“BAD START” featured on EA Sports NHL 24 Soundtrack

Debut Album Out In 2024

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northern California’s punky alt-rock trio StrateJacketJackson Roemers (lead vocals/guitar, 24), Fabian Angel (vocals/bass, 23) and Nate Mangold (drums, 22) — are thrilled to release their new single and lyric video “BAD STARTvia EDGEOUT Records. The single is the first song to be announced and featured on EA Sports’ NHL 24 Soundtrack.

Taking to the ice today (September 29th), the NHL 24 Soundtrack features 36 tracks of unprecedented diversity, attitude, superstar acts and explosive new artists. It’s a slapshot of a soundtrack that lights the lamp, lays on the lumber, and hits stronger than ever before. “Having a song in a video game such as NHL 24 is a dream come true,” says the band. “We used to joke that we’d be in a videogame and now it’s happening! It’s an incredible honor to have been noticed by the team and we are very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, EA! Thank you, NHL!”

“’BAD START’ was one of the first songs we ever wrote together as a band,” says Roemers. “We didn’t know what to think of the song when we completed it. When we submitted it to everyone on our team and they really loved it, it became the template of our sound. It was a combination of loud chanty vocals mixed with these layered keyboards and guitars and a message that pretty much says, ‘I’m an idiot but I mean well.’ It was perfectly imperfect and we’ve really learned to love it over the years.”

StrateJacket have had to learn the hard way that good things come to those who wait. Formed in 2019, they quickly found themselves stuck in the middle of a pandemic, stunting the band’s career before it even started. Not ones to give up easily, this youthful band of early twenty-somethings used the isolation to hone their craft and found their catchy, fast, and energetic sound in merging their individual influences. Acts ranging from Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 were among their favorites.

The band eventually played some of their first shows with a guerilla approach to gigging, driving all over San Francisco to play under bridges, on beaches, and in warehouses. This earned a devoted fanbase in the process and caught the attention of EDGEOUT Records, who signed them in 2021. StrateJacket recorded their debut album at Vancouver’s Armoury Studios in November of 2022 with the Juno/BMI-winning Canadian producer/songwriter Brian Howes (Hinder, Skillet, Boys Like Girls). They also secured the Grammy® winning Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Muse, Prince) to mix the album.

StrateJacket’s new single “BAD START” is available on all streaming platforms today — September 29, 2023 via EDGEOUT/UMG/UMe.

About EDGEOUT Records:

EDGEOUT Records focuses on the development and curation of young mainstream rock bands and artists that will be the future rock movement in the music industry through their program – THE STUDIO.

The label also signs established artists who have specialized musical projects. EDGEOUT additionally has a distribution division that provides services to bands and artists.

EDGEOUT also owns and produces ROCKVASION – A Rock and Roll Show Case Annual Event for unsigned up and coming artists and bands.

As well, in partnership with UMG, the label in the spring of 2023 launched THE BERRY HILL ROCK HOUSE, a content collective in Nashville, TN at East Iris Studios.

EDGEOUT is an American independent record label, founded by Tony Guanci (Danny Wimmer Presents, Maloof Entertainment) and Cheryl-Benson Guanci in 2018. EDGEOUT is partnered with Universal Music Group / Universal Music Enterprises in a global services and distribution agreement.


Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized global catalog division of Universal Music Group (UMG). Working closely with all of UMG’s record labels, territories and operating companies, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, opportunities in new technologies and an emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives to engage all types of consumers across multiple entry points and platforms.


Heather Hawke heather@reybee.com