In late 2011, Newcastle quartet Boy Jumps Ship released their anthemic EP Engines. Now the group are currently touring Europe and the UK and have just signed to Rude Records, releasing the first official single since their signing titled Still Alive. In a recent interview, the alternative-rockers spoke with A Music Blog, Yea? about new material, first concert experiences (Run DMC), and practicing in a furniture shop…
AMBY: Thanks for speaking with us today Boy Jumps Ship! What have you been up to lately?
Boy Jumps Ship: No worries. We’ve been very busy, since the turn of the year. We have been out on the road, taking part in “The Mapped Out Tour” a great initiative funded by the Arts Council. We got to play some really cool towns and cities across the UK. A lot of smaller towns and places that are quite far out of the way from where bands normally tour. So the people who came to see us were really appreciative that we came to play for them!
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Boy Jumps Ship: Si: Focused, Gav: Loud, JD: Creative, JR: Cool (Guess who answered the questions?)
AMBY: What’s the story behind your new single Better Days?
Boy Jumps Ship: Better Days, as the title suggests, is all about striving to overcome any problems or issues you find in your way. Lyrics such as “Break down walls” and “We are invincible” really help us purvey a positive message throughout the song. It’s certainly a song we’d be happy for people to turn to in the face of adversity.
AMBY: When it came to creating a concept for the song’s new video, what was its inspiration?
Boy Jumps Ship: We are very lucky to have a close friend who is a video director. Ollie Rillands from Shapeshifter Films is incredibly talented, so when we went to him with the lyrics of the song and a basic concept he ran with it. We absolutely loved his idea to create a post apocalyptic world where there is no, police, no boundaries and everyone has to fend for themselves. Striving for “Better Days”.
AMBY: With your Be Good. Be Gracious. EP released back in May 2012, what’s next as far as recording or releases go?
Boy Jumps Ship: We have a new EP that is finished and will be released in April 2014. We can’t say much about it, but we are incredibly excited to get some new music out there!
AMBY: You have a few festival dates soon approaching (The Great Escape and Sound City to name a couple). What has you most excited regarding touring and playing those dates?
Boy Jumps Ship: I think what gets us the most excited about the festivals is the opportunity to play to new people. Most fans go to festivals with an open mind. They are prepared to leave with at least one new favourite band, we want to make sure we are that new favourite band!
AMBY: Which Boy Jumps Ship lyric is your personal favourite?
Boy Jumps Ship: Personally I love the lines from Better Days, “There’s light on these dark roads, we’ll never sleep alone tonight. We’ll carry hope, we are invincible.”
AMBY: What was your first concert experience like? Did it have an impact on your music?
Boy Jumps Ship: My (Jonny Rob) very first gig was Run DMC! I was visiting an Extreme Sports festival in the south of England and decided on the evening to go check out the live bands. I also saw Hundered Reasons who played before them. It was certainly a point in my life I can vividly remember thinking, “This is what I want do for a job!” The sound, the stage, the whole atmosphere just blew me away.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
Boy Jumps Ship: Personally I can’t wait to release some new music. We are really proud of the new EP and we’ve poured our heart and soul into it, so hopefully people see that and enjoy it for what it is.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Boy Jumps Ship that nobody knows yet?
Boy Jumps Ship: Hmm there isn’t much people don’t know about us. Though not many people know we practice in a spare room of a furniture shop!
Thank you Boy Jumps Ship, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout