The Jackobins had a huge year in 2016 surrounding the release of their last single ‘Hasty’ and they’re set to replicate it, but on a huge scale in 2017. The band are currently playing across the country on a mammoth UK tour alongside The Americas and The Bad Habits, as well as having a handful of festival dates coming up.
The band have had a slight lineup change since their last release, but they’re finally back even bigger and better than ever. The Jackobins have even been named as “one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects” by Gigwise.
We decided to chat to The Jackobins regarding the upcoming single, future festivals, the future and much, much more!
Hi there! How would you describe your upcoming single to someone who’s never listened to you before?
I’d say the best thing will be to listen to it and decide for yourselves! It has a certain Echo and The Bunnymen feel to it. It’s dark and spacey and quite alternative to what we’ve done so far, it was a very exciting route to take and we got a few more songs like that in store to showcase soon.
Since your last single release, two new members, Tom Donoghue and Sean Burns have joined the band! Has having two new people in the band changed the overall dynamic of The Jackobins?
The lads are simply fantastic. They’re really creative, but at the same time don’t really have any major egos which was a problem in the past. It’s a pleasure playing with musicians who understand the dynamics of a songwriting and contribute so much.
Out of all of the festivals you’ve already been announced to be playing this year, which one are you most looking forward to and why?
It will have to be Sound City and Hope and Glory. Both festivals have incredible line ups and nothing beats playing on home soil. That being said the ones we’re looking forward to the mosts are not yet announced, so keep your eyes peeled!
What originally sparked your interest in creating music?
The girls, the free drugs and the fame! Haha. All jokes aside, to me personally it’s an outlet helping me to express my inner self. I can say a lot more through the guitar than in any conversation. Playing onstage is one of the only times I can truly be myself, it helps me to escape from day to day reality and in a funny way music it’s my most loyal friend that has never let me down.
If you could play absolutely anywhere in the world, regardless whether the place already hosts live music or not, where would it be and why?
It will be in The Houses of Parliament. I’d love be able to say what’s on my mind to the current government and I’d like to see the place being put to good use for once it’s history.
You’re touring up and down the UK throughout April and May! Is there anywhere (other than Liverpool of course!) in the country that you’re more popular than you’d have expected?
Everywhere, haha. It’s always amazing seeing so many new and old faces when we tour. I think people up north in general dig our music more and always turn up in good numbers though. I don’t think we ever had a bad northern gig!
It amazes me how much the songs mean to some people, it the past we had folks traveling from Glasgow and London to see us in Liverpool, which is just mind blowing.
And finally, what’s in store for the future for The Jackobins and what have you got planned for the rest of 2017?
We got another big tour later on in the year, some really exciting festivals to announce and several new releases. It’s looks like a very promising year and we can’t wait to see everyone on the road.
We thank The Jackobins very much for their time! The band’s latest single is set for release imminently, so stay tuned and we’ll let you know more when we can! You can follow them on social media and also listen to their previous releases via Soundcloud via the links below.
The Jackobins are currently embarking on huge UK tour and you can see them at the following/remaining dates:
21st – Dublin Castle – London
22nd – Think Tank- Newcastle
28th – AMP Fest – Sheffield
29th – The Verve Bar – Leeds
6th – Jimmy’s Manchester
13th – Rock City – Nottingham
14th – The Crescent – York
19th – Audio – Glasgow
20th – Woodland Creatures – Edinburgh
28th – Liverpool Sound City