The new solo project from Jack Steadman, lead vocalist and guitarist of Bombay Bicycle Club, Mr Jukes has premièred a new single as well as announcing his first ever live tour including a trip to Manchester Academy in September.
Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 24th September 2017 @ 7pm
Once a music obsessed teenager, Jack Steadman initially saw himself more as a jazz bassist than the frontman of a world famous, guitar-centred indie band, but – as everyone now knows – his 10 years with Bombay (encompassing chart-topping albums, several planetwide tours and some notable awards) somewhat got in the way.
Having taken a couple of years to contemplate his next step, he returns under the name of Mr Jukes with a project that both revives his long-standing interest in jazz, soul and funk and sees Steadman take on the roles of artist, composer, producer and sample-hound.
The result, ‘God First’, is an album that surprises and delights in equal measure: quite unlike anything Jack has done before, and also now confirmed to feature the likes of De La Soul, Lianne La Havas, Horace Andy and Lalah Hathaway. “I loved the challenge of writing songs for Bombay Bicycle Club,” says Jack, “but as a naturally restless person, after the last album my mind wandered to ideas I couldn’t imagine doing within the band.
On Mr Jukes I have the freedom to go right to the end of any idea I might have.” ‘Grant Green’ is the next step in Mr Jukes’ musical odyssey, and we’re all the better for him inviting us along for the ride.
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