BOLTON-based indie rockers The Jade Assembly are due put pen to paper and sign a record deal with the label where fellow Bury’s Elbow first found fame. Ugly Man Records, founded in Bootle in the mid-1986 was also home to I am Kloot and released Black’s enduring and iconic 80’s anthem ‘Wonderful Life.’
The four-piece, who have been described as ‘the Best Guitar Band Since Kasabian’ by former Inspiral Carpet and now Radio X DJ, Clint Boon, have been busy laying down tracks at the Parr Street studios in Liverpool where a host of well-known acts, including Coldplay – who recorded their first three albums there – the Stone Roses, and Artic Monkeys, created their musical masterpieces. Early 2016 will see the band bring out their new vinyl single ‘Nothing Changes’ before embarking on a specially commissioned tour with Ugly Man stable mates Jimmy & the Revolvers and Spitting Pips. The single will be the third released by the band and the first on Ugly Man records.
The Jade Assembly’s sound has been described as an ‘inescapable force of conviction’ that mixes power and passion, while frontman John Foster, aka Fozz, has been dubbed the latest in the line of northern poets that starts with Morrissey and ends with Noel Gallagher. So far the lads have played the Macron Stadium – home of their beloved Bolton Wanderers – several times and had their tunes blasted through the speakers at Wembley Stadium. They regularly play gigs in their hometown and across the North West to their loyal band of followers known as the Jade army.
All words by Ian Critchley. More from Ian can be found at his Louder Than War Author’s Archive.