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Jackson United

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Jackson United marks Chris Shiflett’s debut as a lead singer/frontman. With Chris’ brother Scott (Face to Face/ Viva Death) on bass and long time buddy Pete Parada (Face to Face/Saves the Day) on drums, Jackson United releaseded their self titled EP and set out in power trio mode on the 2003 Warped tour followed up by a quick trip to London to play the Reading Festival.

In between Foo’s tours, winning a Grammy, other band commitments and babies being born, Jackson United enlisted the help of producer Chad Blinman (Face to Face, Viva Death, Get Up Kids) and recorded 21 “a little bit rock, a little bit punk” tracks from the thousands Chris had written that he couldn’t convince anyone else to sing. Fourteen of those are on “Western Ballads”.

Confessing a love for “way down in kokomo” era Beach Boys ahead of the often cited and trendier “Pet Sounds”, Shiflett says “… it’s guitar pop. Not as heavy as Foo Fighters stuff. And there’s some stuff that’s pretty mellow and vibey”. We prefer to think of it as flawless.

Six months later the release of “Western Ballads” marked not only a new name, but new band mates too! Cary Lascala (also of Vue) took over the drumsticks and Doug Sangalang (ex Screw 32/Limp) became the new guitarist. Both of them had toured a bunch with Chris’ old band No Use For A Name). Also Omen Starr was added to the line-up, replacing Scott on bass.

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  • EricCarrRulez

    YES!

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lir_612

    Шикарно! 21st Century Fight Song любимая

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • HARDCHARGER63

    these guys are so talented,and completely nice people and i had the pleasure to work at their 606 studios,bluegrass and chocolate fans!

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ricardo_m

    very nice. strange is the fact that they are not more famous.

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Aurora_Feizul

    fuckyeah-jacksonunited.tumblr.com

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • x_modern_way_x

    they are waaaaaaaaaaaaay too under-rated. They are one of my favourite bands now. Wish i'd discovered them before! Stitching and Damn You are such amazing songs ♥

    1 May 2011 Reply
  • x_modern_way_x

    New Chris Shiflett fan site now up :D http://blackregrets.webs.com please take a look :)

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • cassandree

    Jackson United is the ish.

    11 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Mr_Romero

    lots of action going on here

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • pomyluna

    i'm afraid i'm becoming seriously addicted to harmony and dissidence.

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Gustrokes

    fucking underated band!

    30 Dec 2009 Reply
  • meephaha

    This band really shouldn't be so unknown: I think what they suffer from is a lack of a mainstream push. If modern rock radio got ahold of songs like All The Way, they'd pump them all day...

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Casualties_army

    How under rated can a band be? love these guys, should be waaayyy more popular

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Casualties_army

    It would be, but it is slighty misguided. I mean, No Use for A Name, worlds best punk band? Talk about great sense of humour

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • Whatupwidat

    I've love if the Bio was written by Chris hisself, that'd be pure tongue-in-cheek class!

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • hanoigrillo

    Brilliant, brilliant album - there are very few albums I get these days that I can listen to all the way through, but this is a classic. Cheers!

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Cassie_Jackson

    CD is out in the UK now :)

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Dcapelca

    Una bona alternativa mentre esperem el retorn dels Foo Fighters? Anem a escoltar-los, a veure que tal...

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Mr_Romero

    JU Rocks <3

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ilovecowchips

    i know there's a release in north america on sept. 2, but i don't know if that goes for the uk as well... i just gave in and imported mine from australia because i couldn't bear the wait! it's a kickass album!

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
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