Interview with St James’ Guitarist Jim Jacobs

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jim: First off, hello and thanks for the interest in the band. As for projects, right now there is a lot going on, kind of behind the scenes. As you know, the CD version of Resurgence was released in February and any day now we’ll see a limited edition vinyl version of the record coming out. Also there’s new music in the works. I’m currently working on rough demos for a bunch of new songs and the rest of the band is really chomping at the bit to get back in the studio.

Also, our drummer Carl Canedy has also got a bunch of projects going as well, from more solo material to some new Rods stuff.

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Jim: Well, that’s a tricky question to answer. Technically we’ve been together for about 30 years now, but dormant for the last 20 or so.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Jim: My brother (Robert, bass player in the band) have been playing since we were little kids. I remember that when we were home we both always had guitars strapped on and were constantly plunking away. I think that a band was just a natural progression from there.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jim: Started guitar lessons in fourth grade. The bus used to drop me off at my lesson every Wednesday. At the start I really hated it cuz I spent the first 2 years or so just learning to read music. It was only quite a few years later that I realized how valuable that was. But I think I learned the most from just sitting down and learning my favorite songs. Back then there was no internet so I’d have to listen to a chunk, try and figure it out, rewind the cassette and listen again. I think that by training my ears I ended up learning a lot more than just the songs. My crowing achievements at the time were that I could play every song on the first 4 Van Halen records and the first 2 Led Zeppelin records.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jim: I think it’s just straight forward, pump your fist in the air and shake your head up and down rock.

XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
Jim: We’ve really got 2 big goals right now. New material as I mentioned before and to actually play live with the band that actually recorded all the songs on Resurgence. As you may know, Carl Canedy played drums on every track St. James recorded. But, due to scheduling and other things beyond our control we used a bunch of fill-in drummers while touring to support the St James stuff. So, even after working, writing and recording together for a good number of years, we’ve never set foot on a stage with Carl.

So that’s a really big goal for us right now. We’re looking at some European festivals and we’ll see. I’m wondering myself where and when that first show with the actual drummer in the band will be.

XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Jim: Oh, I don’t know. I have a hard time making a commitment as to where to eat dinner at night so anything longer than the next recording session and show is beyond my imagination.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jim: Live, live live. It’s great to hear a song come together in the studio but I’m way more into the immediacy of playing live. That adrenaline when the band playing and the stage shakes under your feet. There’s no rush like that anywhere else.

XS ROCK: What are your songs about?
Jim: Anything that pops into my head. Anything that’s on my mind for any reason, good or bad.

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Jim: There’s a lot of em and thankfully there was not internet back then.

The one story that always pops into my head are the 2 sisters that actually got into a fight cuz they both wanted the singer, John James. Not just yelling at each other but a full blown fist fight. I just remember tons of long blond hair all over the place.

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jim: I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

XS ROCK: Okay, Fair enough…ha ha ha

XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Jim: Yes. And I really have to thank them or that. For Robert and I, our parents both had college educations and it was expected that we’d go to college after high school too. It had to be tough on them when both of their teen-aged kids said they were gonna start travelling with a rock band but they always told us that as long as we were serious and really working at it, they’d be supportive.

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jim: I like the stuff that moves. Attitude and This Distance have some ripping solos that are fun to try and play. Also liked playing Rattled Bad because of the break down section where there’s space to improvise.

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jim: Eddie Van Halen of course. Jimmy Page. David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. There’s a song on Resurgence called Princess of Pain where I do my best to channel him.

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jim: That’s a great question. If I could travel through time I’d have to say I’d put us with Led Zeppelin from the Led Zeppelin 4 tour along with Van Halen from the Fair Warning tour and Queen from the Jazz tour. I saw them in 1978 and to this day they were four of the most talented musicians ever. Of course I wouldn’t be satisfied with just being on the bill. I’d wanna get on stage and jam with all of them every night.

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jim: Love everything music and I’m proud of the songs we’ve created with this band but I have 16 year old son and raising him to be the really great person that he’s becoming is easily my greatest accomplishment so far. If fact all the band members have kids and I’m sure they’d all say the same.

