The Janskys go to University…

Press Conference? Huh? by The Janskys?

It was Friday 13th December 2013 when The Janskys found themselves about to start their first ever press conference sitting in a room at the University of Huddersfield facing a group of Music Journalism students….  Tick, tick, tick, gulp, trickle of sweat.

Wind back a good six months to the manic days of trying to promote The Janskys new LP ‘When Silence Speaks’ to press, radio & online.  Pat and Damian were regularly hunched and huddled around Pat’s kitchen table launching emails into the ether and stuffing CDs into envelopes.  One such targeted journalist was Dave Simpson of The Guardian.  Regularly reading Dave’s articles in The Guardian’s Friday Film and Music section and having met him the previous year at a music conference in Leeds, Damian thought that he may be interested in the band’s new offering.  Sending the CD to The Guardian’s main address for Dave’s attention was always a gamble.  Nothing was heard back.  Ah well.

Close to the LP’s release a track off the album was played by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter on York’s Minster FM and, while listening in, the band heard that Dave Simpson was to be a guest on Rick’s show the following week.  Damian asked Rick to mention to Dave that the band were trying to contact him…..  If you don’t ask you don’t get….

Result!  Rick was able to get Dave’s non work email off him and passed it on.  So, the band blurbed an email over to Dave and waited.

Well, when Dave did get in touch the band’s integrity flew out the window and fantastical dreams of guitar shaped swimming pools began to formulate while anticipating the ensuing Guardian feature on The Janskys and LP review.  A reality check soon occurred when reading down Dave’s email…..  He could not write about the band in The Guardian…  Hopes dashed then, better throw away the letter of resignation to their day jobs.  It did transpire though, that, as well as writing for The Guardian, Dave Simpson was also a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and as such was happy to offer to have the band in to be interviewed by some of his Music Journalism students.  Sounds like a bit of fun… ok….  He’d be in touch in the autumn term to arrange.

Pat, Damian and producer Colin Bradley were by now fast forwarding to hibernation mode, after the frenzied activity around the launch of the LP, when Dave contacted Sawayaka Sheffield in the late autumn to pin down a date for the ‘Press Conference…’  Huh? Press Conference?  Thought it was going to be an interview with a few students not a public inquisition?  Colin and Damian were seen packing bags to run to the hills, talking in public was never their strong point – Colin always peering from behind his laptop and mixing desk in the seclusion of the studio and Damian always seen lurking at Pat’s side at gigs only engaging with the microphone during song.  Knocking Colin and Damian’s heads together Pat said the bruises represented positive thoughts and they should use them as symbols of self belief.  A sales manager by day, public speaking is like….. erm, speaking for Pat, and he believed it would be fun and a new experience.  Right-o, let’s do it then.

The date was fixed for Friday 13th (Dec), uh oh this could be ominous, and the trio met up with Dave at the Uni before being fed to the lions.  Dave explained he would lead the Q&A and step in if the students’ questions dried up.  He also dropped the bombshell that the event would be recorded, but purely as an aide memoire for the students who were to write up an article based on the forthcoming grilling.

Over the next 45 minutes Dave steered the group of students through the Q&A.  Rather like the members of the band, some of the students were more confident than others. They threw a range of questions from ‘influences’, ‘the process of recording’, ‘collaborations’ and ‘the music scene in Sheffield’.  Pat gamely held court, with Colin somehow getting a Stockhausen reference into proceedings and Damian just about managing to control his beetroot head blushing.  The students did seem to engage with the scenario and Dave added depth by qualifying certain references that the band mentioned.  The lucky student who asked the best question was given a copy of ‘When Silence Speaks’ .

Looking back it can be said it was a fun, different and slightly surreal experience and we at Sawayaka Sheffield wait with interest to read any of the students outcomes should they be made public.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and his students for being gentle with the band.

 

Other news in brief:

  • The lads had a great time playing at The Greystones on Fri 24th January with an audience who were amazingly quiet during performance and showed a great appreciation of the show.  The night was a real highlight in Pat and Damian’s live work together.
  • Finally, Pat and Damian have been demoing some new material (some of which has been road tested live in various ways).  They are hoping to record again with Colin their producer later in the spring.

Happy New Year BTW (just snuck in on the last day of January so still vaguely relevant!)

September Update – New Gig / New LP Review

With the last hurrah of summer squeezed out it’s time to look forward to the turning colours of autumn.   Working hard at their studio HQ, The Janskys are currently writing new material and are hoping to play a selection of shows between now and the end of the year.  After a great night at The Green Room at the start of the month as part of Sheffield Sound’s 1st Anniversary celebrations the band will be appearing live again in October.

On Sunday 20th October Pat and Damian will be playing a set as part of Oxjam Steel City’s all day Takeover event.  Full details can be found here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/live-shows/

The Janskys live at Sheffield Sound’s 1st Anniversary celebrations – The Green Room 4th Sept 2013 (photo by Gerard Morgan)

 

Also, the slow burn of the recently released LP WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS continues with another review surfacing, this time in the printed pages of R2 Magazine.  The publication comes out every two months and the review can be found in the September/October issue.

