The Jupiter Blues
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 Dale from unsigned Liverpool band The Jupiter Blues to find out more…
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 Dale (me) on vocals; Chris on guitar; Rick on bass and backing vocals; and Ross on drums. We're based in Liverpool, but gig all over the country, and met in the various jam nights/practice rooms in the North West. All Chris and I had to do was put the call out, and it wasn't long before Rick and Ross came along to perfect the line-up.
We were originally called Jupiter Hollow, but we had a run-in with another band of the same name, who weren't happy about us using it. With our EP due out, we decided to bite the bullet and change the name. The Jupiter Blues is something we've been mistakenly called a few times, so we decided to go with that. Exactly what it says on the tin - we play blues music... sort of!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Personally, I've always been a big Bruce Springsteen guy and still am to this day. But as I got older I discovered the blues legends like Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf, who made a lot of sense, and also found myself getting into The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes in a big way.
As a band, we all share a love for the blues and all bring our own flavour to the mix. We can never quite agree on each other's music taste, but we blend together well enough to make the style of music we want to make.
How would you describe your sound?
Some would say blues, others would say rock n roll. We're a healthy balance between the two. I like the idea of being able to play a complete blues set, and a heavier set and not sacrifice a part of our identity.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The first track we released from our debut EP is Stingin'. It's the result of playing around with the some Stones and Black Crowes tracks, with the desire to write something simple but catchy, as well as something that tells a story.
The response so far has been great, which has been really humbling.
What’s your local music scene like?
The same as any local music scene I would imagine, maybe more Beatles tributes than anywhere else in the world! There's a great sense of community among a lot of the local acts - the musicians seem to look after each other and you can really tell that at the jam nights and multi-band shows. It's a pleasure to be a small part of it!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We've got some really cool slots up and down the country, as well as a tonne of local gigs. We're supporting some of our favourite new bands like Robert J Hunter (who's just released a killer live album) in September, and the Second Sons in November. They're our first trips to Leicester and London respectively, and easily the biggest gigs we've had to date. We've got a headline gig at the Flying Circus in Newark to look forward to, which is a really top venue for live music - great music-loving crowd I've heard.
We've also recently released our debut EP which is available in all the usual places online - Spotify, iTunes etc. We'll have physical copies at our gigs from September onwards.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
In dream land? The Rolling Stones or Buddy Guy, without a doubt. A bit closer to reality? The Second Sons, they're really taking it up a notch as a rock n roll band, and doing everything we aspire to do. Really looking forward to our support slot with them.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
There was a charity gig we played once, were a guy decided he wanted to get up and play the bongos halfway through our set. It wasn't too bad until the sound guy decided to mic him up in the middle of a song, and spent the whole time testing the mic and getting a bunch of feedback - while we were trying to play! I've never seen anything quite like that as a performer.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We love you for taking the time to read about or listen to us, it really means a lot! We've been humbled by the support so far, and hope to reach more and more people as we grow.
Also, we like burritos, so if anybody wanted to get us something as a present, that's a good place to start!