THE HEAVY JACK 3
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GUITARS / VOCALS
BASS / SYNTH / ENGINEER
DRUMS / VOCALS
The Heavy Jack 3 have been operating as a power trio since 2001 under one name or another and in that time we have released 5 albums and 1 EP featuring progressive based blues rock music with an emphasis on capturing our dynamic live performances and producing interesting studio mixes through various overdub and mixing techniques.
Over the years we have lived and performed in the local live scenes of Vancouver (2006-2011), Calgary (2001-2005, 2012-2015), and Toronto (2015-Present).
On July 4th 2008 in Vancouver, BC we released our 1st album Multiply after a 2 year recording process that took place in and around the Vancouver area and used the experience to start investing in recording equipment with the intent of taking over the process for recording and releasing albums in-house.
In late 2011 the purchase of a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 allowed us to establish our mobile recording studio, Savage Henry Studios. Over the course of the next few months we mixed songs we had previously recorded on lower end gear that we had purchased shortly after the release of Multiply - and on May 23rd 2012 we released our 2nd album Original Copy, a bizarre lo-fi mashup of samples, electronic loops, cover songs and movie references.
After the release of Original Copy we began working on a legitimate follow-up to Multiply and captured the bed tracks in late 2012 for the eight progressive pop songs that would become What is Love. Over the course of the next few years we tracked overdubs and vocals before releasing it on August 4th 2016.
In early 2014, a figure from our past showed back up on the scene – our guitar teacher from 1998-2001, Brian “Griff” Griffiths. A mythical figure on the Mersey Beat during the early Sixties – Brian played for what was once considered the best band in Liverpool, The Big Three. His influence was wide and he left his mark on the likes of Steve Howe, Rory Gallagher, John Lennon, and George Harrison to name a few. He was looking for a band to play a gig with.
On July 18th 2014 we performed with Brian at the National Music Center during a fundraiser for the Telus sponsored Flat Four Productions documentary titled Some Other Guys about The Big Three. Leading up to this event we practiced several times with Brian in our jam space recording nearly every session using our mobile studio. These live takes would be reworked and released as our 4th album "GRIFF" which we released on July 21st 2017.
Having spent the majority of our time playing around BC and Alberta we started talking about moving to Ontario in 2013 and in late 2014 I took a job transfer. So in the winter of 2015 we drove out of Alberta and across the icy plains of Canada to Southern Ontario, where we have spent the last few years playing out on the local scene and recording music.
On April 26th 2018 we decided to release all of our music for free download on our bandcamp page including a new album stitched together from various out-takes from the What is Love sessions titled Mr. Big & Tall.
In November of 2018 we upgraded to a 32 track Presonus Series III mixing console and have begun the process of writing and recording our next album of original music with this incredible piece of new gear.
Having built a solid framework for our original music as well as a successful formula for learning and re-arranging cover songs to fit within our style – we, The Heavy Jack 3 have the drive to push forward and continue to build our catalog of music well into the foreseeable future.