In the Spotlight: Chinese Jailbreak

Chinese Jailbreak, WTHI Photo
Chinese Jailbreak, WTHI Photo

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – “We show up.. all plug in and we decided to kick off and play a punk song… and we realized we had no singer….”

We’re back for another segment of In the Spotlight with Chinese Jailbreak, a Terre Haute band of four who identifies most with 90’s music.

“We are an original band, however, we do do some covers,” explained Kyle Jacks, lead singer. “We like to do a lot of 90’s style covers.. now we still do some throwbacks further back than that but we do them our own way and we’ll even do some newer stuff too. But, we’re kinda rooted in the 90’s…”

Each member of this band either started playing at a young age…

“I started playing drums when I was about.. I’d say a year and a half old. It was just a natural talent that kind of clicked with me” drummer, Kyle Bose, described. “My parents can attest, I’d pick up anything that looked like a drum stick and I would just start playing on stuff. Pots and pans, paint cans, the back of my dad’s head.. whatever, it doesn’t matter.”

Or learned to play from a sibling…

“I kind of got him started on bass, showed him a few things,” stated Jake Eslinger, lead guitar.

“It wasn’t long before we started playing with Kyle… I think it was my mother’s birthday and she wanted him to play and he was like, ‘You’re going to play the bass and I’m going to show you how.. and it kind of took off from there,” Nate Eslinger, bass guitar, said.

But Chinese Jailbreak just wasn’t complete until they found their final member

“And then we found Kyle Bose and he’s the one..” Jack’s continued. “He’s the sound we were missing, he was the dedication we were missing and it worked out perfectly for us.”

“As soon as I started playing with the guys, the very first tryout I went to, we all just kind of stopped and looked at each other and said, ‘You know what? This is it.'” “It just, it really clicked and it was amazing,” Bose said. “You know, we all bring to the table something different.. different music styles, different genres but I think all four of our skills levels are right there and that’s why it just really works.”

With a complete set they were able to knock out a second album after months of hard work.

“We were ready and ready to start writing some music…came up here and hashed it all out,” Jake Eslinger described. “There were some minor difficulties with a couple of songs but we re-recorded them and remixed them. But it was a learning experience for all of us I think. And, it was fun… a lot of fun.”

Their second album, Chivalry’s Dead was released on June 14. To learn more about the band, hear some more of their music and to see when they are playing next, visit their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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