So this summer has been a pretty busy one for Jake and the Boys. They started off in April only being together for 2 weeks before recording their new EP ‘Hey Brigh Eyes’. After this was finished being mastered and produced they set off around Norfolk, playing as many local gigs as they could.
In June the band started up their gigging around Norfolk in local pubs and clubs and even a small acoustic set at Hunstantons Lifestyles Festival but soon found themselves stretching out to Stoke to play at the Harper Adams University Summer Ball, alongside Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Twin Atlantic and Jaguar Skills! They found our later that 2500 tickets had been sold for the gig!.
July came fast and it can only be said that the boys momentum was growing fast, Jake, Lewis and Tom appeared on BBC Radio Norfolk for their first ever live session with Steven Bumfrey who after they had played outrightly said on the radio ’ I could here this music on Radio 1’. During the month of July Jake and the band played a number of local gigs, getting as tight as they could as a band and getting as much experience as possible before their biggest gig of the summer yet, headline support for the Brand New Heavies at this years Festival too, Europes second largest free festival.
Still busy in August Jake and the Band got asked to support another local band at the fantastic Norwich Arts Center!Where bands such as Coldplay, Muse and Nirvana are known to have played! Towards the end of the month Jake, Tom and Lewis headed off to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival ( Rob had to work) where after the 9 Hour trip up to scotland they worked hard doing a final tally of 26 shows in 4 days selling over 190 CD’s and are looking forward to their return next year, where they are wanting to just do bigger and better things! At the end of August, Jake and the band played their own headline gig at The finest music pub in Norwich, B2/Brickmakers along side Tom Pearce and TheRossWoodhouseBand as support. It was a fantastic evening of music.
September was interesting for the Boys, Starting off shooting the first part of their music video alongside Riarmato productions. Gigging in Leeds soon after their video shoot. They also got the opportunity to play at the Norwich Birdcage bar, which was a great venue and evening put on for the Norwich arts college Freshers! The lads then went over to the other side of Norwich, somewhere near Alesham to play at a very sweet festival called ‘Gypsy in the field Festival’ which they had great fun at. At the end of september the guys reached out of their local area and ventured a few times to cambridge, once for a Cambridge university Freshers Party gig and once for a live session on BBC Introducing Cambridge. Jake has also done a Norwich BBC introducing interview which is due to be aired in mid October.
Autumn has come at last and now the boys are looking to just get booked up for next years summer festivals and to play as much as they can in the coming months all over the UK .. Stay tuned for regular updates!!
Jake Morrell is from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, and he previously lived and studied in Falmouth, during his three-year Graphic Design BA.
Jake Morrell was originally a solo artist but now he has a band (Rob Wiseman – keyboard, Tom Maddison – double bass, Lewis Jenkins – percussion), which adds depth and maturity to his new E.P – Her Bright Eyes.
Jake’s music lifts you up. His voice is streaming with soft melodies and it carries the other instruments. His lyrics are simple and yet evocative, they carry meaning without shouting it off the rooftops. Jake’s music is relevant to everyone because he talks about things we can all relate to.
“Did I!!” is my favorite song on the E.P. because it’s a song that you can’t help but sing aloud to, and creates a sense of complete understanding of the mystery of all Jake’s work.
His first album, Garden Daze, focused on a mixture of love lost, fun found, and hope. His new E.P shows a shift in Jake’s music. His voice has more depth and the inclusion of the band brings a completed feel to Jake and his music.
Unlike his first album, the new E.P. was produced. The songs themselves continue the hopeful note that Garden Daze ends on. However, it shows a step up from an up-and-coming artist who began his journey in our very own “Fally Town [of] Fun”.
An Interview with the Man Himself
What was the inspiration behind the new E.P?
Events of my life; what I like to do is find minor things in life and expand on them to get my message across. However, I try to do this whilst still keeping the mystery of the song.
What is your favorite song (from either the E.P. or Garden Daze)?
My favorite song, to play, would be “Did I!!” (and from hearing him at the Garden Party I can say he plays this very well!)
What is your favorite band at the moment, or who are you listening to?
Charlie Simpson, Ben Howard, Twin Atlantic (they have a heavy, Biffy Clyro feel), and Rudimental (if you haven’t heard Rudimental watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9YrfHVB4ic - not the original video for the song but has some ridiculously good dancing!)
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Haha! A very teacher-style question there! Well I hope to have released my second album and be on or have been on, at least a U.K. tour. Wembley would be nice.
If you could meet any musician/famous person who would it be?
Hmm I don’t know that many famous people but I would have to say Michael Jackson, just because he would be crazy to hang out with. Or Jurassic 5 (for anyone who has no idea who they are, myself included, they are an American alternative hip hop group formed in 1993).
In the next couple of months I have a few gigs; a photo shoot; a video to film for Help Sign, a track from the new E.P., which is set to be a fairly dark video; Festival Too, which is the second largest free festival, where I’ll be playing to a 10,000 plus audience and supporting Brand New Heavies; and finally I have been playing around with a new twelve string guitar I found in my attic. I have also recently written two new songs: one softer and one that is a bit more anthem-y (i.e. EPIC!).
So for the hottest weekend so far I was back on uni turf in Falmouth to perform at Garden Party as the headline act on the Acoustic stage. I was well chuffed to be asked back as I have a lot of fond memories of performing throughout my uni life and it was cool to reignite my Falmouth fan club! They sang along very loudly as I played my set which included, ‘Imaginary Friend’, ‘Garden Daze’, ‘Did I?!’, ‘Help Sign’, ‘Sparrow’ and David Gray’s, ‘Babylon’. Garden Party is such a brilliant, laid-back evening and manages to create a festival-esq feel with face painting, fairground rides, people drinking pimms on deckchairs and eating strawberries on haybails; you couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better setting. Simon Boult and his double bass player also performed a mind blowing set and after me there was an awesome DJ set from Recklessly Organic to finish off the evening until the stannery DJ PARTAY!. It truly was a brilliant night and weekend and so good to catch up with old friends and fans!