With a solid début EP in 'Orientation', Brighton's Jumping Ships have won over critics and fans with their brand of British alt-rock. 'Orientation' contains six well-delivered tracks that include plenty of urgency and favourable structures, and has seen the band be compared to likes of Biffy Clyro and Reuben.
From the upbeat tempo of 'The Whole Truth' to the fiery 'Temper Tempermental', Jumping Ships make a good impression and definitely worth giving a chance.
For Fans Of: Reuben, Biffy Clyro and Manchester Orchestra.
Alter The Press: Why should Alter The Press! readers check you out?
Jumping Ships: Readers should check us out if they want to hear quintessentially 'British Alt Rock'. We like to write catchy vocal hooks with instrumentation that has depth and doesnt tire after a few listens. We all come from different musical backgrounds and have been involved in very different projects. We listen to alot of post-hardcore, alt-rock and hand on heart emo - also alot of american indie as well. Alot of people say that our influences shine through in the material we have written, and we beleive that as well.
ATP: What's the story behind the band?
JS: The band was originally a concept started by me (lead singer Michael Williams) back in early 2008 - it originally started with me playing an acoustic guitar and the band was a three piece. A change of musical direction came about upon appointment of lead guitarist Kai Smith to make the quartet complete. Over the period of the year we released our debut single 'Liberty Row' and toured the UK twice playing shows with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club + General Fiasco.
Enter 2009 and we set about recording their debut LP 'Orientation', over a protracted period of recording on a shoestring budget the record was done. It was decided upon completion that we wanted to streamline the record and put out an EP. The reason for this being we felt these tracks were more representative of our sound and the direction in which we thought we were going. Our debut EP 'Orientation' is out on 25th October through our own label (Glass Bottom).
ATP: Single highlight as a band so far?
JS: Playing 'White Air' - Europes largest Extreme sports festival in our home town of Brighton. The stage looked out to sea, and it was dusk when we went onstage, supporting Biffy Clyro + Flood Of Red + others.
ATP: What are your plans for the next 12 months?
JS: Our debut EP is out on 25th October and we plan to tour it through November till the end of the year. We have just confirmed for the follow up EP which is scheduled to be out in April 2011. However I am not sure if we can talk about it yet. haha. Might get a slap on the wrist!
'Orientation' by Jumping Ships is available now on Glass Bottom.
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