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RGM Introducing – Jools

Hiya folks take a seat, what made you decide to go for it as a band?

I was sat in my living room watching Jools Holland, Shame were playing. Charlie Steen, the band’s singer had me captivated start to finish. They played One Rizla and as it came to an end I thought to myself ‘punk is alive.’ When the performance was uploaded to YouTube, I forwarded it to the lads and asked if they’d be interested in starting a band. We used that performance as a stimulus for our ambition, it’s also where we got the band name from. 

Introduce us all to Jools how did the band get together?

I’m Mitch and I sing. Ellis, Shoots and Chris play guitar, with Pete and Tommy holding the fort together on drums and bass. We got together through a mutual love for particular artists, such as The Cure, Parquet Courts and Wolf Alice. And of course, Shame – we have them alongside Jools Holland to thank for the band’s birth. 

What is the unsigned scene in Leicester like at the minute? What bands are coming through?

The unsigned scene in my opinion is the best it’s ever been. There’s so many talented artists releasing music across the city. Our favourite local band is Mouth Culture, although they’ve branched out from that term already – they’re getting bigger by the day. I’m really into HO-FU also, a project spearheaded by former By The Rivers singer Nile Barrow. 

Is there enough support out there for new artists?

I guess it depends what you mean by support. There’s so many new artists available to discover that people are spoilt for choice – the best thing you can do as a new artist is support one another. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Towards the end of last year, we headlined the 02 academy in Leicester. Our debut single was scheduled for release the week after. It felt as if all of our hard work was coming together and we were able to communicate that on stage. That show was really liberating and lots of fun. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

I’d like to speak on behalf of Ellis for this one. In January we returned to the 02 for Together Festival, which was a celebration of the Leicester music scene. During the outro for the closing of our set, I was millimetres away from doing Ellis some serious damage with a mic stand. Genuinely think he would’ve ended up in A&E had it caught him, sometimes I wish it did. 

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

I think collectively our biggest secret is that we actually despise one another – does that count? 

What makes you stand out as a band?

Our sheer love for our art form and the people that celebrate it with us is important to us. Our central thesis is based on unity, which has given us some special experiences. This doesn’t necessarily make us stand out, but it makes it all worth it – which is important. 

Its strange times at the min with the virus almost stopping the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you lan to stay productive while we get through this?

It’s incredibly strange, and tough too. It’s been difficult to consistently be productive, but we’ve began to hit a groove. We released the first of our ‘Isolation… with Jools’ tracks last week, which was a cover of Moaning Lisa Smile by Wolf Alice. It felt good to play, record and share music again. We’ll be putting out an isolation version of Spineless this week too. 

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

During the production of our debut EP, we lived together in Leeds for a week. I think we can collectively agree it was one of the best weeks ever. There was a moment where I laughed so much I pissed myself. 

Tell me about your spineless and  how it came about?

Spineless tells the tale of my relationship with an oppressive hierarchy in my first place of employment. The song toasts to the idea of fascist dictatorship being overthrown and is very much inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s literature. 

Whats coming up in 2020 for the band?

At the moment we’re just focusing on staying healthy and keeping active. We’re writing lots of music together and look forward to releasing our third single, Almost Famous next week.