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jim: Oh I’m very sure I’d be an engineer…cuz that’s what I have been doing during our 20 something year break.

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jim: I’m constantly changing gear. Back in the 80s I used to use Marshall JCM 800s but lately I’ve been playing a lot through a Bad Cat 100 and Boogie Triple Rectifier. As for guitars, the one I been playing non stop lately is a fairly inexpensive Michael Kelly Patriot. I paid like $300 bucks for that thing but it just plays and sounds great.

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jim: I don’t think there really is much of a scene anymore. It’s really too bad, especially for new bands. Back when we started you could put a band together, write some songs and there were endless clubs to play. You could refine your chops and really dial in as a band. Now, I don’t what we would do. Plus I think there are so many other distractions that music is not such an integral part of as many people’s lives as it used to be.

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jim: I have college degrees in physics, electrical engineering and mathematics

XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Jim: I think, as I said before, our sound is straight pounding, make you wanna pump your fist in the air rock and roll…a lot of the reviews I’ve seen for Resurgence have put us in the Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi category and I’m good with that. I mean they’ve all done pretty well right?

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jim: Check out the Resurgence record. It’s out all over the place in Europe and on itunes as well and stay tuned for some new songs and that first live show with Carl on the drums. That’s gonna be something.

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Interview With St. James' Guitarist Jim Jacobs

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jim: First off, hello and thanks for the interest in the band. As for projects, right now there is a lot going on, kind of behind the scenes. As you know, the CD version of Resurgence was released in February and any day now we’ll see a limited edition vinyl version of the record coming out. Also there’s new music in the works. I’m currently working on rough demos for a bunch of new songs and the rest of the band is really chomping at the bit to get back in the studio.

Also, our drummer Carl Canedy has also got a bunch of projects going as well, from more solo material to some new Rods stuff.

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Jim: Well, that’s a tricky question to answer. Technically we’ve been together for about 30 years now, but dormant for the last 20 or so.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Jim: My brother (Robert, bass player in the band) have been playing since we were little kids. I remember that when we were home we both always had guitars strapped on and were constantly plunking away. I think that a band was just a natural progression from there.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jim: Started guitar lessons in fourth grade. The bus used to drop me off at my lesson every Wednesday. At the start I really hated it cuz I spent the first 2 years or so just learning to read music. It was only quite a few years later that I realized how valuable that was. But I think I learned the most from just sitting down and learning my favorite songs. Back then there was no internet so I’d have to listen to a chunk, try and figure it out, rewind the cassette and listen again. I think that by training my ears I ended up learning a lot more than just the songs. My crowing achievements at the time were that I could play every song on the first 4 Van Halen records and the first 2 Led Zeppelin records.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jim: I think it’s just straight forward, pump your fist in the air and shake your head up and down rock.

XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
Jim: We’ve really got 2 big goals right now. New material as I mentioned before and to actually play live with the band that actually recorded all the songs on Resurgence. As you may know, Carl Canedy played drums on every track St. James recorded. But, due to scheduling and other things beyond our control we used a bunch of fill-in drummers while touring to support the St James stuff. So, even after working, writing and recording together for a good number of years, we’ve never set foot on a stage with Carl.

So that’s a really big goal for us right now. We’re looking at some European festivals and we’ll see. I’m wondering myself where and when that first show with the actual drummer in the band will be.

XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Jim: Oh, I don’t know. I have a hard time making a commitment as to where to eat dinner at night so anything longer than the next recording session and show is beyond my imagination.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jim: Live, live live. It’s great to hear a song come together in the studio but I’m way more into the immediacy of playing live. That adrenaline when the band playing and the stage shakes under your feet. There’s no rush like that anywhere else.

XS ROCK: What are your songs about?
Jim: Anything that pops into my head. Anything that’s on my mind for any reason, good or bad.

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Jim: There’s a lot of em and thankfully there was not internet back then.

The one story that always pops into my head are the 2 sisters that actually got into a fight cuz they both wanted the singer, John James. Not just yelling at each other but a full blown fist fight. I just remember tons of long blond hair all over the place.

