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Jackson Analogue are a band to warm the rock’n’roll hearts of all those who still believe that music is about passion, not fashion, and the right song counts for more than the right haircut. Hailing from England’s deep south – and you can’t get any deeper than the Isle Of Wight – the lusty five piece create music that is raw and vibrant, characterised by epic riffs, memorable songwriting, killer vocals and maverick attitude.

Their album debut – recorded over 18 months in a Victorian water tower on what was once Queen Victoria’s estate – displays a dazzling range of influences. A deep respect for the blues-rock of Muddy Waters, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Credence Clearwater Revival, a classic British sensibility that derives from a love of The Who, Led Zep and Family an appreciation of the ’60s r&b sound of labels such as Stax, Chess and King, and an affinity with the ’90s grunge of their own youth are all mixed and matched to create a sound that is uniquely their own, taking the best of rock’n’roll’s rich patchwork and re-stitching it in new shapes and patterns for the 21st century.

When it comes to current names, critics have referenced the Kings Of Leon, Queens Of The Stone Age and At The Drive-In, although Jackson Analogue remain defiantly uninterested in where they fit in the modern marketplace. “It’s not that we’re ignorant of contemporary trends”, says the band’s singer Jim Homes. “We just don’t take much notice of them.”

Built around the guitar-playing and songwriting of Jim and his brother Rob Homes, Jackson Analogue formed in the summer of 2004 out of the ashes of other local bands. Augmented by Matt Winsor on bass, Craig Watson on drums and a Hammond player who answers only to the name of Beast. “There were too many bands and too few venues to play, so as individuals we came together out of that frustration,” says Rob.

With gigs so few and far between unless they ventured to the mainland, the band retreated into their converted studio (”deeply creepy and haunted, so we feel totally at home,” according to Jim), where they cut some demos using their trademark, valve-driven analogue equipment, for want of “anything else to do”. It was within the astonishly short space of a couple of months, the tapes had excited the interest of several major labels and following their first ever London gig Island signed them to a development deal and a five album contract. However, after a while Island was subject to personnel changes and Jackson Analogue struggeled to get out of their contract to release the record on their own rather than it being put on hold for the next five years. So now finally the album is being released on their own label I Hear Music, licensed to Groove Attack Productions.

”We grew up listening to our dad’s scratchy old acoustic blues records but we’re also children of the grunge era, so Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were equally part of our musical education”, Jim explains. ”Of course all of that influenced us. But we deliberately set out to make the record with no preconceptions, no expectations and no formula. Hopefully we don’t sound like anybody else out there.”

The result is a breath of thrillingly fresh air, but scented with the earthy smell of rock’n’roll’s finest traditions. Analogue music for the digital age? Get used to it, because you’re going to be hearing and seeing an awful lot more of Jackson Analogue. – Nigel Williamson

Jackson Analogue – And Then, Nothing

“Cool Bandname, a rough sound, great hooks, intelligent songwriting…what more could you want from one of the most promising new guitar bands …” Dazed And Confused

“Tirelessly devoted to their music, bewildered by the scene in which they have to operate, this five piece from the Isle Of Wight are a fearsome live proposition, with a repertoire of towering rock tunes …” Karl O Keefe (Live On Stage)

“Jackson Analogue have come up with a sound that shuns any preconceptions or formulas. It’s just great Rock’n’Roll music.” Lodown

“You know they are going to be massive, been nothing like this in the UK Music scene for years.” The Fly

After fighting to get out of their contract with Island / Universal for the past 2 years, Isle of Wight native 5-piece Jackson Analogue are finally set to release their debut album “And Then, Nothing” through Groove Attack Productions in November 2007.

Recorded in a Victorian water tower on what was once Queen Victoria’s estate, “And Then, Nothing” displays a dazzling range of influences and beautifully crafted songs.

From the gentle acoustics of “Concrete Hands” to the Hammond infused sweat soaked melodies of “Stop”, from the punky riot of “Come On” to the beautifully epic album closer “Moody Man Left”, this is an album that is breathtaking in its breadth and glued together with compelling songwriting. The album was produced by Jackson Analogue with some notable help from Head (PJ Harvey, Massive Attack) who helped in areas of production and mixing at both Studio Luca (Isle Of Wight) and Massive Attack’s 1 point 6 studio.

The band have a deep respect for the blues-rock of Muddy Waters and Credence Clearwater Revival, a classic British sensibility that derives from a love of The Who, Led Zep and Family, and an affinity with the ’90s rock and grunge of the band’s own youth. These wildly divergent influences are all mixed and matched to create a sound that is uniquely their own, taking the best of rock ‘n’ roll’s rich patchwork and re-stitching it in new shapes and patterns.

Jackson Analogue are a band for all those who still believe that music is about passion, not fashion, and the right song counts for more than the right haircut. The lusty five piece create music that is raw and vibrant, characterized by epic riffs, memorable songwriting, killer vocals and maverick attitude. The perfect analogue music for the digital age? You decide …

Their second album (“Snakes and Wolves”) is already in the making. Just recently Jackson Analogue were invited to do a live session at BBC Maida Vale studios for Mark Lamarr’s show “God’s Jukebox”, which aired on BBC Radio2.

The album Jackson AnalogueAnd Then, Nothing” (Groove Attack) has been released November 02, 2007.

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