"Blasting out of the gates with the remember -Black Rebel Motorcycle Club -when-they- rocked-and-loved -Jesus and Mary Chain garage- rocker Lie Awake, Jakes is intent on laying down some truly dirty rock and roll here. Jakes plays all the instruments himself, working an impressively gnarly groove on everything from drums to slide guitar. The end result is an album that evokes flaming hot rods on Spaghetti A Go-Go, T. Rexs mellow glaze crossed with Dylan-esque harmonica on Suck Radio and Sergio Leone soundtrack/gypsy punk miscegenation. Lo-Fi Matter is a great starting point for an artist reminiscent of a muscle-car Ben Weaver and worthy of a seat next to Terry Eason in the eclectic garage band touring van."
--Pulse of the Twin Cities
"On Lo-Fi Matter, Jakes displays great range and talent as a song writer. Not only does he play all the instruments himself, but he displays a knack for finding hooks in all sorts of places, be it a rollicking bass line, howling harmonica riff, screaming guitar blast, or a melodic line of acoustic finger plucking. Jakes' music comes across as an amalgam of blues, folk, and punk baring the undeniable imprint of his travels through Eastern Europe. With a voice slightly reminiscent of Axl Rose, Jakes comes across like a hard rocking Tom Waits with the guitar sensibilities of Robert Pollard. Lyrically, Jakes is a social observationalist. On tracks like "Junction 29," and "Uh Huh Huh," words spill out like a ray of amped beatnik stream of consciousness. In fact, the whole album, disparate and adventurous as it is, seems like a recorded document of spontaneous artistic bloodletting. Somebody get this man some more canvas!
"Tyler Jakes has a slew of great songs on his hands with this release. This is one of those guys that I hear and think Why havent I heard of him before? ... his songwriting skills are very, very good for an unsigned artist. I havent heard a song that I dont like on this disc yet. Elevator To The Sun, Lie Awake, and Only A Dream are all great songs. I actually could just mention all of them as terrific, but I will let you make the final judgment. Influences ranging from Neil Young to the Butthole Surfers and from Bob Dylan to The Pixies can all be noticed in the style of music on this effort. Be sure to check out his website to find out how to get this disc, and then you can start enjoying the lo-fi matter that Tyler Jakes is sharing with the world.
--The Audio Nut, Entertainmentnutz.com