STERLING – The ties that bind the Jacobs together are as musical as they are familial.
Their band, Finding Home, consists of the five siblings: Molly, 18, on violin, Maddie Rose, 16, lead guitar, Max, 14, vocalist and drummer; Marykate, 12, backup vocals and percussion; and Menter, 10, bass guitar.
Maddie Rose and Molly started their contemporary rock band, and the others joined in as they learned to play instruments. They’ve been playing churches and coffee shops, and over the years, their bonds have grown.
“I feel like I have a musical connection with these guys,” Maddie Rose said. “I have played with other people, and I’ve never really felt it with them because we’re always together – we’re family, you know?”
“I feel like when you are around each other, you just know how each other works in general as a person,” Molly added. “You know how to do life together and you bring that into music, you get to know how to do music together so much more.”
Mom Shannon and dad Brent have moved the family about six times, from Iowa to Wisconsin, to Indiana, for Brent’s job in the food manufacturing industry, and so the kids never really feel like they will find home. That’s were the band’s name came from, Maddie Rose said.
The Jacobs are home-schooled, which gives them time to practice – 2 hours Mondays and Fridays in their basement, and 5 hours on Wednesdays.
They cover Christian alternative rock band Switchfoot’s songs, and also write their own, including a single called “Play My Music.” They plan to release it on an EP someday.
TO HEAR THE BEND
• The Jacobs family band Finding Home opens Saturday for VanTiam at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave. in Dixon
Doors open at 7 and the music runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door; beverages and pizza by Mama Cimino's will be sold.
Find Rosbrook Studio on Facebook for more information.
• The siblings also will perform a Christmas show from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 at Beans Coffeehouse and Music Cafe, 121 E. Third St. in Sterling. Call 815-590-2752 or find the shop on Facebook as the concert draws nearer.
You also can hear their music and follow them on Facebook or Instagram; search for FindingHomeFive or @FindingHomeFive.