Fueled by the sheer power of human connection
The J.O.B. from Richmond, Virginia is a band on a mission to touch the lives of everyday people with their music. The band’s founders, singer-guitarist Jim O’Ferrell and lead guitarist Jason Crawford, originally started the group in 2007 to record songs that O’Ferrell had composed during his recent deployment to the war in Iraq. They recorded their first EP shortly before O’Ferrell was called to serve overseas once again.
Despite coming from different musical backgrounds, and with one of them in a war zone an ocean away, the two never lost the desire to continue their collaboration. A year later, in 2008, O’Ferrell was back from the war for good. No longer a soldier, he faced a new reality from a perspective that only a veteran can have. He had a list of experiences just waiting to be turned into songs, and that is when The J.O.B. began their musical evolution to become the prolific alternative rock band they are today.
Along the way, the two-piece band needed other musicians to fill in the spaces. In 2016, The J.O.B. discovered bassist Jared Merrill. From a music family, Merrill was a multi instrumentalist and an intuitive bass player. He also brought his singing voice into the band which added rich backing vocals and vibrant harmonies. Jared’s addition steered the band toward their sixth album, “Highway of Shadows.”
Brian Penczak took over the drummer’s throne in 2020 after an improvised audition process conducted online because of coronavirus restrictions in place at the time. A dynamic and creative drummer for eleven years, Penczak learned the entire 30-song live show setlist and participated in the band’s song writing process remotely for several weeks before they were all able to rehearse together. Jared Merrill and Brian Penczak round out the potent sound The J.O.B. has today.
The love of music and performing is the catalyst that connected four people from four entirely different walks of life. As O’Ferrell says, “The band brought us all together, we weren’t childhood friends sharing mix tapes in school.” The chemistry between band members is undeniable, and their greatest hope is to share that and spread the camaraderie with anyone who sees them play.
The J.O.B. are storytellers, taking authentic human experiences and reflecting them like a mirror onto their audience. Their music is a true companion that makes people’s emotions relevant and meaningful. Every face in the crowd is an individual opportunity to form a bond.
The J.O.B.’s music credits include 6 studio albums, 3 nationally charted songs, and scores of live performances ranging from saloons to festivals. Their 2018 release, Highway of Shadows, was chosen by The Auricular as 1 of the "50 Best Richmond Records of 2018.”
The J.O.B.'s music is in rotation on commercial, independent, and internet radio stations all over the United States and across the globe.
What fans are saying:
"True to their self-described Alt-Rock with a Blues soul and Americana roots, the band stirs these genres into one potent and tuneful brew."
—The Big Takeover
"...a sound that sucks you along like the tail wind of a Mack truck. It leaves any crowd wondering what hit 'em." - Sara Metz, Metz Productions
" For these folks, not expressing themselves through music would be ludicrous, and it shows in the passion and dedication that’s infused into every note of their songs." - Ryan Mason, Magazine33
"...superbly written compositions within the wall of sound..." - Tim Whale, UK Indie Bands Blog
"American Rock's most fist-clinching, teeth grinding, death-defying, and truth-be-told band..." - Rampage448