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Monday 26 April 2021

JW Paris Expand Their Sound & Line-Up Into A Holy Trinity Of Noise, Energy & Tenacity Ahead Of Brighton Date

JW Paris have named founding member of Babyshambles, The Krak and The Suffrajets, Gemma Clarke as their new drummer, who joins Aaron Forde and Danny Collins to form a holy trinity of noise, energy and tenacity.

Their first record together, the Sober EP, whose title-track arrives as an early indication of what to expect; a pulverising cut that kicks and snarls like the mongrel cross-breed of Nirvana and Blur. 

Ironically penned during a late-night drinking session, Sober is a track about those painful pinches of clarity, when the haze of escapism falls away to reveal the cold hard truth that's been staring you in the face for some time. 

Speaking about the new track, JW Paris say: 

"Sober is more about the sobering moments of realisation that we have from time to time. 

"Moments that cut you down from all gust of living and really make you think about where you are." 

A racket of powerful grunge-addled riffs and searing proto-Brit Pop stylistics, Sober sticks two fierce fingers up to the posers, preachers and pretenders; the leeches of life who do their utmost to put you down:

"The lyrics sort of came through collating various experiences with fake people over the years. 

"Those who stick close and those who just want something from you. 

"It can be quite draining as to not come across a narcissist yourself, you entertain it most of the time. 

"You come to realise some relationships that hold no substance or character can really affect your mental state. Causing all sorts! Mild paranoia, anxiety. 

"This song is a bit of a F**k You a dip into a life surrounded by fake angelic people."

JW Paris have been developing their signature sound from birth. 

With their dads both members of the 90s EMI-signed band Choke, Aaron and Danny grew up like brothers and have retained a water-tight chemistry ever since. 

Quickly becoming one of the capital's most essential DIY acts, together they have gone from finding their feet at rehearsals in a 24 hour storage lock-up, to supporting the likes of The Amazons (Chris Alderton of whom has designed the artwork for Sober), Yonaka, Avalanche Party and The Blinders; while also selling-out shows headline shows of their own. 

JW Paris play the Hope & Ruin, Brighton, on 29th July 2021. Follow the band HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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