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jim: I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

XS ROCK: Okay, Fair enough…ha ha ha

XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Jim: Yes. And I really have to thank them or that. For Robert and I, our parents both had college educations and it was expected that we’d go to college after high school too. It had to be tough on them when both of their teen-aged kids said they were gonna start travelling with a rock band but they always told us that as long as we were serious and really working at it, they’d be supportive.

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jim: I like the stuff that moves. Attitude and This Distance have some ripping solos that are fun to try and play. Also liked playing Rattled Bad because of the break down section where there’s space to improvise.

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jim: Eddie Van Halen of course. Jimmy Page. David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. There’s a song on Resurgence called Princess of Pain where I do my best to channel him.

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jim: That’s a great question. If I could travel through time I’d have to say I’d put us with Led Zeppelin from the Led Zeppelin 4 tour along with Van Halen from the Fair Warning tour and Queen from the Jazz tour. I saw them in 1978 and to this day they were four of the most talented musicians ever. Of course I wouldn’t be satisfied with just being on the bill. I’d wanna get on stage and jam with all of them every night.

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jim: Love everything music and I’m proud of the songs we’ve created with this band but I have 16 year old son and raising him to be the really great person that he’s becoming is easily my greatest accomplishment so far. If fact all the band members have kids and I’m sure they’d all say the same.

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jim: Oh I’m very sure I’d be an engineer…cuz that’s what I have been doing during our 20 something year break.

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jim: I’m constantly changing gear. Back in the 80s I used to use Marshall JCM 800s but lately I’ve been playing a lot through a Bad Cat 100 and Boogie Triple Rectifier. As for guitars, the one I been playing non stop lately is a fairly inexpensive Michael Kelly Patriot. I paid like $300 bucks for that thing but it just plays and sounds great.

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jim: I don’t think there really is much of a scene anymore. It’s really too bad, especially for new bands. Back when we started you could put a band together, write some songs and there were endless clubs to play. You could refine your chops and really dial in as a band. Now, I don’t what we would do. Plus I think there are so many other distractions that music is not such an integral part of as many people’s lives as it used to be.

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jim: I have college degrees in physics, electrical engineering and mathematics

XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Jim: I think, as I said before, our sound is straight pounding, make you wanna pump your fist in the air rock and roll…a lot of the reviews I’ve seen for Resurgence have put us in the Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi category and I’m good with that. I mean they’ve all done pretty well right?

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jim: Check out the Resurgence record. It’s out all over the place in Europe and on itunes as well and stay tuned for some new songs and that first live show with Carl on the drums. That’s gonna be something.

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Interview With St. James' Guitarist Jim Jacobs

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jim: First off, hello and thanks for the interest in the band. As for projects, right now there is a lot going on, kind of behind the scenes. As you know, the CD version of Resurgence was released in February and any day now we’ll see a limited edition vinyl version of the record coming out. Also there’s new music in the works. I’m currently working on rough demos for a bunch of new songs and the rest of the band is really chomping at the bit to get back in the studio.

Also, our drummer Carl Canedy has also got a bunch of projects going as well, from more solo material to some new Rods stuff.

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
Jim: Well, that’s a tricky question to answer. Technically we’ve been together for about 30 years now, but dormant for the last 20 or so.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Jim: My brother (Robert, bass player in the band) have been playing since we were little kids. I remember that when we were home we both always had guitars strapped on and were constantly plunking away. I think that a band was just a natural progression from there.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jim: Started guitar lessons in fourth grade. The bus used to drop me off at my lesson every Wednesday. At the start I really hated it cuz I spent the first 2 years or so just learning to read music. It was only quite a few years later that I realized how valuable that was. But I think I learned the most from just sitting down and learning my favorite songs. Back then there was no internet so I’d have to listen to a chunk, try and figure it out, rewind the cassette and listen again. I think that by training my ears I ended up learning a lot more than just the songs. My crowing achievements at the time were that I could play every song on the first 4 Van Halen records and the first 2 Led Zeppelin records.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jim: I think it’s just straight forward, pump your fist in the air and shake your head up and down rock.

XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
Jim: We’ve really got 2 big goals right now. New material as I mentioned before and to actually play live with the band that actually recorded all the songs on Resurgence. As you may know, Carl Canedy played drums on every track St. James recorded. But, due to scheduling and other things beyond our control we used a bunch of fill-in drummers while touring to support the St James stuff. So, even after working, writing and recording together for a good number of years, we’ve never set foot on a stage with Carl.

So that’s a really big goal for us right now. We’re looking at some European festivals and we’ll see. I’m wondering myself where and when that first show with the actual drummer in the band will be.

XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
Jim: Oh, I don’t know. I have a hard time making a commitment as to where to eat dinner at night so anything longer than the next recording session and show is beyond my imagination.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jim: Live, live live. It’s great to hear a song come together in the studio but I’m way more into the immediacy of playing live. That adrenaline when the band playing and the stage shakes under your feet. There’s no rush like that anywhere else.

XS ROCK: What are your songs about?
Jim: Anything that pops into my head. Anything that’s on my mind for any reason, good or bad.

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Jim: There’s a lot of em and thankfully there was not internet back then.

The one story that always pops into my head are the 2 sisters that actually got into a fight cuz they both wanted the singer, John James. Not just yelling at each other but a full blown fist fight. I just remember tons of long blond hair all over the place.

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jim: I’m drawing a blank at the moment.

XS ROCK: Okay, Fair enough…ha ha ha

XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Jim: Yes. And I really have to thank them or that. For Robert and I, our parents both had college educations and it was expected that we’d go to college after high school too. It had to be tough on them when both of their teen-aged kids said they were gonna start travelling with a rock band but they always told us that as long as we were serious and really working at it, they’d be supportive.

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jim: I like the stuff that moves. Attitude and This Distance have some ripping solos that are fun to try and play. Also liked playing Rattled Bad because of the break down section where there’s space to improvise.

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jim: Eddie Van Halen of course. Jimmy Page. David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. There’s a song on Resurgence called Princess of Pain where I do my best to channel him.

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jim: That’s a great question. If I could travel through time I’d have to say I’d put us with Led Zeppelin from the Led Zeppelin 4 tour along with Van Halen from the Fair Warning tour and Queen from the Jazz tour. I saw them in 1978 and to this day they were four of the most talented musicians ever. Of course I wouldn’t be satisfied with just being on the bill. I’d wanna get on stage and jam with all of them every night.

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jim: Love everything music and I’m proud of the songs we’ve created with this band but I have 16 year old son and raising him to be the really great person that he’s becoming is easily my greatest accomplishment so far. If fact all the band members have kids and I’m sure they’d all say the same.

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jim: Oh I’m very sure I’d be an engineer…cuz that’s what I have been doing during our 20 something year break.

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jim: I’m constantly changing gear. Back in the 80s I used to use Marshall JCM 800s but lately I’ve been playing a lot through a Bad Cat 100 and Boogie Triple Rectifier. As for guitars, the one I been playing non stop lately is a fairly inexpensive Michael Kelly Patriot. I paid like $300 bucks for that thing but it just plays and sounds great.

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jim: I don’t think there really is much of a scene anymore. It’s really too bad, especially for new bands. Back when we started you could put a band together, write some songs and there were endless clubs to play. You could refine your chops and really dial in as a band. Now, I don’t what we would do. Plus I think there are so many other distractions that music is not such an integral part of as many people’s lives as it used to be.

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jim: I have college degrees in physics, electrical engineering and mathematics

XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Jim: I think, as I said before, our sound is straight pounding, make you wanna pump your fist in the air rock and roll…a lot of the reviews I’ve seen for Resurgence have put us in the Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi category and I’m good with that. I mean they’ve all done pretty well right?

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jim: Check out the Resurgence record. It’s out all over the place in Europe and on itunes as well and stay tuned for some new songs and that first live show with Carl on the drums. That’s gonna be something.

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