Details of the review can be found here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/reviews/r2-rock-n-reel-septemberoctober-2013-volume-2-issue-41/

For those of you still to pick up a copy of the LP you can do so here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Sawayaka Sheffield and The Janskys really appreciate your continued support and hope to clink a pint glass with you at some point down the line.

All The Best

 

New Live Review & more photos from launch gig

Following the success of last month’s LP launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS by The Janskys at Shakespeares, we thought we’d share a few more of Gerard Morgan’s photographs of the evening to tie in with the publication of the August issue of TOAST magazine which features a review of the night in question.
The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian  (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Since the launch gig our good friend and special guest on the night, Rhys Bethell,  has moved to Newcastle on his next big adventure and we wish him and Rosie all the best further up country.

The free issue 40 of TOAST Magazine is widely available throughout Sheffield.  The online version of the review can be read here:
http://www.toastmagazine.net/reviews/live/the-janskys-the-shakespeare-12713/

Currently the band is taking a few weeks off after a hectic few months. Pat has headed off to Cornwall for a spot of surfing, Damian will be heading to the Green Man Festival and Liam is preparing for his bike trek from London to Paris on 4th September in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust (more about this in our next blog).

WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS now also available as digital only release

Since its release on 29th June WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS has been available on CD from Record Collector and Rare & Racy in Sheffield and through our online shop.

Working with our partners at the Sheffield based AWAL digital distribution, the LP is now available in digital-only formats across many platforms including iTunes, Amazon and others.

Obviously we would encourage you to buy the  CD package from our website shop (in conjunction with Bandcamp).  The CD includes a beautifully presented gatefold card case with original artwork by Mark Conway.  Your order also includes immediate download of the 12-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Should you wish to purchase a digital-only version of the LP you can do so below.

When Silence Speaks - The Janskys

Amazon

The Janskys at Tramlines 2013

Tramlines

Following last Friday’s successful WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS LP launch gig at Shakespeares, The Janskys will be playing a series of stripped back acoustic gigs across this Tramlines weekend:

Thursday 18th July 9.30pm, The Museum, Orchard Square

Saturday 20th July 2pm, The Old House, Devonshire Street

Sunday 21st July 3.45pm, Outside Stage at Henry’s car park

The Janskys Tramlines 2012 - photo Gerard Morgan

The Janskys at Tramlines 2012 Old House (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Looks very much like it’s going to be another scorcher this weekend so a perfect time to take a trip to Sheffield, soak up some rays and enjoy the wonderful live music on offer across the city. We hope to see some of you good people down there.

Also, just a reminder that if you’ve not yet procured your copy of WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS it’s available to buy from:

Our online shop https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street S3 7SG www.rareandracy.co.uk

Record Collector, 233-235 Fulwood Road S10 3BA http://recordcollectorsheffield.co.uk/

 

When Silence Spoke…. an evening with The Janskys

Well, the evening finally arrived – The Janskys launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July 2013….  And what a memorable night it was.

As expected the evening got off to a wonderful start with a spellbinding set by Rhys Bethell accompanying himself on the Spanish guitar made for him by his partner Rosie’s father.  A beautiful instrument beautifully played.  The crowd were held captive to this young man’s unassuming delivery of incredibly intricate vocal and guitar melodies including Fey Jane with vocal accompaniment from Every Animal on Earth’s Laura Thompson and the tribute to his late step father Nigel West, Carnac.

Rhys 8

Rhys Bethell (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

After a refuelling break and a chance to breathe outside of the sultry muggy conditions of the upstairs sweat box gig room the crowd reconvened for the main set by The Janskys.

On probably the hottest night of the year so far the set opened with the sounds of thunder and rain from the LP opener After The Flood as both the track and the live band swelled into life.

Having been largely absent from the live scene for the last couple of years with the exception of the occasional show here and there, this was a chance to see the band back firing on all cylinders kicking into hi octane versions of songs from the new LP including the lead track Tell Me, Head In The Sand and Better Day.

With the set dedicated to producer and friend Colin Bradley, it was then down to singer and acoustic guitarist Pat Donoghue to lead the band through the evening, feeding off the love in the room to engage the crowd with relaxed heartfelt words from the stage.  The Janskys’ line up also featured Damian Sackett on vocals and electric guitar, Liam Rice on drums and Stu Owen on bass.  The obvious absence of original bass player and founder member Nick Davies prompted Pat to say a few words addressing the fact that Nick had left the band while mentioning his important role on the new album and wishing him all the best for the future.

The Janskys onstage at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Mid-set saw a welcome guest appearance from Howard Holmes reprising his rousing harmonica part on Motion Sickness.

As well as playing newer non album tracks Sinking Ship and Collective Alchemy Pat & Damian also revisited The Janskys’ eponymous 2009 mini LP performing an acoustic version of I Can’t Hear Anything.

