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"The vaults were packed out, much to my surprise, for a night dominated by Bath Spa University bands. Everyone and their mother was there, including Jack Bessant from Reef.

First Up was Jump Ship, opening with sampled beats and a trip-hop style 'cello that reminded me of the Kronos Quartet's work on Requiem for a dream. Then the pint-sized female singer, dressed in all black (including black tutu), opened her mouth and graced the room with some fine singing, often using guitar pedals to double and triple her voice. She reminded me of evanescence, lamb and zero 7 all rolled into one, which is saying a lot.

Behind her, the drummer, bassist, guitarist and cellist provided intricate, and often jazzy, grooves. It was funky and offbeat, but always rolling and catchy. Sh*t, I said to myself, this lot could actually be going somewhere. Then an associate of mine claimed the wild fact that this was only their second gig. Well, hats off Jump Ship, I wish you a very merry future." - Craig Hitchings, H20 - H20 Magazine

"..no such problems for Louise Coady, the extremely assured singer of Bath-based six-piece Jump Ship.

But then, this is a band that impressed in every department.

Their unusual mix of richly textured trip-hop, jazzy funk and folk-rock with odd rhythms and key changes was compelling and exciting.

Coady switched with ease from being sultry siren to a rock belter while the cello and electric double bass provided an orchestral quality to the skipping rhythms and electronic sounds. A name to watch out for." - Keith Clark - Crackerjack


Singles - Bumble Bees Single - currently receiving regional and national airplay including BBC6Music.

LP - 'whatisthisandwhy'. Released online and in stores nationwide September 22nd.



When a bunch of music geeks finally agree on something, it's often well worth the wait. The result; JumpShip. Born in the bowels of an old abandoned woollen mill, where the group combined electronic wizardry with period instruments (including a cello formerly owned by T.S. Elliot) to forge a distinctive sound which has extended beyond the crumbling walls and lofty rafters which gave them their first recordings.

The sonic breadth of JumpShip's musings is a reflection not only of the diversity of the group's influences (citing everything from Lamb to Steve Reich) but also a genuine desire to push the envelope. The group's sensitive juxtaposition of modern synthetic complexity with traditional song sensibilities is characteristically their own, and is further heightened by the alluring presence of vocalist Louise Coady, who embodies the intensity that is central to the group’s sound.

JumpShip's inquisitively titled debut album ‘whatisthisandwhy’ (recently released on the Naim Edge Label) has had a rapturous welcome. Produced by 'Head', whose experience working with artists such as Massive Attack and PJ Harvey has helped mold the group's sound into a cohesive and formidable force, the album boldly enters unchartered territory - encompassing everything from folk to electronica.

The driving hook-laden single 'Bumble Bees' has received national airplay and regular plays on BBC6Music, whilst a recent nationwide tour has led to further appearances at London Calling and inclusion in AIM's 'Best of British' CD. The addition of live drums to the group’s line-up has also added another dimension to an already dynamic and compelling live show, which in the words of one recent reviewer, was likened to 'having silk mashed into your ear with a lump hammer'.