Debut album JACK JONES 20th September

UK tour 2nd-16th November

Having established himself as a guitar slinging matinee idol fronting Welsh riot starters Trampolene and riding shotgun in Peter Doherty’s band the Puta Madres, Jack Jones releases a new single Breathe through Strap Originals on 12th June https://found.ee/JackJonesBreatheBreathe, which received its first play on Huw Stephens BBC6 Music show last night,  is taken from Jack’s debut solo album ‘Jack Jones’ released on Friday September 20th, followed by a UK headline tour in November.

For this album Jack Jones has put away his guitar and embraced a fresh and highly contemporary sound in which to couch his hard-hitting state of the nation poems of existential fear and loathing.  His lyrics tackle many of today’s burning issues: mental health, drug addiction, mortality, and the tortuous demands of technology. There’s also joy and hope in there. With some of his catchiest tunes so far, it’s a record that’ll both open up this natural-born star to untapped audiences, and reveal hidden depths to those already ‘on the team’. 

Jack Jones says of Breathe

Im sure we all try to slay the beast, conquer the madman and feed the angel living inside us. But I think you can only abuse the body and the mind for so long before it says No More!” And it humbles you. Thats when you have to make a choice. Is it the end or the beginning? The idea of this song was written after my first panic attack – at a time when I didnt care about having a career in music or even being a writer anymore, I just prayed to be okay and to make it through the day. Luckily, sometimes, out of the darkest places, glimmers can appear, and thats what this song is…a chapter of resilience, finding a way to keep going, finding a way to believe in a future, finding a way to BREATHE. It saved me and I would hope it may help others too.”

For the Breathe video Jack Jones decided to go into training to be the first Welsh astronaut, his trip to the moon (in his head) is planned for the first half of the 21st Century. The video was directed by filmmaker Barnaby Fairley,  Jack adds: Who wouldnt want to roam the streets of London in a space suit…it felt weirdly freeing.” 

The album is available on vinyl in multiple colour formats, CD and digital download and was co-written, produced and mixed by Adam French. Also available will be Jack Jones’s new book ‘Tour Diaries’ Volume 1 featuring Jack’s time with Trampolene, The Libertines and Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres. Pre-order the album and book here:  https://found.ee/JackJonesALBUM

Jack Jones is a compulsive wordsmith, an obsessive jotter-down of phrases, and weird things that people say. Across three studio albums and a hatful of singles and EPs since 2013, his work with TRAMPOLENE has always drawn from this humungous, ever-accumulating verbal resource. On his own, he has also published a novel (2023’s ‘Swansea to Hornsey’) and recited poems and delivered spoken-word onstage.

The new direction arose out of an introduction to Mancunian artist/producer/songwriter/laptop warrior Adam French. For Jones, French’s way of composing and recording was like being teleported into a parallel dimension. 

To coincide with the release Jack Jones has announced the following live shows in November, along with a performance at Glastonbury in June. Tickets for the November Tour are on presale now  and go on general sale on Friday 14th June at 10am:https://found.ee/JackJonesTour The full dates are:

JUNE

30th SUN Pilton – Glastonbury (Left Field Stage)

NOVEMBER

2nd SAT  Glasgow – The Poetry Club SWG3

3rd SUN Liverpool – Jacaranda

6th WED North Shields – Three Tanners Bank

7th THU  Manchester – YES Basement

8th FRI  Cambridge – The Six Six Bar

9th SAT Shrewsbury – Albert & Co Frankville

13th WED Bristol – The Exchange

14th  THU London – Old Blue Last 

15th FRI Swansea – Bunkhouse 

16th SAT Cardiff – The Moon 

Jack Jones also plays the following shows over the summer with TRAMPOLENE: Glastonbury Festival  (28th June), City Summer by the River  in London (August 15th) , Y Festival in Ross On Wye (25th August) and Fairwood Festival in the Gower Peninsula (September 7th).

Much like the first Specials album at the turn of the 1980s, you can imagine ‘Jack Jones’ being useful to youngsters in 2024 trying to navigate the problems of today – swap birth control and street violence for mindless hedonism and mental-health struggles, and you have an equally bold and connective roadmap to the pitfalls of contemporary young-adult living. 

