Artists Jeremiah “JC” Mothersell, a fourth
year Advertising and Public Relations major
on vocals, harmonica, guitar and occasionally
piano. Ben Sharon, a fourth year Electrical
Engineering major on bass. Tim George, a 2008
Information Technology alumnus on tenor sax.
Chris Daniels, a fifth year Software
Engineering major on drums. Tom
Ward, a first year Mathematics major on
trumpet. Darryle Brown, a fourth year
Business Management major on alto sax.
This band’s sophisticated musical palette
comes from each member of the band’s
individual cultures and influences.
While the bassist and brass instrumentalists
draw from their own jazz roots, a folk and
bluegrass influence can be seen. “Bob
Dylan is my idol, which is why I learned
the harmonica,” notes Mothersell.
Much to their disapproval, their sound is often
compared to that of Dave Matthews Band.
Jack Swift: Better Stay Away from Him
The majority of the songs they play
are Mothersell’s original compositions,
which often tell stories. One original,
“Chances of Jay and Jenny,” is described by
the band as being about two people who stay
in one place for too long and it ruins them.
The style and feel of the song is comparable
to “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker” by O.A.R.,
in that the main character of the song bets
on chance and ends up losing everything.
“Aim Right” is a bluegrass and jazz
marmalade written by Mothersell.
When asked to describe it, he merely
explained, “Sometimes you just can’t aim
right and you need to write a song about it.”
Mothersell refused any further clarification
as to what he had been aiming for.
One of the few covers that Jack Swift
has made their own is “Plastic Jesus,”
written and popularized by The Goldcoast
Singers. Their version is a lighthearted
mixture of folk and alternative and is also
one of the band’s most requested songs.
“I can’t seem to escape this song during shows,”
explained Mothersell. Whether by himself
or with the band, “Plastic Jesus” always
seems to make its way onto the playlist.
The band’s name, “Jack Swift,” was derived
from one of Mothersell’s stage names as a
solo artist. It ultimately won out over the
alternatives such as “Ben and The Professas.”
The senior members (George, Brown, and
Mothersell) met during Tiger Idol in 2006.
Their first performance together took place
at CAB’s Friday Night at the RITz later that
year. However, their most recent member,
Ward, was only recently discovered.
“I saw Tom rocking [the trumpet] at a jam
session. Since our old [trumpet] player
graduated and this stuff is pretty much
written for the instrument, I asked him
to play with us,” explained Mothersell.
Currently, Jack Swift is looking into bookings
with The Statesman Pub in Geneseo and
the possibility of being hired as the house
band for Jitters Cafe, which is located off
Jefferson Road in South Town Plaza.