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Band sets forth ‘Monsters’ in Sequim
Sequim’s superhero rock band is soaring to a CD player near you.
Jack Havoc, a heavy metal band which dresses as superheroes on stage and sometimes patrol the streets of town, releases its latest album “Summer of Monsters” this weekend at Coog’s Budget CDs on April 5.
Drummer Jonathan Promer said it’s been a collaborative effort of four years from all of the band members — Keegan Scales on vocals; Jarred Haughey, rhythm guitar; Jared Williams, lead guitar; Jeremy Gelisse, bass; Promer and disc jockey DJOB1, Owen Blake, who layers electronic music over the heavy metal.
Scales based each of the 16 songs on a hero, a victim or a monster.
He said 2008 was a prolific year for cryptozoology with new findings of controversial creatures such as the giant squid, Bigfoot and the Montauk Monster.
Scales delves into controversies that he feels the media overlooks — fluoride in water, aluminum in space — and overblown personalities like Charlie Sheen, whom he sings about in “Charlie Winning.”
With abstract poetry as his source of writing, Scales said he prefers people come to their own conclusions.
Band mates share in the songwriting duties, working toward high concepts for each song. They also share a love for classic movies of all kinds.
So far the feedback from the pre-release of “Summer of Monsters” has been positive, Promer said.
He sold out of CD pre-releases the first day at the March Emerald City Comic Con booth for his independent comic company, Your Mom Comics.
Jack Havoc is booking several shows up through the summer, too. Up to the CD release, band members have been busy with their day jobs and rounding out the final details of the album.
Promer said they plan to build up the band and CD this year and tour out of the Northwest in 2014.
For now, the band, going into its 14th year, wants to continue building up the local rock scene. People are drawn to the unique approach to musicianship and attitudes, he said.
“It’s not just our music, but our attitudes toward life,” Promer said. “We’re about having a good time.”
While the real-life superheroes aspect is on hold except on stage, Scales said Sequim is a small town and doesn’t need them as much.
“Our music is our most powerful tool,” Blake said.