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Monday 27 June 2022

Brighton-Based Ex-Frontman Of The RPMs & Son Of Billy Bragg To Play Hometown Show

Brighton-based singer-songwriter Jack Valero's debut single makes a big statement for a debut artist as he weaves conversational lyricism that possesses an understated witty streak alongside spirited folk-rock instrumentation and a knack for timeless British pop songwriting. 

Heaven Help Me paints a poetic picture of feeling alone and disillusioned in a society in which empathy is a rare commodity.   

Jack said: 

"I think every songwriter at the moment has their lockdown song. I suppose this is mine, but it covers far more for me than what the world was going through. 

"It also covers what I was going through personally at the time, so it all wraps up into one and is presented in a way that can apply to any age and any time. 

"It's a song for lockdown, it's a song for me and it's a song for anyone struggling with the reality of their own existence. I like to be inclusive."

Directed by Dylan Friese-Greene, the song's video puts a light-hearted twist on the song's meaning. 

Jack plays an astronaut who is stranded alone on Earth, dreaming of the day when he can once again voyage beyond the stratosphere. 

But until then he's stuck down here, living an entirely ordinary life with the rest of us. 

Jack adds: 

"The idea for this video came from Dylan, he's a very talented filmmaker and I was so happy with how it turned out. 

"The idea was to express the feeling of isolation in an abstract way, and what's sadder and more isolating than being a spaceman stuck on Earth?"

Jack formed his first band in his teens before heading to Brighton to study music. 

The call of the road triumphed over his studies, however, and he instead focused on his band The RPMs, whose achievements included releasing music on Xtra Mile Recordings and playing Glastonbury and SXSW.

The pandemic halted their momentum, so instead Jack spent his time live-streaming solo acoustic sets from his flat, writing a wealth of new material, and working shifts at his local Covid testing centre. 

Soon enough, he had written a catalogue of songs which would prompt him to launch his solo career. 

Jack Valero plays a hometown headline show at The Brunswick, Brighton, on 5th July 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley


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