Post-punk is truly still alive and kicking and thank fuck it is. Let me introduce you to The Jackdaw, formed in November 2019, they are a young post-punk band from Brighton who I am massively excited and impressed by. Holding nothing back, they play fast, snarling, raw and aggressive music which immediately grabs you upon first listen. Their first single ‘Disappointed’ sounds truly enormous and unsurprisingly has been played by BBC Introducing South & BBC Radio 6. Conveying scorn, sarcasm and disgust about cocaine through speak-sing, the vocal delivery that performers John Lydon and Mark E Smith dealt in, you’ll deffo find yourself quickly returning to “Disappointed” for another listen.
I caught up with the band to find out more…
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are and how you formed?
We are The Jackdaw. We are aged 16-20 from Brighton and we formed in November 2019. There are 2 brothers in the band.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
We make loud, fast, angry music. We draw influence from early punk, heavy rock and rockabilly. We’d like to think if you put the Sex Pistols, Qotsa and The Cramps in a smoothie it would taste a bit like our music.
How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging?
Times have been productive for us over lockdown. The lack of gigging has been unbearable, but it’s also made us focus on creating as much new material as possible.
What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?
We just feel sorry for the venues to be honest. When this mess is over, we’ll be trying to help them recover by filling them up as much as we can.
2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for you in 2020?
Our positives were playing our firsts ever gigs! We also released our first ever single ‘Disappointed’ which was played on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Tell me about your most recent please or upcoming single/album…
‘Disappointed’ was self-produced and is about the raucous behaviour undertaken by youths in society. It is ‘gratifyingly stroppy’ according to Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue to play after Covid-19?
We’ve only done 2 gigs so far; both were sold out at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton. It’s a lovely little venue. We had more gigs in bigger venues planned in Summer 2020, but they were cancelled due to that virus thing. Our dream venue would be Ally Pally or O2 Academy Brixton.
Favourite festival you’ve played or want to play and why?
We haven’t played any festivals yet – the dream would be Reading/Leeds because of how unbelievable the crowd is. It’s also probably the most suited to our style of music even though it’s less ‘Rocky’ than it used to be.
What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best?
The readers should listen to ‘disappointed’ right now. It perfectly shows off our angry nature and the gritty riffs will spin your head round.
What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
In early 2021 we are working with producer Dan Swift (Snow Patrol and Aqualung) to record 4 new singles. We have numerous headline and support gigs booked and are moving on to much bigger venues…
Big things to come from this band, be sure to follow them to keep up-to-date…
Instagram – @officialthejackdaw
Twitter – @thejackdaw2
Spotify – The Jackdaw