The Jar Family Interview

 

Monday 14th October 2013
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The Jar Family are THE original Industrial Folk band. The Jar Family come from Hartlepool, and sixth member is Keith Wilkinson, former Squeeze and Jools Holland Band member.

'Machine' is the lead track from new album 'Jarmalade', which has become a football anthem being played across all the football stadiums as well as Formula One and Grand Prix.

The band's raucous and engaging live performances have seen them steadily build a loyal following at their own headline gigs and supporting acts such as Jake Bugg, Alabama 3, The Charlatans, Babyshambles, King Charles, Lucy Rose and Ren Harvieu. Check out their band website with live tour dates here.

Fred Perry Subculture chatted to some of the members to find out more about their influences, ethos and sound. 

KEITH WILKINSON

How did you all meet, and how did you decide to form this group?

The band started at 'open mike' nights in Hartlepool. Basically five singer/songwriters with a kindred spirit. To quote Spock forming a band 'was logical'.

What's the story behind the name 'The Jar Family'?

When busking any money would go into the pot (jar) - those who needed took out. There has always been that sharing mentality, although nowadays it's more about ideas going into a collective 'jar' - everyone contributes.  

How would you describe The Jar Family's sound?

Gritty, organic songs from northern roots. Industrial folk. 

What was the music scene in Hartlepool like, growing up?

Like anywhere else - tons of ideas to express and not so many places to realize them. 

Which British Subcultures do you associate yourselves with most? Mod, punk, 2-tone, Ska etc

All of them. Industrial folk covers them all. it's music for the common man by the common man - and we are very common. 

What's been the best gig you've played recently and why? 

The last one. It never gets dull - every show has its moments

What would you say are your influences?

As a band there are too many to mention - everybody brings something to the table. It all makes for a rich musical stew.

If you could have any artist, dead of alive, cover you, who would it be?

Chico and Harpo Marx together. 

 

MAX BIANCO

How did you all meet, and how did you decide to form this group?

The same way you make a cake, with sprinkles

What's the story behind the name 'The Jar Family'?

We like drinking loads of beers

How would you describe The Jar Family's sound?

Eating loads of cake and drinking loads of beers

What was the music scene in Hartlepool like, growing up?

Was alright, just nobody really played much or many venue's so you ended up seeing the same bands, while other people only played quietly  

What would you say are your influences?

Ash trays, boots, and mandolin solos...

If you could have any artist, dead of alive, cover you, who would it be? 

Guthrie, Lead Belly and Cisco doing a version of paint in the clouds, that would be fun!

 

ALAN DEVON

How did you all meet, and how did you decide to form this group?

We met on the day Woolworths in Hartlepool closed....there we were scooping up the pick n mix they had thrown in the bins out the back and putting them in jars our mams, wives n girlfriends had given to us...and so we just got talking about music, realised we all had the same dad and we agreed to go looking for him...we found him, it turned out he played bass guitar so we made him join our band to make up for the years of hurt

What's the story behind the name 'The Jar Family'?

We used to have a jar of coppers we would save up... We had £18 in there once but we used it to buy the outfits we wore for The Livingston Session EP

How would you describe The Jar Family's sound?

Bob Dylan meets The Doors meets Britpop meets Folk meets Blues meets 5 raggy arsed Poolies, a wiley old Squeeze legend and a Cockney South African!

What was the music scene in Hartlepool like, growing up?

Hordes of quality bands and singer/ songwriters.....Hartlepool could be the Memphis of England...seriously, no lie! 

Which British Subcultures do you associate yourselves with most? Mod, punk, 2-tone, Ska etc

I'm Mod all day long, loved the Mod inspired Britpop scene of the 90's! Love the Mod fashion too!  

What's been the best gig you've played recently and why? 

Best gig was Lusty Glaze Beach in Cornwall, 2000 people, scorching hot and we played a blinder! Happy times!

What would you say are your influences?

Life and the constant curve balls we face every day where were from. Real things, humor, pain, love, anger even...some tracks are upbeat and aggressive, or cheeky and vibey or slow heartfelt stuff, real shit like all of in the world feel rich, poor, black, white whatever. Everybody hurts as REM would say.... 

If you could have any artist, dead of alive, cover you, who would it be? 

Id love to see Elvis knock the Poolie Strut out! 

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