Here’s what happened…
Early morning on February 22nd, our studio/practice space of the last 12 years or more burned to the ground and nothing was salvaged. We lost everything we’ve all worked on for our whole musical careers. We’ve all been playing music since we were kids with multiple bands along the way (Turning Point, Godspeed, 1200, Lenola, Grand Fabric, Like A Fox and now JJL). The list of gear that we lost is way too long to even list, but they include three guitars that burned, a ‘75 Les Paul Custom, an American Fender Strat (pictured above), and an American Deluxe Precision bass that, combined, were worth thousands alone. Three drum sets, multiple guitar/bass amps, and a huge effects pedal collection…. all gone. Not to mention studio gear, our PA system, and tons of other personal items.
JJL has been in the studio working on our first EP for the past year and we’re only a few sessions away from finally having the tracks done and ready to press. So, to say this is a setback is a huge understatement.
From the first pictures shared on Facebook/Instagram that day, the overwhelming support and concern have made a horrible situation a little easier to swallow. We’ve had some people ask where they can send donations to help us get back on our feet so we figured this would be the best way to get it started.
Unfortunately, every musician’s nightmare became a reality for us on February 22nd.
What we need…
We’re just looking to get the basic stuff any band needs to play live again. The bare necessities for us to get going again include a drum kit, guitar/bass, and guitar/bass amps. To replace everything would be near impossible at this point but if we can get enough to replace a guitar or two, we’d be very thankful. Any money donated beyond that will be put towards finishing the recording and pressing the vinyl. If we get that far, we’d be beyond grateful for every dollar donated. Trust me, making music is all we know and asking for this help is very humbling to say the least.
What You Get…
The main perk for anybody donating will be the fact that you’re helping us get a small piece of our gear back and getting back to what we love and do best…making music! If this fire never happened, we would never have dreamed of asking for any help to make music or finish a record but this situation is so complex that we’re left with only one choice and that’s asking our friends and fans for help. Every penny will be more appreciated then you will ever know.
We will also post a free download to a couple songs from the EP for anyone donating one dollar or more and we’re still trying to figure out something cool for any large donations made. Anything you can spare is a big help.
Also, please feel free to share this site with your friends. Even that would be a big help for us!
Thanks for reading all of this and we can’t wait to get back to bringing the riffs to you guys!
Peace and Love,
- Jay, Pete and Brian
(Click the link above to help us out.)