Introducing Boy Jumps Ship, a dynamic pop rock band from the UK who is beginning to gain a good deal of notice around and well outside of their Newcastle music scene. Inspiring lyrical content with super memorable hooks abound on their just relesed EP entitled Engines – their second independent effort to date. Fans of Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday should espeicially take note of what Boy Jumps Ship has to offer. Here is a recent interview we conduced with lead vocalist Si Todd to find out more about this promising new collective ready to seize the day…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Boy Jumps Ship, and how long the band has been together?
Hi, I’m Si. I sing lead vocals and play guitar. We’ve been a band just under a year now, we played our first official show in March 2010 to coincide with the release of our self titled EP.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
We’re from Newcastle in the north east of England. Our local scene is certainly getting a lot better than it used to be. Around two years ago the local music scene just seemed so lifeless, there weren’t many bands around and no one really seemed bothered about going to shows. Now it’s definitely a lot better though, there are quite a few exciting bands in Newcastle at the minute and every week there seems to be a good show going on for people to go to.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title Engines?
I wouldn’t say there was a concept behind ‘Engines‘ as such. The songs on the EP all tie together in their own way, they represent some of the life experiences that we’ve had so far in our short lives. We all thought that ‘Engines‘ would be a great title for the EP, not only because it helps to tie the songs together but because the word ‘Engines‘ definitely acts as a metaphor for some of the things we go through in life.
Where do you get the ideas for some of your lyrics? Please select two songs in particular and what inspired you to write the lyrics.
I get ideas for the lyrics from my everyday thoughts and experiences. For example, ‘Backstays and Halyards’ is about being young, it’s about taking risks and constantly feeling like you have something to prove to someone else. Another song I’d have to pick would be ‘Seize the Day’. The theme of the song is something that all of us in the band really connect with, and hopefully other people will too. The song is about appreciating the short time we do have in life and being able to do what you want to do in that time.
What could one expect from a Boy Jumps Ship show?
You could expect an energetic and exciting show for sure. We love playing shows, playing live is definitely what we’re about. When we’re working on songs for a live show we always try to do something a little bit different to the last show, doing it this way helps to keep it exciting for both us and our fans. We’re really passionate guys who believe in what we do so hopefully that would come across live and translate to the audience.
Where did you get the band name Boy Jumps Ship?
The idea came from the fact that we all knew each other really well as friends before we started this band. We were involved in other bands in the past and when we got the chance to play music together we jumped at the chance. The fact that we had all come from previous bands and moved into this one lead to the name ‘Boy Jumps Ship’.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
We had the pleasure of opening for The Ghost of A Thousand in Belgium this past summer. They are great live and are also one of our favourite bands which made the experience one of the highlights of our year. One of the other big bands we’ve opened for this summer were The Futureheads. We got the chance to open for them at a local music festival which was really cool. I think the fact that they are genuine, local guys who have already been there and are still playing massive shows is something that we generally strive for as a band. They also watched our set and had a talk to us afterwards which we thought was a really cool thing to do.
Any plans for Boy Jumps Ship to play any shows here in the States?
We’d love to come over to the States to play some shows. We seem to get a very positive reaction from people over there which is really nice. So if any bands want to take us out to play some shows, or we get the chance to come over we’ll definitely be there.
The Queen Of England invites Boy Jumps Ship to play one song at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you play for her majesty and why?
Ha! It would have to be ‘We Won’t Burn Out’, it’s a song we all love to play live. I think the lyrics and the meaning behind the song would be very appropriate for some of the things that are currently going on in our country.
Overall, how does Engines differ from your debut EP?
We’re all really proud of our self titled EP and where it has taken us over these past few months, but we all feel that ‘Engines‘ is a stronger EP all round. The songs still speak for themselves but they have more room to breathe this time round. We really wanted to progress with this EP, so we pushed ourselves a lot further since the debut and we feel that it has certainly helped us to write better songs. The fact that we have been able to grow and mature as a band since then has really helped the writing process in general.
How easy or difficult has it been to pretty much record and release everything on your own?
It has been very easy to be honest. The fact that music is so accessible these days makes it a lot easier for bands like us to put our music out there to as many people as possible. Obviously we’re always working to a budget but that hasn’t really stopped us from recording and releasing our music ourselves.
Any label interest?
We’ve had interest from small independent labels but we haven’t had many major label interest up to now.
Do you have any messages for people reading this who might want to check your music out?
We’re an exciting young band with a lot of important things to say, and we still have a lot more to offer. We really believe in what we do and we hope that this is reflected through our songs when people listen to them. We’re passionate guys who constantly try and push ourselves to write the best songs we can and we want share them with as many people as possible.
The Boy Jumps Ship lineup consists of Si Todd on vocals and guitar, Jonathan Douglas on guitar and vocals, Jonny Rob on bass and vocals, and Gav Gates on drums and vocals.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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