Jackson Marshall put out his first EP in 2016, a brief four-track foray dispatched into the Kamloops music scene.
Two years later, Jackson Marshall and The Jims opened for a band Marshall had wanted to play with for years prior — Yukon Blonde.
“It went really well, but after that I was left with a moment that was like, well, OK now what? Things slowed down and I didn’t know what was coming next,” he told KTW.
What came next for Marshall was a significant event in his personal life — marriage — and another advance in his professional music life — a new band lineup and a new single.
Where there once were three Jims, there are now two — Alex Campbell (Phosphenes, Chatterbox) on bass and Sean Schneider (The Houses (Where We Grew Up) and formerly The Decoys) on drums.
“I had been playing with as many hands on deck as I can to get a variety of sounds, but at this point I’m looking to settle down a little bit and put out as much material as I can,” Marshall said.
The latest single from Jackson Marshall and The Jims is October, a slow-paced and pensive track written in October 2018 and released at the tail end of 2019’s 10th month.
The new track is relatively down tempo when held up against two bouncier blues-inspired rock tracks on the EP, Hers and Serf’s Up, and the band’s inclusion on Factotum CO’s Engine Noise compilation album, Promises.
“I looked forward to the winter ahead and didn’t have a lot going on. So there was some emptiness that came along with that sensation,” Marshall said.
A reliable feature among all of Jackson Marshall’s work, however, is his guitar playing. After listening, it might be no surprise to learn he also teaches the craft at Long and McQuade.
While he doesn’t have any current local shows booked, he’s working on a pair he’d like to see happen over the winter. Beyond that, he’s also planning a tour that will cover B.C. and maybe beyond.
To listen to October and the band’s past releases, find Jackson Marshall and The Jims on streaming platforms and on YouTube.