Jack Daniel’s announces a roster of seven bands – “Jack Rocks 7” – handpicked to play at four major festivals the brand will be collaborating with this summer. In partnership with Britain’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll club night, This Feeling, the seven acts will tour the UK performing at The Great Escape, the Isle of Wight Festival, Glasgow’s inaugural TRNSMT, and Reading Festival.
Jack Rocks, an inspirational undertaking to take bands to the next level. The project is obviously working with the success they have produced so far. Well, the story continues.. Jack Rocks 7 is here…. We took a moment to look at the bands that have been picked to cement their foundations on the countries main stages.
Trampolene are a ferocious Welsh three-piece, fronted by Libertines’ tour poet, Jack Jones. A heavy favourite amongst bloggers and music enthusiasts alike bring their Rock and Roll Poetry to the Road. Being hailed as the saviours of Indie guitar music is a heavy undertaking, but our Welsh contingents take it all in their stride. “Have you heard the Rock & Roll? Classless British, And no control. I know what it means, To be a Libertine.” An unfiltered battle with the soul would be the only way to describe the musings of this artistic bunch. The honest, gritty and unambiguous rouge.
Explosive indie-rockers The Wholls, picked out by BBC R1 as the ‘Best of Reading 2016’, and come hot off the back of a European tour and recent signing to Sony Music GmbH. The Wholls are an explosive 4 piece from Bedford who are quickly making their presence felt across the UK. They have brought a gun to a knife fight and aren’t afraid to shoot. I can honestly say you are listening to the sound of the future when you hear any one of their infectious anthems. Fighting back against the monotonous replicas that are being churned out by the barrowful… The Wholls are an inspiration! They give a cheeky wink to the bands that gave them inspiration but giving it a new vibe which the genre needs…. Big things to come, of that I have no doubt!
South Yorkshire powerhouse band Bang Bang Romeo,bring huge female vocals, spiralling guitars and reverberating basslines. The female led foursome are a tour de force at the moment, and the momentum surrounding this band has doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Drawing on a wide range influences from the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and Papas, The Smashing Pumpkins and Fleetwood Mac gives BANG BANG ROMEO a unique cutting edge sound. They have been likened to a Tarantino film score with their dramatic flair and sharp edgey riffs. The vocals from Anastasia Walker are phenomenol and she brings the power and emotion. It almost seems ‘Bond Esque’ feeling so simultaneously dark and final with its dramatic delivery. ‘Invitation’ is a stand out track for me which just shows the amazing stand out sound this band has. If I could place one band to be the next big thing I think BBR would be it…
Birmingham-based Broken Witt Rebels –compared to early Kings of Leon –bring their Nashville-inspired blues rock to the stage. A little slice of Americana flowing out of this amazing band.. Tennesee, New Orleans Or Birmingham? Who cares….. Soul is Soul! This Blues infused foursome would give any Southern rockers a run for their money. Sit back and take note, this band isn’t going to make it, they already have! Their destiny is written… From the first note, you just know there is something special about this band. With words beyond their years and an amazing rhymic blur that burns away like the fuse on a firework, just waiting to explode. This band grab hold of you and do not let go… This is stunning, truly stunning. Kings Of Leon paved the way for the commercial likings of the country rock phenomenon in the UK. Well you can stand aside now lads, The Broken Witt Rebels can take it from here! This is the Brummie Blues.
Possibly the most eclectic of the group, White Room bring their psychedelic funk rock groove to the party. Another bloggers favourite, White Room both surprise and delight with such a diverse and musically tangled web of tracks. It is hard to pinpoint where they land on genre of song style as each track sounds and feels so different to the last. The Brighton-based five-piece have already won the patronage of Modfather Paul Weller, for their compelling live shows. It’s ballsy, intriguing and damn good music. White Room are a Wild Card for me. But everyone loves a Wild Card!
The Blinders, who have previously received exclusive plays on both BBC R1 and 6Music for their singles, one of which was produced by Gavin Monaghan (of Editors fame). A dark gritty punk infused descent into madness. The Blinders certainly know how to play, but I feel they fall into a very niche market. I’m really looking forward to seeing this band at festivals and seeing the reception they get. The Donny Lads, now based in Manchester have developed a cult following along their travels. Picking up rave reviews as they develop and grow artistically.
Completing the seven will be psychedelic folk-rock band The Sundowners, label mates with The Coral, who are set to release their second LP in May, produced by James Skelly. The Wirral 5-piece bring their dreamy psychotropic vibes to the main stages of the UK. The 60’s melodic styling of the lead singers has made them a formidable live act. Sundowners proudly proclaim their inspirations as Velvet Underground, Tame Impala, Goat, Can and Neu! They have toured with Cat’s Eyes and Kasabian and received stunning praise. Sundowners are psychedelic pop and folk powerhouse, rammed with some juicy guitar riffs and melodic upbeat drums, topped off with a duality of spectacular vocals. The music they are producing is so fresh and out of place with the current flow of bands, but yet it feels so right! The vocals are amazing and feel so nostalgic yet have a modern twist.
Having hosted over 400 gigs at small venues nationwide and curated new music stages at some of the UK’s biggest festivals, this summer’s events see the Jack Rocks programme continue to shine a light on the headliners of tomorrow. Since 2014, Jack Rocks has championed independently spirited acts and, along with This Feeling, has been part of the journey for some of today’s hottest talents.
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