Before you ask, Jackie is not a rock band. Or a pop band. Or one of those alt-indie darlings that you just know has been packaged for FROSH week. If you must put them in a box, call Jackie a black sheep. Take, for example, the band’s debut single. As the name suggests, that musical intersectionality may have something to do with its creation: buzzing on psychedelics, and more than a little red wine the group — singer/songwriter Jackie Mohr, guitarist Marc Girardin and drummer Max Trefler — caught the energetic vibe of producer Hawksley Workman, working quirky riffs that shouldn’t work but do under big, shiny melodies. “Like trying to play a D chord weirder than a D chord,” Mohr explains. “I honestly don’t remember it all so clearly, but I remember lyrics pouring out of me so fast.”

The new single is mixed by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National) and mastered by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Super Furry Animals. “We write songs for the everyday radio listener, and the guitar nerd,” explains Mohr, who’s prized possession is a 1962 ‘Silverstone 1423’ she’s named ‘Monicka Del Toro’. “Maybe cool music and being undefined will be the ‘it’ thing again someday.”

May 8, 2019 12:00 am CMW and Rivoli Presents: