XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Well, we have this compilation EP, Rank and File, coming out December 6th! Other than that we have our yet untitled record label debut coming out in 2020 with Blue Collar Records.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
We are about to hit 7 years. Hard to believe sometimes.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Having a successful career as a musician has always been the main drive. We have both been in projects that went nowhere, so to be apart of something that has finally “clicked” is a huge breath of fresh air.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
It’s pretty eclectic. For myself is all variations of rock and roll. Though I have studied Jazz and Classical guitar as well. Ron is a self taught drummer, but he grew up listening to people like Buddy Rich and Earth, Wind & Fire.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
I’m honestly not sure. Hopefully a good one!
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
Well, after the release of the EP and LP in 2020, we plan to do to a tour in the summer. So, playing new places and continuing to hit new markets would be the immediate goal. Then, of course, continuing to build a name for ourselves. On the label front, I guess we’ll see how this first release goes. A lot of this is very new.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
To have built a career that is both satisfying and financially sustaining. Both of us work day jobs, and it would be amazing if music became our only means of income. Does that mean fame and/or mainstream success? Perhaps to some degree, but even if that isn’t achieved, the goal remains the same.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
For me, one serves the other. Playing the same songs all the time can get boring. Having new material that people like to hear just adds life back into the live show. And with being a Rock band, the live show is what it’s all about!
XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Anything I or Ron have experienced. Heartbreak, dreams, current events that have directly affected us or our families in some way. We pull from many places.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Outrageous? Not really. We still need to tour a bit more for that!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Nothing too weird. But we still have time to have something happen!
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Yes and no. They always supported playing music. I think it just took them a while to understand this dream wasn’t a fad for a teenaged kid. Now that I’m in my late twenties, I think they’re starting to accept it more.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Better Now, Train Track Blues, and That Fucking Bitch I Work With (which is on the EP!)
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
As I said earlier, Ron and I have had many. However, One-Eyed Doll was a major influence on the creation of Hi/Jack. We actually got the chance to talk with those guys when we were just starting out. We were discouraged that we couldn’t find a bassist, and they convinced us not to wait and just go for it as a two-piece. A year later, we opened for them as direct support. That was pretty awesome.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Opening on tour for the Foo Fighters or Green Day would be a dream come true. Other than that, a co headlining tour with One Eyed Doll would also be pretty amazing.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Honestly, just sticking with it. After our first longer tour of 2017, the band almost imploded. But we got through it, and things just keep getting better. Between Ron, myself, and our wives Kris and Kendel, we have become a very strong unit. We support each other every step of the way.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I dunno. I work for Apple as a day job, so maybe I’d just keep doing that. Otherwise, I always liked Science in school…
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Ron uses Gretsch drums, Remo heads, Zildjian and Paiste cymbals and Scorpion Percussion sticks. I use Orange amps, Marshall cabinets, a Tech21 FlyRig and Reverend, Gibson or Epiphone custom model guitars.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I think the tides are turning, and Rock is making its comeback. I’m excited to be in it and a part of the change.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I’m not sure. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I look like how I probably am.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
I usually just say we are a Rock band. That way people don’t have any preconceived notions of us before they hear us.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
We love all the fans and support. Thank you truly from the bottom of our hearts. Rank and File is out December 6th, and keep an eye on our social media for news about the 2020 full-length release!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
My absolute pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to speak with our little band. It means the world to us.
Drummer Ron “Hi” Terrell a
guitarist/vocalist Max “Jack” Liam