OldJack

BAND: OLDJACK

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In a few short years the stirring, experimental OldJack have grown into one of New England's best live bands, and probably the region's best all-around soul act. With a line-up of as many as nine musicians on stage at a time, attending an OldJack show is immediately memorable: the band, the back-up singers, the solos — and then there's the voice of Dan Nicklin. The band's leader has big, soul-filled vocals combined with the ear of a music producer. There is no one like him in this scene. (Nicklin, in fact, could be the best male singer in the region this year. If he's not in the conversation then you haven't been exposed or you don't know what you are talking about.) February's Gone Before You Know transports the audience to much warmer climates and back 30 years in the space of a few moments. You must hear the band perform "Chorus Line" — the best song I have heard this year from anyone, anywhere. It's an epic arrangement, rising as Nicklin hashes out the realities of romance. You are either with him or against him. He wants you with him and, as a listener, that's what you want, too.

Ryan Spaulding

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