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JARCREW (Rod Thomas)

...have to be seen live to be believed! The lead singer is a whirlwind of energy and well worth seeing live.

1. What are you currently up to?

We are making up songs for our second record...we are also about to start promoting the release of remixed first record and getting ready to do a tour and stuff...

2. Who were your influences?

The biggest influence on our career is seeing the wasters who live in our hometown who have never escaped -we strive to never end up like them - this gets stronger everyday.

3. Your live show is very intense and the vocalist is a whirl of energy. How do you approach each gig?

It is best not to play, but more like beat up a live show, it really is one of most amazing things a human can do, without being too egotistical. We try and express our joy physically rather then verbally.

4. Could you take us through some personal highlights of your debut album? How do the band go about writing material? highlight is the looongg gap of silence in the track Boxcar Trends right at the end of the track, this makes me smile. Why? If I could explain then it wouldnt be any good. The way we write songs? Get in a room and just hit stuff.

5. Brief history of your work to date and the style of music you play.

...we recorded a demo in a goths attic, got noticed by the notorious Jo Hunt, recorded a single for her label Complete Control...glimpses of genius led to us making the album on a shoestring, got signed to Gut Records and r mixed the album blah - we play punk rock.

6. What have been the highlight(s) and low point(s) of your career to date?

The highlight is yet to come hopefully

7. What has been the live highlight(s) for the band? How easy/hard is it to get gigs and promotion for the gigs?

Live highlights...we used to play gigs in a shed in the middle of nowhere where we live.The shows were just full of the weirdest people you could meet big fat Australians hippies and Irish smack heads - eye opening. I think the difficulty of getting shows all depends on how good your band is live - in Cardiff shows are promoted well - spesh the posters.

8. If you could create a fantasy band - what would be the line-up and why?

Fantasy band? ON THE DRUMKITS-John Bonham and Clyde Stubberfield (James Brown's drummer) ON BASS-Cliff Burton or that bass player from The Rapture-ON GEETARS-Kevin Sheilds (My Bloody Valentine) and Andy Gill (Gang Of Four)-ON VOCALS-Bjork-maybe Prince or Dr John on the piano and keys-oh yeah, and call the band apples. WHY?..jeez man, where do you start? It would be an amazing sound!

9. What state do you think rock music and live gigs are in at the moment?

Rock music is in a good state, always was, always will be. A kid in Russia will pick up a Led Zep album tomorrow and might not have a clue of its origins, but the feeling that kid will get when he puts the record on will be so amazing and exciting - that kid might then hear a new band like Lightning Bolt or The Mars Volta and feel the same way - it's all timeless.

10. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased?

Our recorded long player, entitled Jarcrew is out in October - it's tougher and louder and makes less sense. All your good record shops will sell it - or even better, come see us live and do whatever you can to get a freebie, haha.

11. Message to your fans...

They dont love you like we love you.

12. What CD's do you currently have available and where can they be purchased from?

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