Jason Perry (rock singer)
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|Also known as||Lead Singer of ’A’|
29 December 1969 |
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
|Associated acts||A, McFly, The Subways|
Jason Perry is an English singer-songwriter and record producer. He is the lead vocalist of the Suffolk based band ’A’. He has an identical twin brother, Adam, and a younger brother, Giles, both of whom are also members of the band. Recently, Perry has produced albums by Ivyrise, The Blackout, Kids in Glass Houses, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Futures, Matt Willis and McFly.
A (1995-2005, 2008-present)
’A’ was formed in the late 1980s, as 'Grand Designs', and changed its name to 'A' in 1993. The band cited their influences as: Rush, The Beach Boys, Van Halen and the Beastie Boys. At the time Perry had a job creating music for TV ads. He bought a studio, which he also used to produce some demos for the band. ’A’ landed a deal with London Records in 1996, and released records under their own "Tycoon Records" subsidiary. In 1997 they recorded their debut album How Ace Are Buildings over three months in California. Perry co-produced the album with Thom Wilson, most famous for producing The Offspring's "Smash". ’A’ began to build up a loyal following in the UK, touring with the likes of The Sex Pistols, Jesus Jones and their heroes Faith No More. After the album was released, bassist Stevie Swindon parted ways with the band and was replaced by their friend and satanist Daniel P Carter. In 1998 How Ace Are Buildings was re-released on ltd edition vinyl, with a bonus record featuring live tracks, remixes, clips from interviews, answering machine messages and general silliness. The record was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Perry.
In 1999 they released their second album 'A' vs. Monkey Kong, which had a more mature sound than their debut, and is regarded by many as their finest hour. With its release they began touring internationally for the first time. The single "I Love Lake Tahoe", about their love of snowboarding at Lake Tahoe was a big hit in Germany, and in 2000 the band embarked on a worldwide tour with The Bloodhound Gang. Perry produced many of the B-sides from this period.
The third album was Hi-Fi Serious, recorded in Germany with producer Al Clay in 2001. The first single, "Nothing", was the heaviest thing the band had recorded to date, and went crashing into the UK top 10. This was followed by top 20 hit "Starbucks". The band spent 2002 touring worldwide, appearing at many of the world's major festivals, and won a Kerrang award for best British band. This was the bands most successful period to date.
After a brief delay, the fourth studio album was recorded in early 2004 in Seattle, with producer Terry Date. Again, the album marked a more mature sound for the band, and was regarded as containing the bands strongest material. Around the time the album was completed, the bands UK label, London Records, was bought out by Warner Music. Unfortunately this meant the album was shelved for the rest of the year.
’A’ returned with a four night residency at the Metro Club in London, followed by a tour of Germany and a 19 date UK tour. First single "Rush Song" was released in May, but due to their two-year absence, coupled with the re-emergence of Britpop, with bands such as Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand dominating the airwaves, the single inevitably received very little airplay, TV coverage or press, as well as little promotion from their label. The single entered the charts at number 35, giving them a fourth top 40 hit. The album Teen Dance Ordinance was finally released on 18 July 2005. The album was well received amongst fans, and received positive reviews in the press, but after a main stage appearance at the Download Festival in the UK, and some dates with Avril Lavigne in Germany, it was announced that the band was being dropped by their label, Warner Music, due to poor record sales, and that the band was going into hiatus, stating that they would be unable to continue financially.
’A’ returned in 2007 to play a one off festival in Rochford, and have been touring sporadically ever since. Perry revealed that a fifth A studio album is in the works. As of August 2013, there is no further news on a potential fifth album.
Production and other work
Perry's work as a record producer began in 2005, initially as part of "Collective", a songwriting and production team, also featuring established songwriter Julian Emery, and ’A’ bassist Daniel P Carter.
The team then worked with McFly on their third album Motion In The Ocean. The album was a huge success reaching the top 10 and spawning three number 1 singles in the UK. Perry also produced the band's fourth album Radio:Active, released in July 2008 as a Mail on Sunday supplement, followed by a full release in September 2008. More recently, Perry has worked with Ivyrise The Blackout, Kids in Glass Houses, Futures, and Matthew P.
Perry spent his childhood in Leeds, before moving to Suffolk with his family at the age of 13. He attended Reydon High School, where he met guitarist Mark Chapman and bassist Stevie Swindon. Together they formed the band Grand Designs, with Jason's twin brother Adam on drums, and by the late 1980s they were playing regular gigs in and around Lowestoft. The band had a prog rock inspired sound, similar to that of It Bites, Yes and Rush. After finishing high school, Perry attended Suffolk College where he studied graphic design. In 1991, he moved to London where he shared a flat with Adam, Stevie and Dan Hawkins, who later went on to be in The Darkness. Perry married his longtime girlfriend Holly in 1999, the couple had their first child Zack four years later.
Producer and writer
|2005||The Riverclub||Long Before I Reach the Phone|
|2006||Matt Willis||Don't Let It Go to Waste|
|2006||McFly||Motion in the Ocean|
|2009||The Blackout||The Best in Town|
|2009||Kids in Glass Houses||Dirt|
|2010||McFly||Above the Noise|
|2011||Kids in Glass Houses||In Gold Blood|
|2013||Octane Ok||Face the Facts|
- Virtual Festivals: http://www.virtualfestivals.com (6 July 2005). "NASS Festival: Jason Perry from 'A' - - Interviews". Virtualfestivals.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.