'Spiky and full of righteously raw hardcore ire and art-school pretensions… would sound at home on Fugazi's Dischord label' KERRANG!
Rod: the drum kit and crooning
Kelson: the keyboard & the screams
Tom: the geetar
Ben: the bass and shouting
Following in the footsteps of Lost Prophets, Welsh punk popsters Jarcrew are here to liven up proceedings in their own, unique way.
Formed 2 years ago in the Welsh middle-of-nowhere that is Ammanford, (look on your map of Wales for enlightenment) Jarcrew are set to release their excellent debut album 'Breakdance Euphoria Kids', on July 1st through the Complete Control Music label (cat#: compcontlp001). Jarcrew's debut single 'Paris & The New Math' came out to a barrage of national critical acclaim on 27th May. The band will be shortly announcing UK tour dates to support the releases.
Jarcrew will tell you that fate took a hand in them forming the band. Whilst all five members were at school together they arrived at school one morning to discover they had all shared the same dream. It wasn't the kind of dream you might expect, like being onstage together, rocking out in front of 20,000 adoring fans. No, this was much weirder.
In their dream Jarcrew meet up in a jungle. It's hot and wet. Then the lads witnessed a scene between Axl Rose and Michael Jackson. Axl Rose has a machine gun & is trying to kill Michael Jackson. In something resembling a scene from Predator, Axl Rose is jumping through the trees with Michael Jackson running for his life. Michael falls down a hole & is in a room with Marlon Brando where they have a philosophical conversation. Finally Axl Rose butchers Marlon Brando & is then himself slain by Michael Jackson thus turning him white with fear.
Whatever this dream was about Jarcrew read in to it that they should form a band. However, there was a minor problem - none of them could play an instrument! So, they set about remedying the situation and one by one got the tools of their trade and learnt to play together.
Now that the band have all left school and are all at the ripe old age of 20 years old the future is bright - if not a little twisted.
Jarcrew's sound is a joyous blend of contradictions. For every insanity infused power chord there is a always a mood swing, a change of sound-scape that is nearly always as evocative as the band is different to what is already out there doing the business on the club circuit.
In the spring of 2003, they signed to Gut Records, toured with Mclusky, and are well on the way to super stardom.