Oxford, England, GBR

Hailing from the vanguard of Oxford's musical renaissance, Jonquil are a band that sound like few others. Creating a kind of polyrhythmical math-pop the band are self proclaimed as "Paul Simon's take on The Smiths."


Jonquil are Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott and Robin McDiarmid, three men in their early twenties living in Oxford, England.

The band rehearse and record at home in their new east Oxford studio, having recently relocated from the House of Supreme Mathematics that they shared with Foals during the writing of Total Life Forever and Jonquil’s own One Hundred Suns. All tracks continue to be produced by Manuel who also records solo under the name Chad Valley.

Part of Oxford’s Blessing Force collective, Jonquil, alongside Pet Moon, Trophy Wife, Fixers, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Chad Valley, represent a groundswell of new creative output from the city that promises much over the coming year.

From their bedroom beginnings (early release Sunny Casinos being tagged a late night listening album of creeped-out dusty attic music) via their folk-pop adolescence (second album Lions seeing out the drones and seeing in the songs) the band now emerge as a fully realized pop proposition, their live show honed from heavy European touring.

November sees Jonquil’s first stateside release, with the One Hundred Suns coming out on New York’s Dovecote label (home to The Futureheads and Hooray For Earth).

"Jonquil's self-proclaimed "Paul Simon's take on The Smiths" tag nails them well, however the four-piece also encompasses a level of intricacy not unlike a more subtle Dirty Projectors without the R'n'B. There's also an inclusion of a majestic summer flourish of romantic indie-pop very much in the modern tradition - similar to Beach House, Vampire Weekend or Wolf Parade. Emerging initially as the more folky end of Oxford's burgeoning math rock scene that brought us (close friends of Jonquil and recent touring partners) Foals and Youthmovies, Jonquil have constantly evolved and morphed into a very accomplished and mature band with a now newly focused, fresh output of work.” Dan Monsell // Rockfeedback // 2010


Sunny Casinos - Try Harder 2006
Lions - Try Harder 2008
Whistle Low - Acuarela 2009
One Hundred Suns - Dovecote 2010

Set List


2nd June – Buffalo Bar, London
26th June – Luminaire, London – with Nedelle
27th June – Port Mahon, Oxford – with Nedelle
15th July – Latitude Festival – collab. with Youthmovies
5th August – Port Mahon, Oxford
10th August – Slak, Cheltenham – with A Hawk And A Hacksaw
7th September – The Zodiac, Oxford – with Tilly and The Wall
9th September – The Cube, Bristol – with Tom Brosseau and Mi and L’au
24th September – Port Mahon, Oxford
30th September – Brudenell, Leeds

2nd January – Boileroom, Guildford
3rd January – Firebug, Leicester
4th January – The Cellar, Oxford
7th January – The Social, London
29th March – The Cellar, Oxford
2nd April – Head of Steam, Newcastle
3rd April – Moko Lounge, Harrogate
4th April – Dr. Wu’s, Leeds
5th April – Adelphi, Hull
6th April – Five Lamps, Derby
7th April – Bivouac, Lincoln
8th April – Orange Tree, Nottingham
9th April – Ice Bar, Ipswich
10th April – Boileroom, Guildford
11th April – 93 Feet East