New Band Of The Day – The Jacques. Embodying the lazy, faux-lackadaisical manner of The Pixies, in tandem with the DIY melodies of The Libertines.
The Jacques have been described as “the bastard teenage love child of cockney guitar pop and just about anything that came out of New York during the early ‘00s”.
Embodying the lazy, faux-lackadaisical manner of The Pixies, in tandem with the DIY melodies of The Libertines, the two sets of brothers will release their debut EP, ‘Pretty DJ’ through 25 Hour Convenience Store next week.
The Bristol-based band were signed on the spot by Gary Powell of The Libertines after seeing them perform in Hyde Park, “There was a really big crowd forming and I was interested to see who was on, and there were these 4 kids up there just owning it. I thought ok, we want this lot on the label.”
17-year-old lead vocalist, Bonnie Jacques has a charming but youthful tone to his voice. In fact, he still sounds like his voice is yet to break, though this isn’t to his disadvantage. The lyrics are simplistic and complement the sluggishly punk nature of the band.
They claim to have been brought up on a diet of The Strokes, The Ramones, The Jam, The Lemonheads and Elvis Costello, and it shows. The ‘Pretty DJ’ EP in itself is a great pop record, subtly uniting a mix of styles from various eras and areas of punk rock, not afraid of crossing into waters too far to home and then coming right back again.
After supporting The Libertines in Hyde Park last summer, The Jacques look like they’re going to be one of the festival bands of the future. With their charming naivety and boyish wit, they’re a band the younger generation can relate to.
The Jacques debut EP, ‘Pretty DJ’ was released through 25 Hour Convenience Store on the 3rd November. Check out the video for Pretty DJ below and the full EP can be streamed on The Jacques Soundcloud.
All words by Josh Nicol. More from Josh can be found at his Author Archive.