JACOBY – The best new band in the South? We will have to wait and see…
“When this pandemic madness is over people are gonna want to have it – and we’re gonna be there to get ‘em at it!”
Jacoby are a British psychedelic rock band, formed in 2020, from the south of England. They are: Tommy Overington – Vocals, Jimmy Hayes – Guitars, Kyall Donovan – Bass, Steve Bryant – Keyboards, Stephen Dawson – Drums. They are gonna be the party-people’s band of choice next year says Ged Babey.
I know Tommy from his previous group. He has changed. Running and fitness instead of partying and booze. Serious intent in place of Jack-the-Lad.
Tommy doesn’t wanna talk about the old band. (They split last year after ten years and two albums on Detour) This is brand new… He doesn’t wanna be the mouthpiece – he wants the music to do the talking (for a change)..
There are no immediate releases and no gigs planned. So what is there to promote?
It’s the start… two songs on YouTube, decent website up soon – we’re booked into Rockfield studios for 3 weekends over November and December. Tim Lewis AKA Thighpaulsandra on full production duty. We’ve got a media manager, a photographer, we did the first recordings with Gary McPherson from the Rotten Hill Gang (and ex Big Audio Dynamite) at Mick Jones studio in Acton. This time it feels like a gang – not just a bunch of people thrown together.
But no lockdown zoom videos or acoustic gigs to a handful of people? Everybody is doing it…
And that’s why we’re NOT. We’re turning this whole Covid lockdown thing to our advantage – it’s a blessing for us. Gives us time to write and record an album and then have the songs learned inside out and when we do play live – we’ll be tight. Once it’s safe to gig without social distancing – people will go nuts!! I wanna play to full houses not empty ones. I appreciate the struggles across the industry but I don’t want to give this away too cheaply.
When this pandemic madness is over people are gonna want to have it – and we’re gonna be there with a fresh album to get ‘em at it.
My initial impression was the songs put remind of a certain Manchester bands second album.
They’ve got a lot of Roses groove that true. It’s psych pop / rock I guess. Temples first album, Roses first album – but with an eerie psych Forever Changes vibe in places. The Red Telephone kind of thing ya know? Loads of melody and groove. Arrangements are cool. Lots of twists and turns – no repetition, mid 8’s, great backing vocals and solos. Rhythm section is very Roses debut for me. Love Jimmys guitar effects and the synths sounds sound right. I’m double tracking my vocals Lennon style and sticking the reverb/ delay right up. Love how my voice sounds on these songs.
Now, that, is more like the old Tommy talking.
Jacoby might sound a bit like an updated ‘Baggy’ with a Tame Impala sheen but when Jimmys guitar kicks in at 1:37 on What’s Inside and at 1:44 on Paradise then you can tell this band is a bit special. Accessible, immediate and uplifting music for the dancefloor and for listening to. All-purpose grooves and infectious tunes.
Check out the songs and book-mark that website and pray for the end to social-distancing so we can see this band live and kicking.
Photo by Rhona Murphy
All words Ged Babey