The Keepers

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with The Keepers find out more about them…

Jordan Jones
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There's myself (Jordan) on the vocals and guitar as well as the songwriter. We have Liam Taylor on the guitar, Oli Rumens on the bass and the pots and pans player will be revealed shortly. We come from a small town in the Midlands called Northampton. I came up with the band name, it comes from the old Northern Soul saying 'keep the faith'. I wanted to have a strong Mod/60's imagery.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I first started to play guitar my heroes were George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Billie Joe Armstrong, Pete Townsend, Tom Petty, Noel Gallagher and Keith Richards. Now it's still pretty much the same but I've listened to a lot more music, so some added extras would be Weller, Steve Marriott, Andy Crofts, Simon Fowler, the list goes on really!
How would you describe your sound?
Colourful British pop music from 1967.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called Here Comes Spring. My influences was to write and record a song and make it sounds as Beatles as possible.
What’s your local music scene like?
Fucking depressing.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We're playing Beano on the Sea Festival in Hastings in September which we're buzzing for! Fleectonbury in Northallerton in March which I'm really looking forward to playing. We are currently recording a follow up to Here Comes Spring which will hopefully be out before November (I've jinxed it now). I'd like to maybe get another one out after that before Christmas!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to work with Ed Sheeran, it's like a golden ticket, y'know what I mean? Release 2 songs and you have 8 in the top 10, absolute bloody madness! Little Chuckie Finster is the key to success! On a more serious note I'd love to work with someone like Mollie Marriott, she's got a great voice full of soul.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
A personal funny one for me, was at this gig in Leicester... the guilty will remain anonymous... And for some unknown reason known to man, the sound man muted Oli's bass, on the one song Oli starts, so this sound man is fucking about for 10 minutes trying to work out why the bass had gone off... Muppet! Another favourite is when we played a show at Esquires in Bedford and someone threw a full bear at our old drummer. That did make me chuckle.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Just because I'm small doesn't mean the music is small…

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Liam Taylor
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?

The guitarists that influenced me when I was growing were probably Pete Townsend, Paul and Wilko Johnson, these guitarists are my three key influences but since then I would say I am starting to take some influence from Mick Ronson.
How would you describe your sound?
A splash of 60s psych and a dash 90s indie.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called Here Comes Spring, it was released in early June time. The influences for the single are surrounding The Beatles in the Sgt. Pepper period and early Inspiral Carpets.
What’s your local music scene like?
Some of it's interesting... Some of it isn't.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
In September we are going to be playing Beano on Sea Weekender in Hastings which we are all looking forward to be part of, we are also excited to have been added to the lineup for Fleecetonbury Festival; this is in Northallerton and a showcase for unsigned bands.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would absolutely love to collaborate with John Squire Why? The man's got guitar skills beyond this world and it would sound mega.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
When Jordan got drunk on stage at The Cookie in Leicester he just kept on falling over and missing his guitar pedals.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
Fashion and style is everything.

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Oli Rumens
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There’s myself (Oli) on Bass guitar, Jordan who is singer songwriter and guitarist and Liam who does rhythm and lead guitar. I met the band through Liam and that’s how I came to join.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, I listened to a lot of Oasis, Joy Division, Ramones and the Beatles. Those bands still influence me greatly but I have started to get into The Jam, early Pink Floyd, The La’s, Ride and other bands like Beastie Boys.
How would you describe your sound?
60s style psychedelic rock with tinges of proto-punk, Britpop and Madchester. We love all kinds of music and we love to incorporate many different styles.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called Here Comes Spring, a song very much in the style of 60s sunshine pop with some distinct Beatles influence.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene is really varied. While it doesn’t have a distinct sound, there are a wide number of bands ranging from different styles, like post-punk and electronic rock.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Next year we will be going back to Fleecetonbury after a very warm reception this year, which we’re all very excited to return to. We’ll also be playing at Beano On The Sea weekender in September which we’re really looking forward to.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with Lee Mavers. Sure, the man has pretty much vanished from the face of music but his songwriting talent is a force to be reckoned with. If Martin Hannett was still alive I’d love to see what crazy stuff he’d do with our sound.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We were doing this gig at a venue in our hometown of Northampton, and there was this older bloke who clearly had his fair share of drinks. His dancing was otherworldly.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we’re pretty good!

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