Jacob Deraps on guitar and Josh Gallagher on the drums
Photo Credit: Nick Kozub
Deraps is a new Hard Rock band, with a classic late 70's style sound, composed of Jacob Deraps on lead guitar and lead vocals, Josh Gallagher on drums and background vocals, and current hired gun Thaddy Lavoie on bass. Jacob was born in St-Georges, Québec, Canada, and Josh was born in Perth, Australia. They met online through their Van Halen covers on YouTube, getting recognition for their ability to capture early Van Halen's sound and energy, and even got featured several times on The Official Van Halen News Desk. Jacob signed a record deal with Metalville Records and the duo released their self produced debut album worldwide on vinyl, CD, and digital, on June 17th, 2022. The album received rave reviews by legendary media such as "Classic Rock Magazine (UK)", "Burrn! (Japan)", "Screamer Magazine (USA)", "The Van Halen News Desk (USA)", and many more... Deraps was voted The Best New Band of 2022, by readers of "Burrn!" magazine in Japan, and their song "My Side of Town" was featured in The Ultimate Playlist of 2022 by Classic Rock Magazine. In January 2023, Deraps followed "Sword" on their Québec tour to open for them. In the summer of 2023, Deraps opened for Tom Cochrane and Ann Wilson at the prestigious Festival D'été de Québec, and for legendary bands Loverboy and Foreigner at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. Jacob is now a Gibson/Kramer USA, Germino Amplification USA, Celestion UK and Ernie Ball USA endorsee, and has also signed a publishing deal with Anthem Entertainment, publisher of the legendary band Rush.
Official Band Logo (Credit: Élizabeth Paré)
VOTED BEST NEW BAND OF 2022 BY READERS OF BURRN! MAGAZINE (JAPAN)
THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST OF 2022 BY CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE (UK)
From Robert M. Knight 2018
Photographer for the first Led Zeppelin world tour, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash, and many more...
''The first time I saw a video of Jacob Deraps my jaw dropped! He is one of the most natural players I have seen in a long time. He makes some of the most complex solos look effortless! I see Jacob as being one of the best young players out there that will for sure be around for a very long time.''
Deraps Official Music Videos
Deraps - On My Mind (Official Music Video)
Deraps - Veins of My Heart (Official Music Video)
Deraps - Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll (Official Music Video/Album Version)
Deraps - My Side of Town (Official Music Video)
MORE ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
''Their 11-song, self-titled debut album is released worldwide today! And as you might expect, it's got a vibe and sound that channels early Van Halen and fits right into your '70s and'80s good-time rock n roll playlists...We at Van Halen News Desk are happy to spread the word about their new album, and VanHalenStore.com is even selling their album for a limited time! ... we're happy to support them upon the release of this great album.''
''Are Deraps to Van Halen what Greta Van Fleet are to Led Zep? Quite Possibly. With such spot-on delivery, killer riffs and moreish choruses it's ferociously good fun. But Deraps isn't just a VH fest. The blues rock of Stevie Ray Vaughan can be heard in Live Fast, Die Slow, while funky bass lines, pop gloss and Metallica-come-GN'R beef pepper the rest of the record.''
''This is the debut release from a young three-piece band based in Quebec, Canada... their musicality reminds us of Van Halen...simple sound but vital and pleasing.... One listen and you will be tempted to see them on stage. 88/100.''
"Deraps rises and falls on their ability to capture that adrenaline to jugular exhale. Their songs need to transport the listener into an alcohol and sweat fueled bender of near daybreak partying. The song Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘N Roll is a breathless rush, not to the mosh pit, but to the dance floor."
"If you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out one of the best debut albums that has come out in the last decade."