This one is a conversation with Jeff Boyle, guitarist and sonic wizard behind Jakob. The Napier-based three-piece has been an entity – with the same line-up, the same three friends – for nearly 20 years. I spoke with Jeff the day after one of their very best performances at the San Fran in Wellington, a favourite venue of the band.
We talked about Jakob’s heartbreaking eight year gap between records, the full history of the band, its tours abroad including being asked to open for Tool, working with so many big names in the “post-rock” genre, we talk briefly of the problems associated with that name – “post-rock”, now less a genre more a grouping of bands who all hate being referred to as post-rock.
I’ve had great conversations with Jeff before – including this online interview but it was great to sit and chat and just leave the tape-recorder going. In a first for the podcast this was recorded on the side of the road, the two of us just sitting in the front seats of my car as the rain hit the roof. Jeff had bandmates sleeping in, I had a four year old at home that ensures there’s never anything resembling a sleep-in; we decided to find a new place to chat – somewhere in-between his hotel and my home.
I hope you enjoy this chat – I found it very inspiring; what these guys have done is astounding, and they’re so humble. And musically they are just so good – one of my all-time favourite bands.
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