Sundowners – one of the Jack Rocks Seven
Brands and bands sometimes make uneasy bedfellows – but there is one trademark that screams ‘rawk’n’roll’ like no other…and that’s Jack Daniels.
The Jack Rocks Stage has been a regular fixture at festivals for the last few years. And it’s been the place to make a b-line for if you want to crank up the excitement levels a notch or two.
This year the team have hooked up with increasingly legendary live promoters, This Feeling, to take seven hand-picked bands on a tour of their stages at The Great Escape, TRNSMT, The Isle of Wight, and Reading & Leeds.
We were lucky enough to see all seven play a packed industry showcase in the cellar of an East London pub as they launched their Tennessee Whiskey-fuelled UK excursion. And we can vouch for the fact that every act rightly deserves its place on the bill.
So, because you may well have never have heard of many of these acts (which is sort of the point of the exercise) we thought we’d put seven questions to each of them so you kind get an idea of what makes them tick.
Here it’s the turn of Sundowners to go under the spotlight…if you want a taster why not check out ‘Hummingbird’…
- Describe the band as a whole and your music in seven words
A psychedelic fart in a space suit
- Use seven words to describe each member of the band
Niamh: The one who spills all the secrets
Fiona: Will ponder over what shoes to wear for eternity
Tim: Has his head either in Protools or Bass Guitars
Alfie: Chief Downer – Master of Sundowner Coin
[Which goes to show once it gets above 1-2-3-4 most musicians tend to lose count, Ed]
- You have a half-hour festival slot to play. Which seven songs would you choose to perform and in what order….six of your own and one cover version?
- Before The Storm
- Great Beauty
- King Of The Dawn
- Into The Light
- Helter Skelter
- Watchful Eye
[There’s lots of versions of Helter Skelter – so we dropped our favourite one in here, Ed]
- Which seven bands or artists have been your biggest influences? Of these which is your biggest hero and why?
Bob Marley is probably one of our biggest heroes he’s an on the road favourite. After that it would be: Goat, Astrud Gilberto, Eminem, Peter Tosh, The Congos and Jimi Hendrix
[We had to look up Astrud too, Ed]
- What are your seven steps to success as a band?
- Get in your Praccy room as often as you can
- Listen to good music
- Go to gigs
- Play gigs
- Be a unit together
- Party together
- Don’t Party too much together
[Sounds a bit like marriage, Ed.]
- Can each share the seventh-to-last photo you have taken on your phone and say a few words about it?
We were doing a show in Shoreditch a couple of days ago. We had driven down from Liverpool early that morning and the journey had been tough. As you can probably imagine six people in a van start to go a little crazy after a six hours driving and start to look out the window for any kind of amusement/stimulation. Hence we saw this shop and thought of a few f****d up friends back home that this would come in handy for…
[Less said, the better, ed.]
- Seven is meant to be a lucky number…what do each member of the band use as a lucky charm?
Niamh hasn’t cut her left big toe nail since the band started (2010)…
Fiona has good luck stickers…
Tim doesn’t need one…
Alf has a similar one to Niamh but its big toe hair length instead…
Keep tabs on Sundowners via their Facebook page…