Jack Jones has enjoyed Top 10 success with TRAMPOLENE on the Independent Album Charts with three Top 10 Albums, hit the road as special guest to Liam Gallagher at the personal request of the iconic frontman, supported The Libertines on an Arena Tour as ‘Tour Poet’ and had the honour of being the first act to headline Swansea Arena.

SPOTIFY INSTAGRAM TIKTOK FACEBOOK YOUTUBE THREADS APPLE MUSIC X

New Album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ Released 16th July 2021
New Song ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’ (Available Now) 
LIVE: MANCHESTER/CARDIFF/LONDON
TRAMPOLENE release their third album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ on Friday 16th July through the Strap Originals label. The album features 12 new TRAMPOLENE original songs and was produced by Mike Moore (Baxter Dury/Liam Gallagher), Richard Jackson (Super Furry Animals) & Jason Stafford (Albion Rooms) and mixed by Dave Emery (Arcade Fire/Elbow).

 

 

Says TRAMPOLENE main man Jack Jones: “The album was a way of me summing up my life so far. It made me search into myself and understand that life really is a gift after all and that being at peace isn’t wrong or something you don’t deserve and it actually makes things better that way.”
The new single, a mind-bending maniacal mantra ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’ is the fourth track to be lifted from ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ along with ‘Oh Lover,’ ‘Come Join Me In Life’ and ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir.’ All four tracks can be streamed and downloaded immediately when you preorder ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen 
Jack Jones on the songs:
Gotta Do More Gotta Be More “we’re all told we can be better, we can do more. It’s not always true. Repeat it so often it becomes hypnotic and surreal and loses any sense or meaning. Then you’re free to relax and be yourself.”
Oh Lover’ “started as a one-way message from a boy to a girl about their long distance love affair, but as the Pandemic became the new reality, it morphed into a song about being apart indefinitely…but now in a world that was unrecognisable and where nothing made sense and everything has changed.”
‘The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo’ “a nightmare narrative of things that happen when you’re asleep and your brain is occupied by twisted, weird imaginings that you are convinced are real.”
‘No Love No Kisses’ “I read an article about tower block graveyards in Japan, due to lack of space which then developed into a song about silly domestic rows with your partner.”
‘Remember’ “getting over your compulsions, mine had begun to ruin my life and damage others and they were taking away all my dreams. This is about all the people who helped me through.” 
‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ “came about when I was picking up my little cousin from an after school art class…she had painted a paradise where animals and humans lived in harmony but mistakenly called it an Abattoir…I found the whole thing very charming and jotted it down in my notes…So it’s about an abattoir…but not as you know it…it’s taken straight out of a child’s imagination. It has taken on another meaning for me lately as it is also about slowly going mad being stuck indoors during the Lockdown”
‘Shoot The Lights’ “being stuck in a lockdown with someone you are happy with and not wanting to leave the house and go anywhere.”
‘Lighter Than Paper’ “I got the idea from an episode of ‘Desert Island Discs,’ someone’s husband had died and she was very successful and had friends all over the world that she could do anything with, but no-one she could do nothing with…it stuck with me.”
‘Perfect View’ “is about not selling yourself short – the perfect view is in your mind.”
‘Milan’ “I always wanted to call this Milan on a Comedown, another love song about fighting against having joy in my life…I always thought I was supposed to be lonely and unhappy…” 
‘Come Join Me In Life’ “a call to arms for the left behinds and the voiceless ones…don’t believe what they tell you, its your world too.”
The album also features ‘Born Again’ which is included in the soundtrack to the hugely successful digital Basketball game NBA2K.
‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ will be available on CD, cassette, digital download and 12” vinyl, including beautiful limited marble and Red variants, as well as exclusive formats and signed items.
To celebrate the release of ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ TRAMPOLENE  have announced three shows in Manchester, Cardiff and London during August. To make sure you bagsy a ticket, https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen  the new TRAMPOLENE album and get access to an exclusive pre-sale starting Wednesday 14th April at 10am. Tickets will be on general sale at 10am on Friday 16th April from http://metropolism.uk/B2KB30rDV46  The full dates are:
AUGUST
18th Wednesday Manchester  Deaf Institute
19th Thursday Cardiff  The Globe
20th Friday London  Moth Club

