Bands to Watch #231: The Jess Hall Band

By on Tuesday, 15th November 2011 at 12:00 pm

Word of a promising band spreads through the industry like wildfire. This is a good of an explanation as any for the Jess Hall Band‘s fortuitous decision to send some tracks over to BBC Wiltshire; their song ‘Play Shy’ made its way to getting played on Radio1’s Introducing playlist 2 weeks ago. All good stuff for Hall and her Swindon childhood friends Alex Stone, Andy Vincent and Stef Pysanczyn. Jess and Alex now write together; this is since, as she put it in her own words, “nicked” the other 3 members from another band to join her on what was previously a single odyssey.

Hall says Angus and Julia Stone’s music intrigued her and she would play their music over and over; whatever the influences, it’s clear to see that the ‘Play Shy’ forthcoming EP due out on the 5th of December has. It’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of folk, and interestingly with ‘Play Shy’, even has a bit of soul infused into the chorus for good measure. Singer/songwriter as a vocation seems to suit Hall much better than her “other” job, as an unsuccessful bartendress: “I have no idea what else I’d do, I’m awful at everything! I work in a bar and I’m awful at that- if someone orders a cocktail I hide in the stairwell”. You can listen to this track and also ‘Night Lights’, a free demo you can grab for your very own, below.

The band will be playing the This Must Be Pop Live showcase tonight (the 15th of November) with Rachel Furner and a DJ set from the Pipettes; tickets are £4. Go here for more information and details on how to get half-priced tickets.

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