Jack and the'

Jack and the'

 Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR
BandPop

"A sunny escape, an oasis of happiness, a celebration of music so joyful that it is impossible to resist to these infectious melodies" (Popnews - Review of Jack and the's debut album "Vacation").

Biography

Jack and the’ is a pop project led by Julien Lonchamp, a Frenchman in exile in Edinburgh.

Vacation (a pop manifesto), Jack and the’s debut album, was written during Julien’s unfortunate PhD in food science in Dublin. Swapping research on lettuce and cabbage aromas for orchestration and sound engineering, he then proceeded to record the album, which was subsequently mixed by the crème de la crème of French pop: Orwell, Variety Lab and Cascadeur.

The idea behind Vacation was to combine catchy melodies with elaborate orchestrations and song structures inspired by orchestral music and jazz. Originally available in Thailand via Smallroom Records, Vacation was released in the UK on Folkwit Records in June 2012.

Live-wise, the band performs as a quintet (vocals/guitar, flute/saxophone, bass, keyboards/clarinet/trumpet and drums). Since 2012 Jack and the' has performed in major Scottish venues, including Glasgow City Halls, the Traverse Theatre, the Electric Circus or the Jazz Bar. The band is also behind a series of concerts in Edinburgh named Pop Exchange, in which they invite another band from the pop sphere for a gig and an impromptu musical collaboration.

Jack and the' is currently mixing a second album that sees the band venturing into the fields of orchestral pop. Flute, clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, cello but also banjo or sitar populate this new sound, somewhere between pop, chamber music and jazz. The album features 18 musicians, including the 8-piece Apostrophe Ensemble which also regularly performs live with the band.

Lyrics

Johnny the storywriter

Written By: Jack and the'

Come on Johnny, there’s a story here to find
Remember how it used to be
Thrillers, dramas, comedies
You could ask anything from
Johnny the storywriter would like to keep one for his own
Johnny the storywriter, but the inspiration’s gone

Johnny used to tell a story like that
By waving his arms all around
Like he was conducting an invisible orchestra
Of his own thoughts, now
Johnny the storywriter would like to keep one for his own
Johnny the storywriter, but the inspiration’s gone

Tell me Johnny the whole story
Now are you so broke you gotta sell them all
To those so-called writers? Won’t you show them
Who’s the best, the best of us all?
Johnny the storywriter would like to keep one for his own
Johnny the storywriter, but the inspiration’s gone

The best storywriter in this world
He's the best storywriter in his world
He’s now feeling alone

Discography

2012: Release of debut album "Vacation (a pop manifesto)" on Folkwit Records

Set List

1. A few facts
2. The secret part of town
3. Little things
4. Johnny the storywriter
5. Melody cycle
6. I think I'm dancing
7. Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane
8. Le cygne aux yeux bleus
9. Minimalist life
10. She's round again