“Melancholy is the happiness of being sad.”
The words of Victor Hugo perfectly capture the heart and fuel to the music of British quintet A Band Called Jack, though it is a sound with a far richer vein of emotion and fun.
Hailing from Manchester, the band creates melody intense and woven indie folk rock; a creative concoction, which openly relishes the imagination and embraces the inspirations each member of A Band Called Jack brings to it. Almost inevitably, being bred within their city’s one of a kind music and art scene, the 2010 formed quintet draw on Manchester’s heritage and influences but have quickly nurtured a presence and sound inescapably individual to themselves.
Each of their songs comes with its own character, a personality and energy which flourish within the speakers as potently as they do electrically bold or acoustically bare on stage. The latter side of the outfit has emulated the growth of their sound. From playing small venues and before audiences barely able to be called a crowd, A Band Called Jack has shared a stage with The Chameleons, played a tour with Big Country, and supported support Paolo Nutini in front of 10,000 people at Castlefield Arena; the A Band Called Jack giving and embracing every show with mutual passion.
Having inked up with young and spirited record label MST SOUNDS, Abandcalledjack are ready to tease, tickle, and stir up major attention with a debut album which echoes and romps with the band’s craft and imagination across a collection of tracks as different as they are united in melodic enterprise and emotive expression.
Last single “Voices” is a teaser to it all, a song magnetically involved with lyrical intimacy and observation within a masterfully catchy indeed virulent stroll. It provokes thought whilst rousing the body; an inimitable hint to the rich craft of their sound and echo to its darkly lined but radiant captivation.
With tracks such as the violin caressed, almost forcibly seductive ”Kiss Me” and the evocatively mesmeric “Wonderful Sin” among many more alongside, the new offering is the breakthrough of A Band Called Jack which UK folk/indie rock has been crying out for.
Bryan Glancy, I Am Kloot, Elbow, Waterboys, U2, R.E.M., Talking Heads, Shak, The La's.