Caramel Jack

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Caramel Jack
Origin Brighton, England
Genres Americana, indie, alternative country, pop, folk, experimental
Years active 1995–present
Labels World of Furr (2000)
Website www.facebook.com/CaramelJackMusic
Members Joe Doveton
Richard Scott
Michael Eyers
Simon Gunningham

Caramel Jack are a pop, folk and experimental band based in Brighton, England.

History[edit]

Caramel Jack formed in Brighton in 1995, around the song writing and production team of Joe Doveton and Richard Scott, and are noted for their genre-defying mixture of styles.[1]

During live performances, the duo are augmented by a variety of additional musicians and singers, with bassist Michael Eyers, and drummer Simon Gunningham, providing the mainstay rhythm section.

Citing influences as diverse as Talk Talk, Miracle Legion,[2] Igor Stravinsky, The Byrds, Charlie Mingus, Tom Waits and The Triffids[3] they have produced a rich body of original work of which Uncut[4] said: “The diversity is mind-spinning—country-folk to chamber-pop to burlesque with hip hop beats” and has led the UK promoters The Gilded Palace Of Sin[5] to describe them as “the most inventive band to come out of Brighton.”

On their most recent albums they have had cameo performances by pedal-steel player B.J. Cole,[3] trombonist Ashley Slater, electric cellist Bela Emerson[6][7] and Los Albertos trumpet player, Des Crawley whilst their debut recordings were produced by Richard Walmsley of Beatmasters fame.

Their 2008 album, 1900, contained their only non-original recording by featuring a genuine sea shanty "Away Haul Away" (often titled "Haul Away Joe" in other artists’ recordings of the tune).

Film[edit]

The tracks "King Solomon" and "Bring The Mountain", from their album Everybody Get Shot, were featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 film, We've Got The Toaster.[8]

TV[edit]

In 1996 the band made an appearance in the ITV Meridian TV show The Pier.[9] Entitled "It's Not Only Rock And Roll" the programme also featured The Levellers, Kula Shaker, Gary Crowley and Chris Evans.

Other activities[edit]

Richard Scott contributed music that was used in the 2007 documentary interactive DVD "Traces Of Lee Miller – Echoes From St. Malo", released by ByHand Productions with the involvement of the Lee Miller Archive[10] and the University of Sussex, about the photographer’s coverage of the siege of the French town towards the end of World War II.

Band members[edit]

  • Joe Doveton (vocals)
  • Richard Scott (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
  • Michael Eyers (bass guitar)
  • Simon Gunningham (drums)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

"Modern Girls On Trains", from The Curse Of Caramel Jack, was featured on the compilation album, Abuse Your Friends Vol.2 - Various Artists.[11]

Sessions[edit]

The track "Them's Just Cats" was recorded in 2003 for Juice 107.2 radio show Totally Wired.[12] It was featured in the shows "Metway Sessions" which are recorded at The Levellers Metway Studios[13] in Brighton.

Magazines[edit]

"We Could Build Skyscrapers", from 1900 featured on the Classic Rock Magazine spin-off, Classic Rock Presents Prog[14] December 2009 (issue 5) free CD, 'Prognosis 5'.

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