Jingo are a four piece alt rock band, hailing from East London which formed in February 2013, consisting of Jack (guitars/ backing vocals) and Katie Buckett (Vocals/ Keys), with the rhythm section made up by Joseph (Joe) Reeves and Chris Smith.
The story began when Jack and Joe decided upon a summer in the big apple, where Joe met and fell in love with Katie, after a year of travelling back and forth the two started the Cable Street Electric open mic night in London, helping musicians to meet and socialise. Before long the two were married. Then along came ‘Jingo,’ who’s opening show was playing as support for Graham Coxon, of ‘Blur’ fame who heard about them from Cable Street Electric.
‘The Art of loving,’ which was self recorded is their debut album, mastered at Soup Studios was released in September of this year and has already had airtime on BBC London’s “Introducing with Gary Crowley”. The lads have been busying themselves, with six tracks already released in just seven months. So we know they’re eager, all we have to do is listen to the morphing tracks from “Black Flowers” to “Same without you” which by the way is one of those songs you will listen to on repeat, while lying on the floor as you contemplate what you want to do with your life, and out of the pensive lyrics you somehow hear an answer… or at least you feel as though you have, with that raging inner voice silencing itself to it’s heartbroken melodic tune.
Lead vocalist, Katie Buckett has that same sultry, passionate, alluring vocals as “Letters to Cleo” lead singer Kay Hanley, although she is most often compared to Alison Mosshart. You can feel the passion, seduction and cautiously I mention a near angst like tone bubbling from some of the tracks. By angst I don’t mean to suggest a teenage ‘the world doesn’t understand me’ kind of buzz, but more about a raw, albeit pop version of heartbroken lyrics to the soft lulling tones of a piano. The band, whom clearly have a rather eclectic taste in music between them, with each track varying in tone and shape.
Why should you listen to them? Because their choruses linger in your head and Katie’s vocals have the ability to awaken your senses and make you want to pay attention to each syllable rolling off her tongue.
Some acclaim for ‘Jingo’:
“earth-shattering, seismic vocals and music to match..” – The sound of confusion
“Jingo have the potential, to re-invent the wheel” – Louder than war