Photo by Aneleise Ruggles
JATK is pronounced "Jack" and is the musical project of Boston's Matt Jatkola. This project is chronicling Jatkola's cancer journey. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in early 2020 is now in remission. JATK's latest single, "Japanese Butterfly," is a burst of mid-90's style power pop with some T-Rex style glam thrown in. It's all buzzy guitars swirling with some of the catchiest vocals around. "Japanese Butterfly" was written after Jatkola finished his cancer treatment which helps make it one of the most positive songs about cancer out there.
Matt Jatkola says of the new song:
“The music came really fast. I had the entire song structure, all the guitar parts, even the basis for the drums, bass, and vocal melodies demoed out within a couple hours. I knew this song was a full band rock song immediately. It's not modeled after any sound specifically, but there are elements that remind me of Cheap Trick.”
You can listen to "Japanese Butterfly" below. JATK's debut album is due out later this year, but you can find the maxi-single for "Japanese Butterfly" over at Bandcamp. For more on JATK, check out the band on Facebook and Twitter.