From: Brighton, UK
Sounds Like: Jangular British rock that sounds like it ought to be signed to Big Scary Monsters.
Thrash Hits verdict: Interesting rhythms, jangly, angular guitars and multi-layered a capella vocal parts that blend into huge choruses. It’s a well-worn sound that should see Jumping Ships on support bills all over the shop. Read their influences and watch the video below and you’ll understand completely.
How did you meet?
We all moved to Brighton to study and were brought together through our respective friends.
Where did the name come from?
I have loads of phrases/lyrics in my phone that i just jot down randomly. We were looking for a band name and the phrase ‘Jumping Ships’ was in there. The other guys liked it and we went with it.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Gigging!!! There’s nothing better than than playing a packed out gig where everyone is getting into it. Free stuff as well. The best things in life are most definitely free!
With which band would your dream tour be?
Biffy Clyro and Oceansize. [That’s a bit 2002! – TH ed]
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Max Raptor, Hold Your Horse Is, The Xcerts.
What’s the most memorable shows you’ve played?
White Air Festival on Brighton seafront with Biffy Clyro and Flood of Red was the best. Looking out over the sea, we played at dusk and it was pretty amazing. One of the funniest shows was at Sticky Fungus a venue in Staines. The venue was 800 capacity and used to be a strip club. It was just us and this old school metal band that were pals with Iron Maiden. The other band also started rocking out some shred covers of Stereophonics songs as well. Think the venue has since shut down.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Die Antwoord and Wintersleep.
Tell us a joke
Um… Why did Bill Clinton stop playing the saxophone? He was too busy playing the whore-monica…
The Brightonians released their debut EP, Orientation on Monday, 25 October 2010 and will be on tour around the UK in November. Find out more on Jumping Ships’ official MySpace.