For more information, please contact:

Justin LeDuc

jacklionsound@gmail.com

319-360-4351

Jack Lion’s JAC EP features improvisational, electronic originals

Iowa City electronic/ambient/jazz trio Jack Lion will release its new five-track JAC EP on Friday, September 19th at the Mill in Iowa City.

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Drawing on their formal jazz training at the University of Iowa and years of experience in the Iowa City music scene in bands like Slip Silo and Koplant No, Jack Lion artfully incorporates live instruments and improvisation with computer-based production. "I like to sample things onstage, and the band often improvises around the samples to create new sections of the song on the fly," explains trumpeter and producer Brian Lewis Smith. "This gives the audience something unique every night and creates an interesting challenge for us." The JAC EP features five original songs written by Smith and bassist/vocalist Drew Morton, and the band has chosen to release their music on cassettes sold with digital download cards. “Why cassettes? We love cassettes!” says Smith. “Most of the tracks on this EP were partially recorded with a four-track cassette tape recorder.”

Dean De Benedictis, an established electronic musician who has played with Brand X and Surface 10, remarks, “These guys are making some of the most innovative electro-acoustic jazz in the world right now...There's nothing standard or "smooth" or indulgent about this brand of ambient electro-acoustic music. It plows forward with artistic integrity and in the spirit of exploration and innovation..." He says Jack Lion is, “not only taking the next step but in my opinion could be creating a genre of their own...You can hear overtones of previous post-alternative bands like Tortoise and Mum, but these guys go much further.”

Jack Lion formed after the departure of Slip Silo’s guitarist, forcing remaining members Smith and Morton, along with drummer Justin LeDuc, to rethink their musical direction. During a trip to the West Coast in late 2013, the three musicians clambered into a cab driven by someone they won’t soon forget. “The driver was a major character, " explains Morton. "He had us laughing in the first ten seconds of the ride. He was a great storyteller and really seemed to enjoy his work. We thought that his joy would be a great symbol for our music, so we came up with a name inspired by his for the band. I would love to find him someday and show him our music!"

Jack Lion has already recorded a Daytrotter session and performed at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. After the release of the JAC EP, the band will hit the road for a regional tour in November, and plans to release another EP in the fall of 2014 through San Francisco-based Goldie Records. You can visit their website to listen and learn more at jacklionsound.com.

Jack Lion will be joined by Local on the 8s and Dan DiMonte and the Bad Assettes on Friday, September 19th at the Mill. The show begins at 9pm, and there is a $6 cover. 

Jack Lion is Brian Lewis Smith on trumpet, keys, and production, Drew Morton on bass, synth, and vocals, and Justin LeDuc on drumset and sampler.

For more information, please contact:

Justin LeDuc

jacklionsound@gmail.com

319-360-4351

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