‘Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres’ will have many rushing for the exit and some will stick around and check it out whilst others are true believers that Doherty was handed the baton of real rock and rollers who always find what they’re looking for even if they don’t quite know what it is they are looking for.  They manage to write with great talents to interpret what’s coming out of their mind and who just click and make all the madness sound cohesive and at times quite beautiful,  it’s fair to say the record at times is intimate with tales of love, loss, happiness, tragedy, addiction and work on many levels. The album was recorded live to capture the essence and spirit of the Puta Madres at a family home overlooking a fishing village in Étretat, Normandy, over four days in the summer of 2018. so as the needle drops we are gently led into ‘All At Sea’ with the unmistakable wavering vocals of Doherty. The band are given the room to breathe and at times I’m reminded of albums like Dylans ‘Blood On the Tracks’ and Velvet Underground for the loose arrangments and use of instruments (ok so this might not stack up to those two albums but you get the gist).

‘Whose Been Having You Over’ has a galic flavour and once you lock into the groove its a majestic thing with some fine guitar work from Jones and Doherty and as the first track the violin of Miki Beavis is exceptional and add eastern flavours. ‘Paradise Is Under Your Nose’ is Dohertys finest five minutes and his duet with Jack Jones is on another level for a quite beautiful song.

The autobiographical ‘Narcissistic Teen Makes First XI ‘ is classic dreamy Doherty.  I promise the payback from this album is massive if you invest a bit of time and energy into it.  sure I can see how people will play it once and call it a shambles I get that but give it a chance.  There’s a gentle hand at work here and Doherty sounds content and comfortable with the musicians he’s assembled around him for this record as they play around his relaxed skiffle on tracks like ‘A Fool There Was’ as that gypsy violin leads a merry dance.

It’s not The Libertines and its not his loudest record but it might just be his best.

Author: Dom Daley

Buy Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres Here

In a week when RPM brought you interviews Live Reviews and album Reviews from far and wide, we scoured the globe to bring you bands and releases that matter so you don’t have to do the hard work. Sit back skive off and enjoy.

 

As far as interviews go we went to Vienna for Reverend Backflash Swansea for Jack Jones out of Trampolene who head out on tour this month all over the UK.  we also brought you the words of Jeff Dahl and what his plans are for 2019. Right there are three reasons to keep it RPM for all the chatter that matters in the same week as well! Damn, how good was that?

If those interviews weren’t enough we also brought you album reviews from legends like Glen Matlock who released a new record with some help from the likes of Slim Jim Phantom and Earl Slick. If that wasn’t enough to make you good to go then we also brought you music from Australia in the shape of the excellent Black Heart Breakers, Noo Yawk City in the shape of The Erotics and obviously it wouldn’t be right if Canada didn’t wade in with a new record from a band with immense potential and a bunch of tunes you’d expect from a band who have been around the block a few times in the shape of Sick Things whose album is just getting the vinyl treatment from Gods Candy Records.

 

We might have been a bit stingy on the live front this past week but we did venture to Vienna for some TV Smith and finish the week wiping the sweat and maybe a tear or two from one’s cheek as Jonny Cola And The A-Grades said hello goodbye and thanks for the ride which was a great place to check out for the week.

Now. This week we’ve already brought you Rich Jones and Paul Collins interviews and we have some killer live reviews from the likes of King Brothers and Eric Martin as well as plenty of albums we crack open from Dave Kusworth, Palmyra Delran and Estrons as well as a classic reissue that’s coming on RSD Black Friday that people shouldn’t miss.

 

Not too shabby on the old rock and roll front there I’m sure you’ll agree? Remember to keep it RPM and don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t any rock and roll anymore because we know and you know that’s just bull shit right? Right! If you think you have what it takes to join our band of scribes then drop us a line at rpmonlinetcb@yahoo.com and introduce yourself – we don’t bite and are quite a welcoming bunch.  thanks and as Lux said – stay sick!