Ben Jacobs was the lead
guitarist for MATW for the final two
studio albums, The Ferris Wheel (1993) and
The Dreamland Cafe (1995). Ben was also
the lead guitarist of Randy Rose's metal
band Rose at this time. Ben was invited to
join MATW after its original guitarist,
Brent Gordon, had left.
After the disbandment
of MATW, Jacobs formed the band The Jolly
Lamas in southern California. Chris Ford
was recruited to play guitar & bass,
and Bob Hall played drums for the band.
Their debut album Two Seconds to the
Moon was produced and mixed by Roger
and Randy Rose.
Two Seconds to the
Moon earned the Jolly Lamas a
nomination for "Best Local Recording" at
the 1998 San Diego Music Awards, and
another nomination in 2001 for best adult
alternative album. This album also
received attention from motion picture and
television industries when the song "Yank
My Chain" was featured in the indie
classic The Others (1997) and the
song "Football Hero" was performed on
Late Night with Conan
With the release of
Coming Back in 2005, the band
became a quartet with the addition of
bassist Anton Jacobs.