Another mellower offering was the atmospheric That Way, with additional waves of sound and percussion – taken direct from Colin Bradley’s wonderfully recorded production work and featuring LP drummer Jon Grove – augmenting the band’s live sound.

With no easy access backstage at the end of the set and the crowd being somewhat raucous, the band went straight into the encore starting with Howard rejoining them for a cover of Band Of HorsesIs There A Ghost before which Pat took the opportunity to introduce the band and thank the audience.  The evening was rounded off with a suitably epic Brocco Bank.

The evening then continued in the relative cool of Shakespeares’ beer garden with banter into to the early hours.

The Janskys and Sawayaka Sheffield wish to thank everyone who made the evening so memorable.  Special thanks goes to our partners, families and close friends without whose love and support we would have never reached this point.

 

Next stop Tramlines….

Tramlines

Talking of which, The Janskys will be playing a series of stripped back acoustic gigs across this Tramlines weekend.

Thursday 18th July 9pm, The Museum, Orchard Square

Saturday 20th July 2pm, The Old House, Devonshire Street

Sunday 21st July 3.45pm, Outside Stage at Henry’s car park

Looks very much like it’s going to be another scorcher this weekend so a perfect time to take a trip to Sheffield, soak up some rays and enjoy the wonderful live music on offer across the city. We hope to see some of you good people down there.

 

Also, just a reminder that if you’ve not yet procured your copy of WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS it’s available to buy from:

Our online shop https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street S3 7SG www.rareandracy.co.uk

Record Collector, 233-235 Fulwood Road S10 3BA http://recordcollectorsheffield.co.uk/

 

Preview of When Silence Speaks launch gig – Sheffield Telegraph & The Star

It’s good to see our local press getting behind its local artists.  Sister papers the Sheffield Telegraph & The Star are today both carrying a preview of tomorrow night’s  launch gig by The Janskys at Shakespeares

Telegraph

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/what-s-on/music/music-matters-not-tight-jeans-1-5843186

The Star Black

http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/gigs-music/music-matters-not-tight-jeans-1-5843186

New Radio Broadcast of Janskys track Sat 6th July

Tomorrow morning Mog will be broadcasting his regular Saturday morning radio show ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Lev’ on Manchester’s community radio station Allfm.org.

As part of the show he will feature a track from WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS  by The Janskys.

Other tracks will include Alela Diane, The New Mendicants, Jake Mattison, Olympian, Tom Waits, Scud Mountain Boys, Calexico, Nancy Elizabeth, Hunx And His Punx and Booker T.

Available in the Manchester area on 96.9 fm, online or via Tunein or Allfm apps.

Allfm.org

 

 

New Review (NOW THEN Magazine)

With preparations well under way for the launch gig for When Silence Speaks at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July, we are pleased to share another review of The Janskys‘ new album.

NowThen

This time the review comes from NOW THEN magazine, a local publication run by Opus Independents.

Read the review here (scroll down page once linked through):

http://nowthenmagazine.com/issue-64/albums/

More info on Opus Independents:

“Opus Independents is a Sheffield based not-for-profit social enterprise which publishes a monthly free magazine called Now Then, operates a promotions, distribution and poster service and runs a variety of live spoken word workshops and events called WordLife. We also run regular music events and festival stages as Opus Presents in several venues around Sheffield UK.

We are a collective of individuals who are committed to creating and sustaining socially beneficial arts projects. We operate in a cooperative structure, sharing project ideas, workloads, and skill sets. We recognise that our society is increasingly apathetic, increasingly a mono culture of corporate consumerism and increasingly the cause not the symptom of disenchantment and poor quality of life.

We are committed to supporting local independent traders, charities, community groups, social enterprise and local government. We believe that it is these groups and organisations which not only give each community a uniqueness of character, but also allow a community to support its own agendas local economy and residents.”

http://opusindependents.com

http://nowthenmagazine.com

YOU CAN BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THE JANSKYS 12th JULY LAUNCH GIG:

Thank You – Release Day Event

We’d just like to say a big thanks to Alan and Joe at Rare & Racy for hosting a lovely When Silence Speaks album playback event at their shop last Saturday, they made The Janskys and their guests feel very welcome.  Also many thanks to those of you who made it down to Rare & Racy to have a sneak preview of the LP as it was released for general sale.

The afternoon started off with Pat and Damian playing a short acoustic set ahead of the CD being played back with beer, juice and a selection of sweets laid on for guests.

Pat & Damian at Rare & Racy 29th June 2013.         Photo by Richard Bolam

Amongst the surroundings of books and artworks the afternoon had the very relaxed feel of a literary or art exhibition launch, all very civilized.  Both the acoustic set and playback went down well, CDs were sold and the raffle for the LP sized canvas print of Mark Conway’s original artwork began.  The raffle will be drawn at the main launch event at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July.

In relation to this we are pleased to announce that Rhys Bethell will be the band’s special guest at Shakespeares. Tickets are available from Rare & Racy and also from wegottickets here: