This Indie-rock four-piece, The Jack Fletcher Band from Wolverhampton are what can only be described as real- with their stripped-back guitar music, midlands twang and their live for the moment attitude. With their unique and timeless compositions, youthful spirit and optimistic outlook, they are a group that will stand the test of time. They are a band that not only defines the present but a band that embodies the culture and guts of those that came before them- and will continue to do so for years to come.
We caught up with them for a quick natter…
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are, what you play and how you formed?
J: I’m Jack, singer/songwriter/guitarist of The Jack Fletcher Band. We were all friends from college and I know George from my previous bandmates so we decided to form a band.
G: Hi I’m George I play lead guitar, I met Jack from his old band as two of my mates were in the band with him, he introduced me to Tom and then later Henry. After this band split Jack Tom and Henry formed the band then asked me to join a few weeks later.
H: We’re the Jack Fletcher Band, and I’m the bassist Henry. Jack and Tom met at college, and knew George from being in bands that were on the same scene. I met Jack and Tom when I started college and they introduced me to George. The band started when Jack’s old band came to an end and he started writing some new music. He showed a few tunes to me and Tom we had a few rehearsals at college, then George completed the line-up and we started rehearsing properly as a band.
T: Tom and I play the drums and the joker. Me and Jack met in college, met George through Jacks’ old band and Henry in university, become mates then started making bangers.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
J: Our style is definitely influenced by Indie/Rock and my songwriting by artists like Richard Ashcroft, David Gray and Tom Grennan so a wide variety of styles.
G: Top quality. I think we’ve got a good mix of styles with a good blend of rock and indie but with big singalong choruses. I think you could compare us to the enemy but a lot more diverse.
H: Everyone in the band are big fans of bands on the British music scene, such as Stereophonics, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys. We also all have our own very diverse influences that we bring into our songs as individuals, giving the band a unique sound. My biggest inspiration for bass is John Entwistle, but my playing is influenced by a lot of Funk bands such as Jamiroquai as bands like this often have the best bass parts
T: I’d say it’s just rock n roll I think we are heavier than indie. We play rock out with your cock out music. Influences for me are Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys 50’s and 60’s rock n roll.
What are you currently up-to at the moment music wise?
J: Just trying to get around, Gigging as much as possible. Also, we’ve got a new single out the end of the year to tie in with our 7th December show with an ep planned for early next year, which hopefully we can tour
G: We’ve got a few gigs coming up, supporting our mate Jack Cattell at the Actress & Bishop in Birmingham on the 15th November and then supporting Oddity Road on the 20th November at The Sunflower Lounge. We’ve then got our own Christmas headline show on 7th December at The Sunflower Lounge which tickets are flying out for. We’ve also got a good thing going on with the NEC and NIA in Birmingham where we are playing acoustic before some big acts and we can give you a Northern Exposure exclusive and say we’re going to be opening for Rod Stewart on the 12th December!
H: The band are currently working on new material to release, and also preparing for a big headline show at the Sunflower Lounge on the 7th of December with fellow black country bands Crest Glider and Smokin’ Eskimo. We are all really buzzing for that one and tickets are already flying out!
T: I like Sam fender to be fair at the minute. Other than that, nobody who’s coming out at the minute is grabbing my attention.
And outside of music, how’s life in general?
J: Life’s pretty good.
G: Decent, family life is good and we’re all healthy so can’t complain.
H: Biding my time until we hit it big!
T: Outside the music life is good, wolves have finally woken up this season. Although I’ll still be out for a few weeks recovering from a broken wrist. Haha.
What’s the happiest lyric you’ve ever written?
J: “You make me feel like a dream come true
G: Obviously what Jack wrote – “He’s lived the same way since a teen.” I think some might interpret it as having no ambition but to me, it’s about being happy and not giving a shit!
H: I think that ‘Young Man at Heart’ has got to be a strong contender for happiest lyric. It’s just about having a great time with your mates no matter what age you are, it’s always important to keep having fun!
T: “Ohhh Thomas,” is my favourite lyric from one of our older songs, too many thoughts, the intro is about how the rest of the band mainly Jack loves me.
And the saddest…?
J: “Always think of the worse, been here millions of times and it hurts” from “Has it All Gone Wrong?”
G: Jack again – ‘I’m watching the time go by, I’m wondering who I’ve upset and why.’ Cause it’s worse knowing you’ve upset other people than yourself!
