Thurles band Jester sign with UK record label
Thurles band Jester have cemented their status as one of the country’s top indie rock outfits having recently signed with UK record label Velvet Moron Records.
The band scored the major coup, signing on the dotted line with label owner and touring guitar technician for Noel Gallagher and Kasabian Dave White last month.
“We'd met with different labels and A&R guys over the years but Dave is coming from the same Britpop scene that inspires us as a band so it's heading in the right direction for us,” Jester's Tommy Maher tells the Tipperary Star.
“Dave has worked with the likes of Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and as Noel Gallagher's guitar tech so his knowledge and connections will be a great advantage to the band,” he says, adding that the group are currently working on an album slated for an early 2019 release.
Having launched onto the airwaves in the mid 00's, the five piece Tipperary band have built up an impressive touring schedule clocking up appearances at Oxegen and Cois Farriage as well as sharing the stage with the likes of The Blizzards, Mick Flannery and the Fun Lovin' Criminals.
Last summer the band released their single Little Run Down which received national airplay after featuring on Lost in Music with Louise Duffy while previous release 'SeaSaw' was a homegrown hero on the Dermot and Dave show on Today FM.
However Tommy says that Irish radio stations are generally slower to get behind up and coming acts compared to their UK counterparts.
“We've been aiming towards the UK for a while because it's hard to get airplay on Irish radio stations right now. Some good bands have gone into the studio and are dumbing down their sound to make it radio friendly but you shouldn't have to compromise your songs to get on Irish radio.”
“A lot of bands had to go away, find success outside of Ireland and then Irish radio stations stood up and listened,” he says.
And as seasoned Feile Beag performers, the band say they are among the thousands of fans eagerly awaiting the revival of the famed Feile Festival this September.
“I was a bit young for Feile but I remember friends of my brother and sister coming down and camping out at home for it. Feile really paved the way for all the future festivals and there’s a strong rock and roll history in Thurles so it’s good to see it coming back again,” he says.
Jester will be releasing a brand new track “Shadows Need A Light” through V.M.R in the coming weeks as well as performing shows at Whelans in Dublin on July 3rd and at Feile Beag, Thurles on August 5th.