Haymaker is a Long Beach, California quartet that delivers a spirited blend of countrified pop and gritty roots rock fueled by harmonies and catchy hooks. The band has been compared to the Old 97s, the Del Fuegos, the BoDeans, John Hiatt, and the Bottle Rockets, among others. They site influences from the Stones to Dylan, the Replacements to Wilco, and Rank N File to Dwight Yoakam.

Haymaker’s strength lies in its two singer-songwriters, J.W. Surge and Mike Jacoby, who founded the band in 2001. Right when you think you’ve figured out one, the other kicks in and offers a refreshing approach. The rhythm section features two noted LA scene muscians, bassist David Serby (a talented singer-songwriter in his own right) and Dale Daniel, a long-time member of the Hacienda Brothers. The bottom line is it's four friends playing music just for the love of it.

Based in Long Beach, California and part of the the vibrant L.A. Americana/alt country scene, Haymaker is known for spirited live shows and their interesting alt countrified cover tunes.




"Buoyed by a California-esque roots-pop sound, Haymaker layers catchy melodies and chiming, jangly guitars on top of heartbreak."

"Blending alt-country and power pop – Haymaker mastered that seemingly impossible feat."

"So if you enjoy good, down home roots rock with just a little polish, then Haymaker is the group for you. And if not, then just keep your Hollywood Nashville tastes to yourself, thank you very much."

"Think of a more jangle-oriented band than the Bottle Rockets, and top it off with vocals that sound like a cross between Warren Zevon and Evan Dando."

"A sonic mixture somewhere between straight-ahead rock and roll and countrified pop/rock."

"Catchy and jangly roots-pop, balanced by twangy, countrified rock."