The sincerity of Jail City Rockers stands out because they are approachable and always humble—traits one should expect from true punk rock n’ rollers. Jail City Rockers are the brothers Andrew and Gabe Bonilla, Aron Mikkelsen and the newly joined Gabey Spent, formerly of Duane Peters Gunfight. Jail City Rockers formed from the ashes of the Bonilla brothers’ prior band, Nobody’s Heroes, and for the last four years, they have tirelessly graced the Wasatch Front with their own design of roots-driven rebel rock. “I told Gabe when we started this band, ‘I have a huge London Calling poster on my wall,’ and I pointed at that and said, ‘Gabe, this is what I want to do,’” says Andrew. “I want to be a rock n’ roll band. I want to be a punk band. I want to have hints of old traditional ska music, early Motown, early soul—which is kind of what we grew up on. We wanted to take that and blend it all into one band.” Speaking further on the subject, Gabe adds, “We’re definitely not good enough to be a Motown band, so we do it our way.” Additional influences that have helped shape Jail City Rockers include a wide variety of musical genres such as 1980s hardcore, Blue Beat Jamaican rocksteady, ’50s rock n’ roll and, of course, 1970s punk. The result is true rock n’ roll with nods toward a Clash-inspired roots-rhythm rebel sound.
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