From writing music for Sesame Street, to opening for Blink 182, indie pop-rock artist Jake Huffman has amassed quite the diverse and impressive resume.
Huffman has been on the music scene since 2009, notably with his indie rock band, The McLovins. The band had releases from 2010 to 2018, with one full length album, a five-track EP and countless singles. They shared stages and played festivals with legends like B.B. King, The Flaming Lips, and Jack White to name a few. In 2010, Rolling Stone described The McLovins as, “having the ability to harness the musical ferocity of Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool and Stewart Copeland before being able to legally drive a car”.
When onstage, Huffman shows off his ability to not only sing, but expertly play the drums and guitar. He can hop from one instrument to the next, all while keeping high energy, strong vocals and an exciting atmosphere for the crowd.
It was in 2019 that Huffman decided to shift his focus to his solo project. With the skills and knowledge he gained from his years with The McLovins and writing for other artists like Leon Bridges and Ed Sheeran, he was well equip to take the reigns himself. And it was his summer single, “Just a Little More,” that caught our attention.
The icy acoustic guitar riff draws you in from the start, coupled with Huffman’s vulnerable singing about missing certain things about times and places, but not his ex. “And I’m in my head again,” he sings around the 35-second mark, which brings in the drums and the familiar indie pop rock tempo we’re accustomed to with his sound. And like his single, “Ride Around,” which we covered around this time last year, it exudes an infectious energy that hits all the indie pop sweet spots.
Along with a handful of EPs and singles released in the last couple years, Huffman also curated a series on YouTube in 2020 called “Jake Huffman’s Sunday Mixdown”. Here, he would dive deeper into his music and create a space for interacting when options were limited throughout the thick of the pandemic.
Huffman’s music can be found on all streaming platforms, and you can expect much more from this already seasoned songwriter in 2022.