Jack Jones (Welsh musician)

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Jack Jones
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Jack Jones in 2016
Background information
Born (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 26)
Swansea, Wales
Genres Alternative rock, garage rock, indie rock, poetry, spoken word
Instruments Vocals, guitar, spoken word
Associated acts Trampolene, Peter Doherty, The Libertines

Jack Jones (born 14 February 1992) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and poet. He is the lead singer and guitarist in the alternative rock band Trampolene, and lead guitarist in Peter Doherty's band the Puta Madres. He also performs music and spoken word poetry as a solo artist. He was born in Swansea and currently lives in London.[1]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Jones is songwriter, guitarist and lead singer in the band Trampolene.

He was asked to be Chrissie Hynde's guitarist, but turned it down due to band commitments with Trampolene.[citation needed]

Jones was Drew McConnell Helsinki's special guest at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London on 19 April 2016, where he played a solo set of poems and songs.[citation needed]

During May 2016, Jack supported Peter Doherty on his UK "Eudaimonia" tour[2] and also played guitar for him. Venues included Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom and two nights at Hackney Empire in London.[3] He also performed at The Libertines secret show at The Boogaloo, London in July 2016.[4]

In 2016 he performed solo at Latitude Festival, whose website describes him as a "music icon".[5]

On 3 September 2016 the day after a playing a headline show at KOKO in Camden, London, with Trampolene, Jones appeared on Tom Robinson's BBC 6 Music show where he performed spoken word and was interviewed,[citation needed] which was filmed for a live stream on the Trampolene Facebook page.

In November 2016, the day after Trampolene headlined at Water Rats in London, Jones flew to Argentina to become Peter Doherty's lead guitarist in his band the Puta Madres,for a November/December 2016 tour of Argentina, France and UK[6].[citation needed] They played two shows for the reopening of Le Bataclan in Paris, followed by a week's tour across France and then Kentish Town Forum in London and Manchester Albert Hall. Jones opened the shows with a solo music and spoken word set, before rejoining the stage as Peter's lead guitarist.[6] He was described in a five star review in The Independent newspaper as "Swansea's finest" and "sickeningly talented".[7]

Jones played two solo shows at the end of 2016, Kazoopa Festival, Leeds in November [8]and This Feeling's New Year's Eve night at Nambucca, London.[9][citation needed]

He played two solo shows at Russell Brand's charity Trew Era Cafe,[10] toured European and South American festivals across Europe in the summer as Peter Doherty's guitarist and a performed a solo acoustic and spoken word set and a DJ set at Glastonbury festival.

In November 2017 Jones was interviewed by Janice Long and played acoustic songs live on her BBC Radio Wales show. He was also featured on the promotional video for Swansea's bid for City of Culture.[11]

Jones was featured on "Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV" in May 2018.[12]

To commemorate Trampolene's appearance at BBC Music's Biggest Weekend in Swansea in May 2018, Jones was featured in a "Wonder Wall" mural of Welsh musicians, by street artist Pure Evil. [13]

His debut solo single, the AA side "Swim Up"/"It's Not My Thing" was released on 7 September 2018 and was played regularly on BBC Radio 1, Radio 6 and Radio X. The single was written with and features Mike Moore, who also plays guitar for Liam Gallagher.[14]

Spoken word[edit]

In addition to his poems being an integral part of Trampolene as a band, Jack Jones also performs spoken word poetry as a solo artist. Dr John Cooper Clarke has described his writing as "...exceptional poetry, funny and depressing at the same time and how often can you say that."[15][16]

The video for Health & Wellbeing (at Wood Green Job Centre) was premiered on The Guardian website,[17] Ketamine was premiered on Vice Noisey on 21 October 2015,[18] Pound Land was premiered on Gigwise on 18 December 2015.[19] Gigwise said of Jack Jones "indie has a new poster boy" in their article "Artists who are going to own 2016".[20] Music business legend and 1965 Records owner James Endeacott described Trampolene as a "great band and their singer Jack is a wonder" when sharing the video for Artwork of Youth on his blog.[21]

In 2015, Jones performed his poetry at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton,[22] Stoke Newington Literary Festival[23] and "Bring the Ruckus" at The Albany in London.[24]

In January 2016 he was personally invited by Peter Doherty and Carl Barât of The Libertines to perform on their sell-out arena tour. He performed two poems and then welcomed the band to the stage in front of 20,000 fans. In his first feature in the NME he is introduced as "Jack Jones, singer in Welsh indie rockers Trampolene, plucked from life living in the back of his broken-down van to follow in the proud pre-Libs poetry footsteps of none other than Russell Brand."[25] On 7 September 2016 he reprised this role to perform his "To Be A Libertine" poem and introduce The Libertines at Brixton Academy for their Unity Rocks charity show.[26]

Writing and other media[edit]

Jones' first fashion shoot was for OutThere Style magazine, published February 2016[27] and was featured wearing jewellery for Pirate Treasures "Stage Style" collection also in February 2016.[28]

Jones' first article for The Guardian was published on 18 March 2016.[29]

On 15 June 2016 the NME published a poem Jones wrote for them about the UK's EU Referendum, based on The Clash song "Should I Stay or Should I Go?".[30]

Influences[edit]

Jones' writing influences include Julian Cope and Dylan Thomas[31] and according to The Musical Manual his spoken word poem Ketamine "shares stark resemblance to workings of punk-poet legend, John Cooper Clarke.".[32] Even the Stars music blog described "Ketamine" as "laced with wit and humour and the other ["Pound Land"] a droll comical observation of modern life based around a visit to Poundland".[33] Jones has been described as a "singer, guitarist and full-on enigma",[34] a "fine poet...With a John Cooper Clarke-esque delivery of his sideways glance into the uglier corners of modern society...wistful and witty poems"[35] and as having "extraordinary stage presence".[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Trampolene". Radsound. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "EUDAIMONIA TOUR – Details – A Night of Music, Poetry and Spoken Word – Albion Rooms". Albion Rooms. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gigwise". 
  4. ^ "The Libertines – Secret Show at the Boogaloo – The Boogaloo". 29 July 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  5. ^ admin (25 May 2016). "Keith Allen's Establishment Club". Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Pete Doherty at the Bataclan: The Story Of His Moving And Momentous Show – NME". NME. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Peter Doherty at the Bataclan – review". The Independent. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Festival Review: Kazoopa Festival, 26/11/16 – The Gryphon". www.thegryphon.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  9. ^ "This Feeling NYE extravaganza! Rick Witter & Paul Banks of SHED SEVEN (acoustic) Jack Jones (Trampolene) The Black Roses & much more!". www.nambucca.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  10. ^ "Jack Jones ~ intimate acoustic set *SOLD OUT* – Heyevent.uk". heyevent.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Swansea 2021 – 2021 UK City of Culture Bid". swansea2021.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Liam Gallagher favourites Trampolene perform two tracks and talk about the influences and inspiration behind them for This Feeling TV - Gigslutz". Gigslutz. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2018-07-16. 
  13. ^ "BBC Biggest Weekend Welsh Music Wonder Wall with Huw Stephens". welsh-music-wonder-wall.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-16. 
  14. ^ "Trampolene's Jack Jones shares debut solo tracks 'Swim Up' and 'It's Not My Thing'". Far Out Magazine. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-09-21. 
  15. ^ "Trampolene – Stage Style | Pirate Treasures London". www.pirate-treasures.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "TRAMPOLENE salute 'TOM HARDY' Oscar nomination with new single (AVAILABLE NOW)". WithGuitars. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  17. ^ music, Guardian (4 March 2015). "Trampolene – Health & Wellbeing (At Wood Green Job Centre): Video premiere". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Come Listen to Some Poetry About Ketamine, Courtesy of Trampolene | NOISEY". NOISEY. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  19. ^ Trefor, Cai. "Premiere: Trampolene release stunning new video for 'Pound Land' | Gigwise". gigwise.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  20. ^ Pollard, Will Butler, Andrew Trendell, Alexandra. "50 new artists that are going to own 2016 | Gigwise". gigwise.com. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Trampolene – Artwork of Youth". jamesendeacott. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Trampoline announce miniLP and single : garage rock band deal the gutter poetry – Louder Than War". Louder Than War. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "TRAMPOLENE – New Free Download – Spoken word single – POUND LAND". WithGuitars. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Bring The Ruckus". wherevent.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  25. ^ NME.COM. "Meet The Libertines' Tour Poet | NME.COM". NME. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  26. ^ NME.COM. "Watch The Libertines play first full British gig for nine months | NME.COM". NME. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Jack Jones/Simon Sarin + Nina Thompson OUT THERE STYLE – OutThere/Style". Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  28. ^ "Stage Style Jewellery | Pirate Treasures London". www.pirate-treasures.com. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Young people don't have tribes any more. We have smartphones instead". The Guardian. 18 March 2016. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  30. ^ NME.COM. "The Libertines' Tour Poet Ponders Brexit in This New Poem". NME. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  31. ^ "Gigslutz Interview: Trampolene – Gigslutz". Gigslutz. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  32. ^ "The Music Manual: Trampolene". themusicmanual.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  33. ^ "Even The Stars: Whiteboy / Trampolene / Bad Molly – Manchester Night And Day – 25th July 2015". eventhestars.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  34. ^ "Even The Stars: Introducing – Trampolene". eventhestars.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  35. ^ Trendell, Andrew. "Gigwise Office Sessions: Trampolene performs 'Ketamine' | Gigwise". gigwise.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  36. ^ "NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY – Trampolene". subba-cultcha.com. Retrieved 21 February 2016.