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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Elvis Suissa, the lead singer of rock outfit Three Bad Jacks, is thankful to HBO and its series “True Blood.” The band had its single, “Hellbound Train,” used in the series, and it opened a new audience for it.

“It’s always amazing when stuff like this happens,” he said during a recent phone interview from his California home. “We don’t have a lot of time to pay attention to things likes this. When it happens, it’s always surprising.”

Three Bad Jacks have been around since 1995. Although the band has never been signed to a major label, Suissa said they have managed to gain success through relentless touring.

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“Since we formed, it seems like we’ve never really been off the road,” he said. “Sure, we get days off, but it’s always a day off before an outing. We’re just that type of band. We like to be on the road.”

Three Bad Jacks are currently touring in support of their latest album, “Pictures & Memories From Home,” which was released in late June. Suissa said the album took about three months to record, and that included writing some songs in the studio.


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“The entire process has gotten easier for us,” he said. “We get into the studio and get our job done. It’s become second nature for us to be in the studio.”

Suissa said the album echoes with trace influences from garage primitivism to Deep Southern rockabilly, yet all of it is filtered through the band’s unique prism, resulting in a sound that “original” scarcely begins to cover.

He produced the album and it was mixed by studio veteran Dave Schiffman, who’s produced for Nine Inch Nails and System of a Down.

“I’m really excited about this record.” he said. “It’s a straight-up rock ‘n’ roll record that draws from that transitional period of the late ’50s-early ’60s, but it’s also as modern and original sounding as we could make it.”