The world is in the palm of this band’s hand right now – from being featured in The Independent’s top albums of 2017, to announcing their own headline tour, nothing is out of reach for Trampolene.
After being thrust into the mainstream with a unique blend of lyrical mastery and spoken word wonders, we stopped for a quick natter with the memorable frontman to discuss the band’s work, fashion, and who’d win in a fight between great working class writers.
After your stomping performance at The Leadmill for our Musicians Against Homelessness gig, I noticed that Jack was a fan of wearing a hi-vis jacket. Apparently this is a frequent occurrence, so what’s the story behind it?
I swapped it with a council worker outside the venue before the first gig of the tour for my leather jacket. I wore it everyday – and slept in it too. It smelt so bad by the end of the tour that you could smell me coming from a hundred yards away.
There’s an ongoing series of crises that directly impact the lower classes throughout the UK – do you think the band will always write about such troubles and issues, or do you think the band will go elsewhere for inspiration once these issues become less prominent?
I’m a working class boy through and through, and I’ll always have those people and those issues deep in my heart.
There’s a great juxtaposition between the abrupt nature of some songs and spoken word pieces when compared with something calm and collected like ‘The Boy That Life Forgot’. Where does your inspiration come from for different tracks?
God knows. Just being yourself, interesting yourself, discovering something new – everything really, from the small and big things in life.
‘Swansea to Hornsey’ is arguably the latest piece of musical substance to enter the arena of working class subculture – what was the intention and what are the messages behind the album for those uninitiated to Trampolene?
That’s nice of you to say – thank you. There was no intention really, apart from singing about our lives. The more real we made it, the stronger it would be and the longer it would hopefully last.
If there is a message it would be… if someone tells you you’re shit, like I was all the time at school, as I had dyslexia, don’t roll over and accept it – you can do anything if you are determined and try hard enough.
Tony Harrison, John Cooper Clarke or Dylan Thomas: who’d win in a scrap?
Tony Harrison. Dylan Thomas couldn’t fight for shit and Dr John looks like he might blow over in the wind, God love him.
With your own headline tour coming up fast, along with recent support dates with Liam Gallagher, what does the dream Trampolene gig look and sound like?
Just everyone having a great time and feeling unified and connected. We are there to serve our fans and make them feel and dream like we do – and have a good laugh. Sing some songs and forget about all the bullshit that you are constantly bombarded with.
What does the future look like for Trampolene?
Trampolene everywhere, from the heavens to the bottom of the deep blue sea…
The band perform at London Scala on May 9th and embark on their UK tour on the 10th of April in Plymouth. Tickets at https://www.seetickets.com/artist/trampolene/911194
Leadmill photo: Mal Whichlow