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Nov
10
Jerry Stamp @ Fat Cat

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Nov
08
Jerry Stamp @ The Bull and Barrel

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Nov
07
Jerry Stamp @ Distortion

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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After 8 years of rock and roll, King Nancy may be slowing down, but their front-man shows no sign of it. David Keating speaks with Jerry Stamp.

You’d think more than 100 shows in a given year would be enough for any musician. Not so for Jerry Stamp, solo musician and front man for the local rock band King Nancy.

“In my life I’ve only cancelled three shows, ever,” he says. “One night I played I was in so much pain, but one of the rules about being a showman is that you don’t tell the audience… You just get up there and play.”

He says he’s never had a moment on stage when he wanted to be someplace else.

“People randomly contact me and say, ‘Would you like to play a gig?’ Sure. Done,’” he says.
After four years in Toronto playing the club circuit and dealing with sometimes sketchy promoters, the members of King Nancy found themselves becoming jaded, and eventually decided to once again be based out of Newfoundland in 2006.

“King Nancy is not our focal point any more,” says Stamp. The members have all moved on and are pursuing different things.
“But the band is always going to be there.”
These days though, with King Nancy’s future not scripted, and their shows far and few between, Stamp gets his gig fix from a Thursday night session he hosts at The Bull and Barrel. Asked by owner Tino Borges to put together a weekly bill, he rotates in players from any and all musical genres. Up to that point the Bull had been a watering hole with mostly acoustic covers, and was being overlooked.

“It’s on the deck with CBTGs and Roxxy’s (now The Levee.) It’s that door everybody stands in front of—people don’t even realize it’s a bar, but it’s actually the best little bar hidden away in the city.”

“It’s kind of a dream gig in a lot of ways,” he says. “I basically do it because it’s somewhere to test out new material and get ready for tours. I did a tour last fall that I probably wouldn’t have survived if I hadn’t gotten used to playing the Bull, and playing nights where you’re playing for 2 or 3 hours, weekly.”
“You get your stamina up. You learn tricks of the trade,” he says.

Stamp is the definition of the working musician, and treats it as such.
“From my perspective, being a musician should be being like any other kind of trade,” he says. “If you’re good at your music, then people are going to come back to see you play. Should you be getting paid millions of dollars to do that? I can’t say I would turn it down if they offered it to me, but at the same time, it’s a career. It’s a job.”

Did we mention that come November, Stamp is likely to have released five solo albums?
He released one last November entitled Racing Bad Weather. Make/Like/Wish/Think is in the works for June, Bloodwork is due in August, and he’s got two more up his sleeve…
“I was thinking about doing two Christmas albums for a laugh,” says Jerry. “One album of traditional holiday music, and one of ‘bummer Christmas’ music.”

Jerry is busy reaching out to other musicians in the St. John’s community and building a whole new audience as a solo performer.

“I remember the first time I played at Distortion with Adam Baxter,” he says. “He asked me to play up there and I was like, ‘All right man, I’m 30 years old. I’m playing for a bunch of kids who are 19-20 years old. These kids are into metal, punk, emo, stuff like that, and that’s not my music. I’m a singer-songwriter.”

“But I just went up there and said ‘fuck it, get up and do it,’ and I went up and played. And three songs in, the same kids who were standing at the back of the bar looking at me when I walked in like ‘who the fuck is this grandpa that just showed up?’, they were all up at the front of the stage rocking out, dancing, hootin’ and hollerin’ in front of one guy on an acoustic guitar.”
“And that’s awesome. You can’t beat that.” - The Scope


By Kevin Kelly

Jerry Stamp is one of this province's (Newfoundland's) true unsung singer/songwriters. For years, as the lead of local alternative rockers KING NANCY, Stamp was a true original that peaked with the band's last album 'This Is Not A High-Five', and the single 'Motown'. Now that originality is back in a recent album entitled 'Racing Bad Weather', a collection of demos that truly shows Stamp is one to watch as a solo artist. What is truly impressive is his impressive vocal abilities and his heartfelt songwriting. From the acoustic groove of 'Tongues' to the solid 'Twenty-something Flesh', Stamp deserves a wider audience and could get it with this album. - The Newfoundland Herald


Discography

I, Noel- 2009
This Noel- 2009
Bloodwork- 2009
There Is Something In Me That Makes Me Like To Think I Wish I Could Be- 2009
Racing Bad Weather- 2008
This Is Not A High-Five- 2007 (King Nancy)
The Stamp Collection LIVE- 2006
You Were Indestructible Once- 2005 (King Nancy)
Live at Rivoli- 2004 (King Nancy)
Live at C'est What- 2003 (King Nancy)
To Quitta- 2002 (King Nancy)

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"Jerry Stamp is releasing five albums this year - what are you doing?" -The Scope Magazine

"Excellent songwriter. And without question the best singer on the island (of Newfoundland) today" -Chris Batstone, Assistant Program Director 97-5 K-Rock

"What is truly impressive about Stamp is his impressive vocal abilities and his heartfelt songwriting" -Kevin Kelly, The Newfoundland Herald

Singer/songwriter Jerry Stamp started performing in his home town of St.John's Newfoundland at the tender age of 13. Eventually he got a Bachelor of Classical music degree and subsequently ran off to tour Canada with his band King Nancy. They lived in Toronto for four years making a lot of in-rods before heading home to St. John's where he began spending most of his time focused on his solo career and producing. Jerry has been compared to Glen Hansard of the Swell Season, Ryan Adams and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Jerry has shared the stage with a varied list of artists such as Broken Social Scene, Sam Roberts, Amelia Curran, Matthew Barber, Arkells, Hey Rosetta! and Pilot Speed (formerly known as Pilate) to name a few. Still balancing King Nancy and his solo career, Jerry played almost 150 shows last year across the country, has showcased at COCA, ECMA, CMW, NXNE, JUNOFest and any other acronyms that would let him. In 2009 he recorded and released five records. Several of those records have earned him two 2011 ECMA nominations (for best Rock and Rising Star) and won him a MusicNL award....Yep! Jerry does not have a social life.