We recently had the chance to talk to Jack Be Nimble, who is recording their new single at Gravity Studios.
Erik: How & where did Jack Be Nimble form?
Jack Be Nimble: Well, the band formed originally as an acoustic group between Mike, Doug, and Kevin at Lewis University. We played acoustic shows at bars around the local scene there it was a lot of fun and people came out. We decided we should probably record our music and get the word out. That’s when we came to Sean. Sean had just graduated from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy for music recording and he said he’d work with us. We started recording with him and with his outside opinion the songs got more intricate and we decided to add drums with his help and electric instruments. Eventually he just kind of became a member of the band and we’ve been a pop punk band ever since.
Erik: How did you come up with that name?
Jack Be Nimble: The name comes from the nursery rhyme. We like it because it’s something everyone has already heard and it’s pretty easy to get stuck in your head and associate with us. Plus we like to think of ourselves as a pretty fun group so that helps.
Erik: What is the song writing process like for the band?
Jack Be Nimble: Song writing varies greatly with us. Some songs will be written by one member completely, others will be a group effort. Lately Mike and Doug have been writing the rhythms and lyrics before showing the song to the band, then we all come together and play it live until it takes a life of its own. You can write songs on an acoustic guitar all day, but you need to hammer it out with the band for it to have a real personality. That’s how we wrote this song and we’re really happy with it.
Erik: Why did you decide to work at Gravity Studios?
Jack Be Nimble: There’s plenty of reasons. First off, we heard of Gravity thru Sean who was a student of Doug’s in college. He had and still does have nothing but great things to say about Gravity. We tracked an EP a couple months back and we had Doug mix a few tracks from it and really liked his work. Sean has always praised Doug’s ears for mixing and tracking, it’ll be nice to work on this song in its entirety at Gravity. Also the best drum tone in the midwest comes out of Gravity Studios, hands down.
Erik: What song are you working on?
Jack Be Nimble: This song is called “Slow Down Charlie”. It’s about getting lost in the speed and stress of the average everyday life people have these days. It’s about doing all you can to exist in some form today, and in turn not being able to enjoy the things that really make you feel alive. It’s something we think just about anybody who hears it can relate to in some way. We’re really excited about it though, it’s got great energy and dynamics which is something we’ve been working really hard on as a band lately. We wanted to record this song in October because we have a huge show at The Rave in Milwaukee in which we’ll debut this song live and open for Mayday Parade on November 1st. It’s been a little while since we’ve released music, and we’re huge fans of Mayday Parade. We wanted to give our fans something new that we’re proud of, and make our mark at this show. We can’t wait for it, we’re honored to play with some of our favorite bands, and excited as can be to release this new song.
Erik: What do you see in the near future for Jack Be Nimble?
Jack Be Nimble: Hard work, and lots of it. We’ve been playing lots of shows trying to get the word out and show people what we can do live. October is a very busy month for us, we have 4 shows in 4 weeks and the sessions for this single booked, on top of our day jobs. Following the release of the song we plan to write even more music, get even tighter as a band, and broaden our fan base as much as possible. 2 of our shows this month are playing with national acts(Oct. 17th with Kingsfoil at Mojoes in Joliet, IL and Nov. 1st with Mayday Parade at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI) that’s a great opportunity for us and we’re extremely grateful for it. We hope to book more of these shows and play out of state more, a tour would be really cool. But you can expect a steady flow of music and other content from us. These next few months have us stoked.