Trampolene's live shows have transcended expectations of what a rock band should do on stage. Swansea-born frontman Jack Jones intertwines street poetry with hits from his band - who play loud, direct rock n' roll - to create one of the most memorable and engaging live sets around.
Jones' poem 'Ketamine' was recently performed at our office, and he had a few others up his sleeve that day, including this gem 'Pound Land'. Since then Jones took the poem to The Kinks' legendary Konk Studio for a really brilliant version and made an accompanying video, which can be viewed exclusively on Gigwise below.
There's something really captivating about this meditation on a poundshop - somewhere usually overlooked - as he draws such sharp cultural observations. He calls it "Britain's last paradise of democracy, tolerance, fairness, and calm / where all people are equal and work on Maggie's farm / from Moldova to Madrid or whether you're on or off the grid, you think the same thought, is this really a quid?".
Praised by The Libertines' Pete Doherty, his gritty yet humourous realism delivered in a nonchalant manner has drawn healthy comparisons to John Cooper Clarke and Benjamin Zephaniah. Although Jones looks certain to blaze his own trail and inspire a whole new generation to take a closer look at their surroundings and see beauty and stories everywhere.
Watch 'Pound Land' below:
Trampolene are currently making waves across venues in London and played a storming headline set at Nambucca on Wednesday (16/12). Previously, the band have played Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, and supported Carl Barat and The Jackals.
Next up the band will release their fourth mini album called Pocket Album Four through Mi7 Records in 2016. 'Poundland' will be on there.
All Trampolene albums are available through iTunes here