JAWS DEBUT ALBUM 'BE SLOWLY' RELEASED 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014
JAWS are Connor Schofield (vocals/keyboard/guitar), Eddy Geach (drums), Jake Cooper (bass) and Alex Hudson (Guitar).
They met while studying at Halesowen College, where they formed the band in February 2012 and immediately attracted attention when demo track ‘Cameron’ started circulating online and appearing on tastemaker blogs. April that year saw JAWS self released a 3 track demo CD featuring the songs ‘Cameron’, ‘Holy Cat’ and ‘Daze’ which quickly become hits live. The demo clocked up over 10,000 plays on Soundcloud in no time and immediately sold out on CD. ‘Cameron’ is passionately convicted with jangly reverb guitars and organs. The track draws a WU LYF comparison, only with JAWS, the lyrics can be understood, more chill than showing off. Next up is ‘Holy Cat’ which bounces into Californian stone-era. The last track, ‘Daze’, is just that, dazing in summer heartfelt nostalgia, melting away in a land of daydreams. JAWS along side Swim Deep and Peace, are the key midlands bands to be aware of. JAWS are said to take influence from bands such as Beach Fossils, New Order, The Cure and Joy Division. 2012 ended on a high with the success of their singles ‘Toucan Surf’, ‘Surround You’ and ‘Stay In’ receiving a flurry of praises from BBC Radio 1 through to the NME for their lush garage pop. JAWS entered 2013 with four sold out shows across the UK with fellow B-towners Swim Deep and a packed headline show at London’s Old Blue Last. The following year, 2013, marked the release of their first EP, Milkshake, to many accolades and an excitedly growing live fan base. The band at this point grew accustomed to their songs appearing on the unlikely cross-section from Made In Chelsea to Match Of The Day and had also licensed their music to the Ubisoft video game - Rocksmith 2014. That year saw the barely legal four piece distinguish themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the biz, releasing a steady stream of hook-laden and increasingly impressive and artful singles, venturing out to Italy and touring across the UK several times, playing country-wide sold out shows to ecstatic audiences who would sing back the lyrics to by now familiar favourites. 2014 sees the band announce their debut album ‘Be Slowly’ and the first single from the record, 'Think Too Much, Feel Too Little'. The track offers a first glimpse of the more mature, refined sound to appear on the record, while simultaneously maintaining their signature wistful haze. Bringing together the romantic, wide-eyed swoon of new new-wave, shaggy slacker antics and melodies shaped by timeless guitar pop, it's a blast of much needed sunshine while staying true to it's contemplative and inward looking title. The second single this year ‘Be Slowly’ – the title track from the album - sees JAWS doing what they do best; washed out, rollicking new-wave tinged indie rock, perfect for the festival tents the band will grace this summer. The video for the single was on heavy rotation at MTV Rocks in the lead up to the release, and received huge support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, and was put on the evening playlist at XFM. Alongside the singles that have defined the JAWS sound and established them as the formidable venue-filling, crowd-surfing prospect they have grown to, their debut album ‘Be Slowly’ features eight brand new tracks that further speak to the groups accomplished and sophisticated song craft, tight knit dynamics and subtly insightful and affecting emotional depths. An impressive, uniquely affecting and infectiously re-playable body of work, ‘Be Slowly’ places JAWS as one of the most compelling and irresistible propositions in today’s landscape of British guitar music. The band will embark on their biggest UK headline tour to date in September to coincide with the release of the album. Kicking off in Brighton on Monday 15th, the band reach London’s Garage on the 19th, rounding it up at East Village Arts Centre, Liverpool on the 26th.