenty of attitude.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Hear My Prayer
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2. Why
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3. Better Days
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4. Lay Your Body Down
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5. Everything She Was
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6. Downtown
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7. Zackary
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8. Follow Through
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9. Hello
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10. Things Have Changed
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11. Demons
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12. Tracks
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Album Notes
With each breath, DACKS inhales the singer/songwriter hooks of John Mayer, the electrifying baritone of Jim Morrison, the driving guitar riffs of Audioslave and exhales a sound that is recognizably DACKS.

The band has emerged as a driving force in the New York City, Boston and Philadelphia music scenes playing venues like The Bitter End, The Mercury Lounge, Arlene's Grocery, Harper's Ferry, The Kendall Café' and The Pontiac Grille. DACKS has shared the stage with national acts like The Samples' Sean Kelly featuring Vertical Horizon's Ed Toth on Drums, Sony/RCA recording artist Highway 9, WXPN's favorite Jam-Band Entrain, legendary songwriter Willie Nile, Engine Company's NYC recording artist Mike Errico and Lilith Fair's new emerging artist Rachael Sage. DACKS was also invited to play in Boston at Harper's Ferry's 2001 Blues & Music Festival which featured Entrain and headliner Bo Diddley. That evening DACKS received a strong review on Boston's 92.9 WBOS-FM radio station.

Michael Surprenant: a drummer who can expose the inaccuracies of a digital metronome, Jon Gherardini: a bass player whose NYC subway reading consists of National Geographic, Smithsonian and Bass Player magazines and Jon Dacks: the front-man who invented new guitar tunings to score the soundtracks of his daydreams. Together these distinct personalities create one unique and yet familiar sound that lead singer Jon Dacks refers to as, "The DACKS Machine." Jon Dacks reveals his own experiences and beliefs while speaking through the many different characters in his songs. "I pick up my guitar, close my eyes and my imagination is the key that unlocks the door...when I step through one door, another opens."

Through their live performance, DACKS takes no prisoners. "The audience doesn't just 'hear our music, they can 'feel' it," explains bass player Jon Gherardini. From the first anthemic hook of 'Hear My Prayer,' to the unforgettable emotion of 'Things Have Changed' to the undeniable groove of "Downtown," we are never afraid to be ourselves, let down our guard and show our colors.

DACKS has just released their first 12-song CD called, "The Downtown Lounge." The CD was recorded and mixed entirely by the band in their digital home studio. You can order a copy online here at www.CDBaby.com/Dacks. For further information,
please visit DACKS on the web at www.Dacksmusic.com.

Dacks is:
Jon Dacks - Vocals & acoustic guitar
Jon Gherardini - Bass
Michael Surprenant - Drums


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joe kid

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Wonderfully Different
Dacks is wonderfully different. Not sounding like anyone else I can recognize, and that’s usually a good thing. Nice mood and song structures, dreamy momentum. Like the backing vocals and the sentiments inherent in the performance. GREAT chord changes, the pay off for me. It goes on the playlist for sure, and I will be listening for your other albums! Keep it up.
Narccisiphus - Long Beach, California


Tender, Easy Burn
Dacks'singer climbs mountains with his voice, mindfully pausing in each valley to create a full landscape of range. Sounds like a cross between the Goo Goo Dolls and Elvis Costello. Harmonies are delivered with perfection, and the acoustic rings true as rain. Love the tender, easy burn...
Big Train - South Berwick, Maine

Mark Martin

A breath of fresh air, pure emotion.
This band has a way of taking you inside yourself...you breath in fresh air and exhale Dacks. If you are looking for music that will excite your senses and at the same time empower your mind...look no further.

John Van Ness

excepional composition
Downtown Lounge is an exceptional collection of well crafted songs from this NYC-based threesome. Though the set has been long in-the-making, its 12 great tracks make well worth the wait! With the soft and soathing sounds of Lay Your Body Down, the edgey agressions of Why and Demon and the funky playfullness of Downtown, the Lounge displays composition that is as diverse as it is catchy.

Jon Dacks' distinct vocal stylings, along with his thoughtful and provokative lyrics, immediately grab your attention and holds it from start to finish. The Dacks formula here is simple and effective - strong hooks developed, driven and delivered on acoustic guitar, backed by a solid rhythm section. The set is hi-lited by Zachary, a touching tale of a young, misunderstood adolescent's struggles growing up in a broken home.

This set is a must for acoustic lovers. If you're looking well written acoustic rock the Downtown Lounge is where you wanna be!