The Truth: JEKYLL are four seaside rocking kids from Blackpool who still consist of Joel Foster (vocals / guitar), Lewis Armistead (bass), Liam Singleton (drums) and Mike Spence (guitar). We found them hurtling into the increasingly tumultuous ‘20s with a single called ‘I Do What I Can’ on January 10th and another single called ‘The Escapist’ on February 28th.
Both of these chewy tunes appear on ‘The Whispering Gallery’, Jekyll’s second EP which came out on March 13th to tie in with the quartet’s trip to Austin for SXSW20. The festival was of course called off due to international concerns over the coronavirus, leaving Jekyll high and dry along with so many other unfortunate acts. Like so many others they were trying to make up for the loss by indulging in some serious stay-at-home activity on April 30th at Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar, but were foiled by the corona rockdown yet again. They will try again with these shows here and here:
OCTOBER 8TH BLACKPOOL WATERLOO MUSIC BAR
(Louder Than War presents Jekyll + The Novus + Rose Canina)
OCTOBER 30TH BLACKPOOL BOOTLEG SOCIAL
(with Ist Ist)
‘The Whispering Gallery’ EP finds Jekyll in standard hyper-melodic mode, marrying splashy, crashing choral Musings with maximised alt.rock guitars and a disorientatingly bendy shoegaze-tinged sonic undercurrent. Proving that the EP is the gift that keeps on giving it also features previous pulsating singles ‘Echoes’ and ‘Marionette’, as well as the blissfully becalmed closer ‘Midnight Swim’. For theirs is a world of discretely epic ambition, as you might expect from reading singer Joel’s sensitive EP overview right here:
“I first got the idea for the name of the EP from a poem by Thomas Hardy called ‘In A Whispering Gallery. The poem, as I understand it, is all about whispers from an unknown source reaching you and making you believe in transcendental and / or spiritual communication. A Whispering Gallery is also what the inside of domes in cathedrals are usually called, because if you stand in them whispers carry as loud as any other sound and are clearly audible.
“One of the main themes of the EP is based around the idea that the relationship between people and the stars is similar to that of a whispering gallery. Many of the songs on the EP reference stars and astral nobodies: ‘Echoes’ is all about stars; ‘The Escapist’ talks about the stars watching you self-destruct and longing to save you from harm; and ‘Midnight Swim’ also references going for a swim in the moonlight – ‘where trinket stars hang upon bloated skies’ – to cleanse yourself of life’s chaos. It just felt like the most fitting title and it fits the sentimental and spiritual themes perfectly.”
Jekyll hooked up with fierce panda at The Great Escape in 2018 in time for the lively, driving debut ‘Jekyll’ EP. Much of that release, as well as the ‘The Whispering Gallery’ singles, have been heartily championed by Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy, while their summertime BBC Maida Vale session for Radio 1 was played out on the Huw, Jack Saunders and Daniel P Carter shows. Oh, and the Maida Vale session track ‘Mania’ was played by Huw on his ‘Best Of The Year Special’ just before Christmas.
Throw in media and live support from BBC Introducing, This Feeling, Gigslutz, The Zine, Backseat Mafia and Kick Out The Jams and it becomes obvious that Jekyll aren’t hiding their alt.rock light under any bushel. Expect more live alt.rockings in the future, global pandemics willing…