“Something tells me there’s a bright future ahead for Jack Campbell.”

  • Andrea Swensson, MPR (Minnesota Public Radio)
Colorado-based Jack Campbell & the Head Mess draws on the Minneapolis songwriting tradition of stuffing infectious pop earworms and unique harmonic flavors into a fuzzy garage rock package. Their danceable indie rock veneer, akin to influences such as Sondre Lerche, the Replacements, and Elvis Costello, conceals deeper themes of mental health and relationship struggles.

Following the feature of their single "Absentee" on hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, the group has captivated hundreds of thousands of fans around the globe.

Jack's 2019 release, Lucky Break, comes off the heels of finding his new home base on the Colorado Front Range via Chicago, where he moved to build audio effects and guitar pedals by day and play his tunes at dives by night. Their latest single "Second Thoughts" is now available on all streaming platforms.


“yeah, this is a cool song”

“jack campbell will bop heads atop even the most reluctant shoulders”

  • kurt heberling, those who dig

“absentee is proof positive that all the hard work campbell poured into his music was worth it”

  • eric thompson, city pages minneapolis



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NEW RELEASE: Second Thoughts WAV
Home Alone WAV
Scared of Heights WAV
Absentee WAV