H: Definitely 10 Reasons. Lines like ‘I belong in a place where nobody can see my face’ are quite raw and fair play to Jack for being so honest in his songwriting.
T: Saddest lyric is from last night and it’s “Pouring a pint over another human being”. Can’t be wasting beer. Haha. To be fair, saddest lyric alone I couldn’t pick but it would be from “Has It All Gone Wrong?” the emotion in that song is unreal
Would you rather live in a Yellow Submarine or an Octopus’s Garden and why?
J: Either, both sound interesting.
G: Octopus’s Garden all day – sounds mint and warpy as.
H: Octopus’s Garden. Sounds much better that being cramped inside a submarine and I don’t like the colour Yellow. Octopus’s garden is a much better tune as well!
T: Octopus’s Garden I like to swim plus you could have a BBQ when the waters warm with a couple of orcas and penguins plus yellow submarines I’d feel trapped and suffocated.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue?
J: Leamington assembly is my favourite we’ve played when we supported From The Jam. My dream venue would be the Royal Albert Hall.
G: Venue wise NEC and NIA are obviously top but academy 2 and Mosborough Music Festival were quality too. Dream venue would probably be Royal Albert Hall.
H: We played at the O2 institute in Birmingham supporting Echobelly, and that was a brilliant venue to play. As for a dream venue, I’d love to play at Koko in London, we went to watch the Rifles there and it was one of the nicest venues I’ve ever been inside.
T: There have been loads of venues to be fair but one of the best I think would be the night owl in Birmingham the sound in there was class. But it wasn’t the biggest of venues the other venue was Band On The Wall when we supported Twisted Wheel that was wicked. And the HMV Institute.
If you could support any band, past or present who would it be and why?
J: The Jam because what a band!
G: Probably Oasis, I just think we’d fit the bill quite well and their crowd were always mental.
H: Supporting a legendary band in their prime like The Who or Led Zeppelin would have been amazing. At this moment in time for the band getting on a big support with Liam Gallagher would be great for us.
T: One band would definitely have been Oasis before Knebworth, the banter and nights would have been mental. Obviously the other would be Arctic Monkeys for me.
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
J: Writing a song in your bedroom then playing it to people all around the country and having people listen to it across the globe.
G: It sounds clichéd but just having a laugh and playing good tunes and good gigs. We always have a right laugh
H: Being able to do what you love and play to people all over the county.
T: Best thing about being in a band is having the time of your life with your best mates playing music everywhere and anywhere. But winding the lads up at gigs and practice is one the the best things too.
And the hardest…?
J: The hardest is the time, effort and sometimes losing money but we love it so you do it.
G: Organising Tom… Love ya kid!
H: Everyone thinking it’s just fun and games. People don’t realise how much hard graft goes into being in a band!
T: The hardest thing is when you get some knobhead promoter who isn’t a promoter asks you to sort everything out and all he wants is the ticket money. Also being on time for me is difficult .
Sum your band up in three words?
J: Passionate, unique, grafters.
G: Shit. Hot. Prick – if you know you know!
H: Determined, optimistic and committed.
T: Determined, Talented, Laidback.
What tune should readers listen to right now that sums you up the best?
J: Personally for me, the best song I’ve written is, “Has It All Gone Wrong?” so would be that one to listen to first.
G: Probably ‘The Assassin’ – it’s our latest release and I think it shows what direction we’re going in. Snappy rocky verses and a big chorus!
H: “The Assassin”.
T: That’s a tough one I don’t actually know I’d say “10 Reasons” or “The Assassin” but the reason for that would be because it’s got heavy riffs.
You can buy tickets for The Jack Fletchers 7th of December gig at The Sunflower Lounge here… https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-jack-fletcher-band/the-sunflower-lounge-birmingham/1438563
Liam or Noel?
T: Liam all day – the man’s a legend.
Boris or Jezza?
G: Corbyn all day.
T: Boris – I don’t think he should be allowed anywhere near number 10 but he is a complete donkey and when he got stuck on the zip wire at the Olympics and took out that little kid playing rugby that was hilarious!
Pineapple on pizza – yes or not?
G: Definitely not.
T: Deffo love pineapple on pizza – BBQ base, olives, chicken and jalapeños – that’s the one.
Beatles or Stones?
J: The Stones.
G: Best band of all time – The Beatles
H: The Beatles
T: I actually couldn’t pick I wouldn’t say I favour one over the other I like a few songs from both. I would create a compilation album.