16 Jackals Release New Single, Crooked Man
Fronted by a sharp tongue, who’s simplistic yet driving and extremely danceable guitar motifs flutter under witty lyricisms sizzling with energy, 16 Jackals have a very solid rock song in Crooked Man. Formerly known as Cassette – a band we’ve covered in the past here at Manchester Rocks – the band have returned with a new name and a new song while, sonically speaking, remaining their honest and playful selves.
“The song just evolved from the main riff in the verse,” says main man Adam Dale. “We were playing around with that part for quite a while before it fell into place with the chorus. All our stuff really just comes from us jamming and seeing where ideas take us.
“Lyrically, it's all based around an ex-criminal being accused of a crime they didn't commit, and basically not having a prayer. It's just a story however, not a confession!”
From its snarling opening fuzz tones, to the strutting, Queens of the Stone Age fashioned riff work, to cascading vocals and a jitterbug chorus, it is an incredibly light and infectious song. They write with a huge pop sensibility, arming their songs with hooks aplenty, all of which urge you to dance along with them. Yet, pop sensibilities aside, this isn’t a song, or indeed a band, without its grit; this is rock n’ roll after all, and they can roll with the punches. The fact they do so do so with massive smiles broadening their faces goes to make the whole thing more convincing.
So, why the name change?
“We found a lot of other bands called Cassette, including a very successful one,” Dale explains. “Plus, we found that if you typed Cassette into Google, you'd get everything else other than us in a search. That's pretty restricting when you need to be accessible.
“16 Jackals came from nowhere really, and at first we thought it was ridiculous, but for some reason we kept going back to it. It's unique – and a bit weird – so it suits us perfectly!”
The question the, is what does this mean in terms of the future of the band, what are their plans from here on out and when can people wrap their ears around a substantial release? Well it looks like the band could be in the process of an intriguing revolution.
“Well, we're toying with the idea of bringing in some other musicians and/or dynamic into it, either via another guitarist, or maybe investing in some kind of electronics to add another dimension to the sound. We're pretty happy as a three piece, but there's only so much you can do live with the three of you, so we're looking to spice it up a bit somehow. We're probably going to spend Autumn/Winter playing around with some ideas and getting other people in to make some noise and see what clicks.
“It's too early to say really, but of course an album would be great to do. I think we're just starting to peak into writing our best stuff to date- we’ve some new idea's we're playing around with at the minute - so I think we'll probably record another one or two singles, our own favourites, and look to the new year to make any decisions on whether or not to cut an EP.
“For the time being though, we'll just watch this space on what happens with Crooked Man.” https://www.facebook.com/16jackals/