“We’re sticking to our guns” – Boy Jumps Ship have the wind in their sales with debut album
Words: Amy Ridden, Jack Robson, Ryan Young
Before their homecoming Christmas gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle on December 19, we spoke to local rock quartet Boy Jumps Ship on their upcoming debut album, PRS Momentum Funding and their year spent touring.
Boy Jumps Ship formed in early 2011 and quickly captured the attention of the North East. Not long after, they became featured artist of Kerrang! Magazine and this year, the band took their biggest step yet with a tour of Germany. But that tour, and the recording of their debut album, would not have been possible without receiving PRS Momentum Funding, extensive and vital financial help which has allowed the band to achieve so much this year.
They told us: “We attended some of the generator workshops that they have put on in recent times, which is great because you get to hear the people from PRS speak and explain the criteria. We had applied previously and we were unsuccessful so that facility really enabled us to put ourselves in a position to match the criteria. It’s been fantastic for us and put us in a position to be able to make our first album which we are currently recording.”
Their debut album, which is in the early stages of recording in London, is likely to be highly anticipated after the success of their previous EP and single releases. “The album is definitely a collection of the best songs we have ever written as a band. Recording a full length album as opposed to an EP which we have done previously, has really allowed us to show different sides to our band and to experience with our sound a lot more.
“Stylistically, we’re sticking to our guns but the songs feel so much stronger now that we’ve had the time to grow and explore different avenues” and working with producer Larry Hibbitt (Hundred Reasons) the band added that they “feel he [Hibbitt] has really captured our sound and helped us to hone the songs to be the best they can be.
“The message of the album really is to stick with what you want to do and really go for it. We feel as though being from the North East we have really had to shout loud to be heard as the industry now is predominantly London based. We really appreciate having such a good opportunity to record the album and so we are trying to grab it with both hands.”
And with plans to continue touring their debut album in early 2015, it looks like Boy Jumps Ships’ Christmas gig is only the beginning: “We hope this album will give us the platform to tour a lot more next year and put us on the map a little more with radio play. Above all we just hope that people annoy it and share it with their friends.
For those of you attending the expected sell-out show, we asked one question which was begging to be ask – will there be any set list surprises for the festive season? “Haha who knows? We might throw something in there to spice up the party.” Surely this is one gig no one should miss.