Jakobs Castle is the eclectic passion project of 28-year-old Long Beach artist Jakob Nowell. Today he shares “Lights Out,” a song that combines ska-punk and alt-rock with hyperpop production into a sound he aptly coins “beach meets internet.” Check it out below!
“’Lights Out’ is the best example of what Jakobs Castle is all about,” Nowell explained. “I wanted to fuse together Southern California’s root sounds with glitchy underground internet music. It’s a hot cyberska mess, complete with side-chained upstrokes and conspicuous anime references. And most of all, I hope people will genuinely identify with the lyrics. ‘Lights Out’ is a story of things that actually happened in my life, and it’s honestly some of the most personal stuff on the entire album.”
Today, Jakob Nowell drops his second single under Epitaph Records, a hyperpop mashup that is arguably Jakobs Castle’s most captivating song to date. Listen HERE.
As the only son of late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, Jakob’s music is indeed influenced by his father’s legacy, but Jakobs Castle is carving out a style and sound all its own. Staying cutting-edge while retaining the keen sense of melody that endeared his father’s music to millions of people all over the world, Nowell’s mission for Jakobs Castle is to “mix California’s past with the fresh mystery of internet underground culture.”
On enlisting the help of producer and co-collaborator Jon Joseph, Jakob muses, “I think that Jon was the guy who really helped me discover my sound because I would show him the synth sounds I wanted or what I liked for vocal effects, and it became this affected cyber ska weirdness.”
Nowell got his start playing in the popular Southern California rock act LAW, but Jakobs Castle is an unfiltered version of his personal musical identity. As a musician born into the California punk scene, he’s been forging his own musical destiny in a way that’s relevant to today’s generation of listeners.
Nowell signed to Epitaph records in June 2023 and the following month released his first single under the label, “Time Traveler,” which broke into the top 50 alt-radio charts and garnered airplay nationwide including Sirius XM’s AltNation.
Catch Jakobs Castle on tour with Common Kings this fall with stops in Chicago, NYC, Boston and more! Tickets available HERE.
Jakobs Castle 2023 Fall Tour Dates
with Common Kings
Sept. 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Uptown Theater
Sept. 27 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Sept. 29 – Ithaca, NY – Deep Dive*
Sept. 30 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s
Oct. 1 – Portland, ME – Aura
Oct. 3 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
Oct. 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct. 7 – Orleans, MA – Outermost Roots & Blues Festival*
Oct. 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
Oct. 11 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
Oct. 12 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
Oct. 13 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Oct. 15 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Oct. 18 – Stuart, FL – Terra Fermata
Oct. 19 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Oct. 21 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch
Oct. 22 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Oct. 25 – Sacramento, CA – TBA
Oct. 28 – Sneads Ferry, NC – Sneads Ferry Community Center*
*no Common Kings
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