Edgy and thought provoking lyrics, masses of attitude, iconic frontman and writer Jack Jones is one of the most talented poets and songwriters in the UK.
Lead singer of Trampolene; originally from Swansea (the band is now based in London) they are Jack Jones (vocals, guitar, spoken word), Wayne Thomas (bass, vocals) and Rob Steele (drums, vocals). Jack had the pleasure of supporting The Libertines on their 2016 UK arena tour, in front of crowds of up to 20,000 people and the final date of their European tour in Vienna. The Libertines also feature on the spoken word poem “To Be A Libertine” on their mini album Pocket Album Four. The video for the poem was filmed by Roger Sargent at The O2 can be watched here:
The album also includes the songs ‘The Gangway’, ‘Tom Hardy’, ‘Friday I’m In Love’ a cover of The Cure classic hit, and ‘Letting You Down’.
This weekend Trampolene headline The Jack Rocks – This Feeling Stage at Leeds and Reading festival alongside Babystrange and Broken Hands.
So Jack tell us how long have Trampolene been together?
Forever. Wayne & I learned to play our instruments together when we were about 13…we’ve been together with Rob for about one wonderful year now…
Where did the name Trampolene come from?
The name comes from a song by Julian Cope…I read his book & it affected me quite deeply…I thought it sounded like the right name for a great band.
What are the main themes and topics for your music?
I just write about my life & the life of my friends…real things…real people & that’s it.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our biggest challenge right now is to keep things going, without much money, or any to speak of, but we’ve had hard times, like everyone else, Wayne broke his back& me with Crohn’s, but we keep on keeping on, we go again…& now we are here with you.
Your new mini album ‘Pocket Album Four’ includes the track ‘To Be a Libertine’ A poem which contains contributions from all four members of The Libertines, and some of their fans. How did this come about can you tell me a bit about it?
It was just a mad idea that came to life…one night in Vienna.
What would you say have been the highlights of the year so far for Trampolene?
Playing all the festivals has been wonderful & fun & hard work! The o2 with the Libs & playing guitar for Peter…seeing & meeting so many people at our shows who love our music is something we’ve found truly mind-blowing and special.
You’ve recently got a headline slot at Leeds/Reading festival FRIDAY on The Jack Rocks Stage. For anyone who’s not had the pleasure to see you live yet, what should make them head over to jack Rocks and see you guys? What can we expect?
We play songs that will splice up your life…no one can be TRAMPOLENE better than us. Come along & bring a smile and we promise a tear in the eye (ours).
Your stranded on an island…. alone with a record player and one vinyl… Who is it and why?
Shack – ‘HMS Fable’ because I could listen to it every day, something for every mood – up/down/all around.
Where can would be fans get hold of your music and follow you?
‘Pocket Album Four” available now:
WEAPON OF CHOICE? Candlestick
GUILTY PLEASURE? Magic FM
MUSICAL HERO? John Frusciante
CAMP OR GLAMP? Glamp
AT THE BAR? Tap water
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT? Ramones New Year’s Eve 1977
SOUNDTRACK? Romeo & Juliet
BEATLES OR STONES? Beatles
LIAM OR NOEL? Bonehead
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE? Tom Jones
BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME? Hunky Dory
TRACK THAT SUMS YOU UP? Boys Don’t Cry
Trampolene Tour Dates
August…27th Leeds – Leeds Festival
September…2nd London – Koko
28th London – Heaven (with Pretty Vicious)
30th Swansea – The Scene
October…27th St Albans – The Horn
28th Leeds – The Verve Bar FREE ENTRY
29th Manchester – Gullivers
November…26th Leeds -Kazoopa Music Festival JACK ONLY