"I'm coming home, down Rockville Road"

Saturday, at a local venue, we unveiled a new song that we had written month ago but never finished.  We gave the song to Kyle Bose (drummer) and Nate Eslinger (bass) to write their parts on.  It's fantastic how far our band has come when those two guys get a song and completely mind meld each other and come up with a riff and rhythm that's completely amazing.  The rhythm section of our band is quite unique.  It makes me, as a singer, challenge myself by coming up with new ways to deliver lyrics to asynchronous beats and off timed snare hits.

The new song we have unleashed on the world is "Blacklight Survival."  It's a post-apocalyptic song speaking about acid rain, loss of government and the hurt mankind will suffer in the end days.  It was originally intended as a movie trailer song and I still have the desire to see it realized in that capacity.  We have all preliminary copyright finished and now move on to recording and mastering so we can put it out there for the movie industry to browse.  

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel under Chinese JailBreak for a sneak peak of this song played at a live venue.

I love being close to home

This weekend, June 15th 2013, we are playing again at the Thirty-Six Saloon in Rockville IN.  It's a few miles from where we live and it's a great time with great people.  I love those shows where you can spend less time traveling and more time interacting with people before and after the shows.  Our name is finally getting out there in the spotlight and it's time to come see us if you have not not and find out why we're being talked about. 

This weekend we are adding an entire hour of new songs to our set list.  What this means for us is a fun break from some of those songs we've played since the beginning and a chance to really be on our game so we don't mess up new songs we are trying out on a crowd.  This show promises to have some very interesting surprises in store and we're both excited and nervous as a band trying out new things so we can't wait to see how it goes over with the fans. 

Be sure to come check us out.  NO COVER!!! We play from 8-midnight outside and it's going to be a night to remember.  After all, we've been asked to cover so many songs over the past few years that we're finally listening to you, the fans.  Come see what we have in store and maybe we'll do THE song you asked us to cover.

Check out more on the show on facebook under chinesejailbreak. 

Practice Vs. Performance/Concert Vs. Recital

So Saturday night from 9 - 11 we played at the 4th Quarter in Terre Haute.  We hadn't played that early yet this year for a "bar" venue.  It was cool to get done early enough to get some sleep to enjoy Mother's Day the next day but we learned something very interesting.  People just don't come out at 9!!!!  It didn't help that 95.9 got the time a little wrong and said we were playing an hour later than we actually were but that aside, it was a little sparse starting out and we just aren't used to that.

We found out something about our band though.  We still started on time with family and very close friends there but as the night went on and the crowd, quite literally  showed up all at once at 10, we put on our game faces.  We rocked our butts off!!!  What a great time.  Our performances are solely based on crowds though.  It's something we've always tried to overcome and I've heard other bands having the same difficulty summoning the energy to play for a handful of people or a dead crowd but we did it anyway!

Which brings me to my next thing.  I say this very light hearted and thank goodness most of our shows don't go like this but..... If the crowd is sitting down, it's a recital.  If the crowd is standing up it's a concert.  WE LOVE CONCERTS!!!!  That's why we work so hard to get you on your feet and having as much fun with us as we do with you.

Thanks again for a great night at the 4th Quarter and make sure you come out and see us on May 17th at the Crossroads Drag-way   The race starts early evening and we play from 9 - midnight so it's going to be a great time and all ages are welcome.

And the crowd goes.... wild?

Kyle here again.

We played a show at the Thirty Six Saloon Saturday night in Rockville and what a great turn out.  We had that place PACKED, standing room only and no room to dance most of the night.  It was a great evening for us and from the sounds of it, for the people that came out to have fun with us.  We could not have asked for a better reception for a hometown show.  Thanks to all that came out and supported us.  Remember, we will be back there June 15th.

I was asked by someone, sorry can't remember who it was Saturday night, how we choose our song list of covers.  I thought it would be cool to just throw out our process on it.  It's pretty straight forward.  We tend to pick songs in the 90's era of rock because that's the style we most like.  I generally make a list of songs that I like from that era and bring it to the band.  The members of the band do the same thing and we start agreeing on what songs would be most fun and practical to cover.  We like to pick songs that people recognize and had a lot of radio play in the past.  If we choose an obscure song, like "Metalingus" by Alter Bridge that people don't really know, it's because we love that song so much that we can't pass on it even if it isn't recognizable by our audience.  It's one of those songs we play for us and not so much the crowd.

When choosing songs we try to listen to our fans.  If someone says, "hey have you guys ever thought to cover Man in the Box by Alice in Chains," we consider how effective a song like that would be and how easy it would be to pull it off and perform it correctly.  We never take on songs that are out of our talent range.  Now take a song like "Man in the Box."  We ask first if we believe in that song, is it something we would enjoy performing and can we "sell" it to the audience.  Second we look to see what the tuning is and is it something we can play live with the instruments we have on hand, do we have to take time to re-tune on the fly, do we need more equipment to play the song like a synth pad or special drum?.  Last we look at popularity of the song.  This particular song has been covered by every single cover band that plays 90's style rock.  Is it something that we can pull off that will separate us from the other 1000 bands that have done it in the past?  Now in this case we do not cover this song.  It's just overplayed in our minds even though we feel it's a great song.  We just don't know how we could do it different so people remember it.  That doesn't mean we won't ever cover it but for now, we have left that song on the table.

We're always looking for songs and alternate arrangements for existing songs such as Ice Ice Baby.  Never hesitate to email us your ideas.

If you have any more questions or topics you want me to talk about shoot us an email at ChineseJailBreak@gmail.com

What’s your attitude?

First off, Kyle Jacks here and welcome to the first blog of :"Warm Thoughts are Expensive."

So you know when everything you do effects everything else? If you’re in a good mood then everything seems to be going well and if you’re in a bad mood then…. Well, you know, life just keeps on kicking you in the gut. I’m reminded of the old faded 1980’s poster hanging in the guidance counselor’s office in High School that states “your altitude determines your attitude” CJB has been so busy lately that the band just stopped to take a very shallow breath Sunday evening and realized we were so busy running a band that we were not taking the time to have fun. Not that we were having a problem with anything, we just forgot it’s all about the FUN and not the business. 

This Saturday April 27th we are playing a show at the 36 Saloon in Rockville, our hometown, and we decided this is going to be the night we do nothing but have fun. Forget the business, forget the merch sales and forget trying to make every last person there happy because the best way for people to have fun is to see us having fun. Sometimes you have to remind yourself why you love doing what you do and for us it’s all about seeing the audience laughing, clapping and rocking out.

If you have not seen us perform live this year then you won’t believe the quality in our show. We take a lot of pride in every song we play weather it’s an original like “Say it Again” or a cover like “All the Small Things.” We have 5 new covers we’re unleashing on Saturday and one of them, I promise, is going to really raise the eye brows and then you‘ll want to dance. If you haven’t seen us yet this would be a great show to come to. We’re in our hometown so the energy will be through the roof and we can hang out after the show with you without that long drive home afterwards. We take stage at 10 to midnight and our friends Hype War Machine are playing from midnight to 2.

One more thing, we appreciate your help when you attend shows, buy CD’s and t-shirts. We can only go as far as fans like you allow us. As far as we’re concerned those that invest time in liking our band are just as important as those of us in the band. Thanks for making us what we are and keep supporting us, who knows, maybe some day we’ll make it big and you’ll be a part of that with us.

~Kyle

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us in the contact section of our sight.  If you'd like us to address any questions about our song lyrics or song choices for shows please feel free to ask.  I'd love to have reasons to keep posting on here.