Jersey Call It A Day

The boys in Jersey have decided to pack it in. Over the course of their nine-year career, the Burlington, Ontario punk quartet have released three full-lengths and three EPs and played throughout North America and Europe.

- Apr 13, 2005

The boys in Jersey have decided to pack it in. Over the course of their nine-year career, the Burlington, Ontario punk quartet have released three full-lengths and three EPs and played throughout North America and Europe. Before going their separate ways the band are going to perform at The Trinity Lounge in Sarnia, Ontario on April 23 and are planning to play one final show in Toronto this summer. The group originally formed in 1996 when former Grade guitarist Greg Taylor and drummer Kevin Taylor decided to hook up with bassist Johnny Lubera. Over the next few years they toured relentlessly and released numerous energetic anthems on Raw Energy Records and Fueled By Ramen. After a few line-up changes guitarist Sean McNab and drummer Jordan Hastings were recruited by Lubera and Greg Taylor to round out the group's final incarnation. Jersey's hard work was rewarded with a major label deal that saw the band's 2003 effort, Generation Genocide, released by Virgin Music in Canada. Taylor says that although the members are still friends, they all have different ideas of what they'd like to do musically. This, along with a handful of smaller issues that were starting to develop into bigger problems are some of the reasons for the break-up. "The band seemed to be in a steady decline over the past year in terms of attitude, musical direction and the level at which each member wanted to participate," explains Taylor. "We just kind of grew apart, which I think is normal for a band that has been together nine years. We all still get along personally, but as a band there were issues. We decided to ride it out and see what would happen, but after time we decided it was better to put a bullet in it since our hearts were not really in it." Several tracks have been written and recorded for the follow-up to Generation Genocide. Although no official word has been released on what will happen to them, Taylor would like to eventually make them available to fans in some shape or form. As for now, the guys are all keeping busy with new projects. McNab is playing upright bass in a psychobilly band called Creepshow and Hastings is drumming for Alexisonfire on their current tour. Taylor is working on something with a couple of guys from The Video Dead and believes that he and Lubera will probably do something together in the future. He says that he has a ton of great memories and admits that he's going to miss playing with Jersey. He does feel though that the band have run their course and is looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with on their own. "There were a lot of crazy things. Being in a touring band for that many years how can there not be? We've had members in street fights, we've stolen boats, slept in squats, gone to Europe, and toured with bands we've admired like NOFX, Anti-Flag and AFI. We loved playing music, we loved making friends all over the world, and we loved having fans that would drive hours to see us. We were fortunate to play the Warped Tour five times. For the most part it was a blast. I think I'll miss all of that, but I think we're all ready for the next chapter." —Shawn Despres

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