Taking influence from rock outfits like Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab For Cutie and fellow Canadians Treble Charger, Neither Could Dylan is the independent project of multi-instrumentalist and music producer Jaimee Jakobczak from Woodbridge, Ontario.
While previous releases have seen Jaimee showcase her melodic, aggressive, and unapologetically honest style full of snarky quips and crunchy guitars in a no holds barred-DIY-home-recorded fashion, Neither Could Dylan embraces a tamer and more introspective look at the world as she sees it and leans into a more mellow acoustic-based foundation. The result is a much more vulnerable collection of songs that allow for better communication about the experiences that inspired them.
News & Upcoming Releases:
Neither Could Dylan’s debut album “Acceptance” is due out on April 7th, 2023 but you can already get a sense of the band’s high-energy indie rock style with the release of “To Be Loved”, distributed across all streaming services on December 21st, 2022.
An acoustic version of “Happy” was also released during the recording and mixing of the album.
A brief interview with Neither Could Dylan:
Who are you? Jaimee Jakobczak
Where are you from? Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
What type of music is this? Acoustic-based rock that blends punk, folk and blues elements.
Who else is in your band? It’s just me right now.
What’s with the name? My explanation might be a little wordy but, here goes.
When I was a kid and would hear people talking about Bob Dylan, they were either a big fan of his, or they absolutely hated him because they thought he had a really shitty singing voice. Even when I was first getting into his music, I didn’t totally get it.
I really struggled with confidence when I first started playing and performing music, thinking I too had the world’s shittiest voice and that no one would want to listen. This lack of confidence was so crippling that I largely didn’t even bother to fully pursue my own music even though it was something I was really passionate about and wanted to be great at it. It took years to get over the fear and the self-doubt, but once I started again in 2020, I really took the time to practice and work on my voice and songs.
When I was still getting comfortable with everything again, I’d tell myself that “you might not be able to sing great yet, but neither could Bob Dylan”.
Dylan’s one of my favourite artists now and without a doubt one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard of. And dare I say, I’ve gotten a little better at singing and it’s become one of my favourite things to do now.
One of the things I hope to do with my own music is inspire other artists not to shy away from it. If I can do it, anyone can.