The Jasons do what they want
Let’s take a moment to talk about The Jasons – a punk rock band dedicated to putting on a live horror show at every concert while dressed as, arguably, one of the most iconic horror antagonists in cinema history. A bold departure from the West Virginia norm, The Jasons seek to provide a concert experience unlike anything else.
The Jasons consists of four members: Jason V on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Jason 3D on lead vocals/bass guitar, Jason “Hollywood” R on lead guitar/backing vocals, and Jason Hell on drums. When asked their hometown 3D jokingly replied, “although originally based out of Crystal Lake, New Jersey, we spend a majority of our time in West Virginia due to its beautiful forests and large isolated areas.”
The band members were close long before the band existed. “The four of us are brothers, so we’ve been around each other our whole lives,” said 3D. “It wasn’t until 2013 that we decided to put down the porno mags and play guitar a little more. Now we just struggle to manage both hobbies.”
The band recently released their album Get Sued. Knowing there must be a story behind the title, I asked 3D to explain the meaning. “Get Sued started as a joke when we played a Misfits tribute show at 123 Pleasant Street. We were too lazy to actually learn Misfits songs, but we already knew some Ramone songs. So, day of the show, V sat down and reworked the lyrics of Misfits songs to fit into the Ramone’s song structures. That’s exactly what we did for the new album except now there are nine songs instead of just three.”
The band has a few upcoming shows. “June 16 we are heading out to Philadelphia to play an amazing show with The Dickies and The Queers. Two bands we love,” said 3D. The Jasons are working on setting up a camping event for Friday the 13th in July. “You’ll have to keep up with our Facebook to see if it really happens though.” There are also plans for a Halloween extravaganza. “There is gonna be another rad Halloween show featuring us at 123 on Oct. 27,” said 3D, before adding, “I’m not supposed to be saying that, but who cares. I do what I want.”
The band is not too keen on social media, but 3D did state that “we are primarily on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thejasonsband.” He then added, “Jason V runs his own Twitter but he doesn’t quite understand how it works. We made one for the band, too, but it’s too hard to follow.” He then added, “Only thing good about Twitter is the girls.”
Getting serious for a rare moment, 3D explained, “we’re really proud of where we are right now and only plan on continuing to march forward as much as we can. We’re always hungry for more shows, new merch, and we’re always writing new material. We are currently working on a new album and hope to release it by the end of the year.” The band has a lot to be proud of, with more than 7,000 followers on Facebook. “Our music videos have all either hit 20,000 views or are nearing 20,000 and that still surprises us to this day.” This attention is much appreciated by the band, allowing them to continue their passion of bringing music to the masses. “We truly appreciate the support of all of our weirdo friends and even weirder fans. We push ourselves to keep them happy and in return they buy our lousy t-shirts so that we can eat pizza on tour. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Readers interested in purchasing Get Sued or The Jasons merchandise can visit www.thejasons.bigcartel.com. Those who prefer their music digital can visit www.thejasons4.bandcamp.com.
Richard Allen is a freelance writer for various publications. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/richardallenwrites