Jumping Ships are an Alt Rock Quartet based in Brighton who have been together for a year and a half. In their short time together they have toured the UK three times and have played shows for The Great Escape, BBC Introducing, Club NME, Leftfield Glastonbury and Rock Against Racism; supporting bands such as Biffy Clyro, Bombay Bicycle Club, Flood of Red, General Fiasco and The Most Serene Republic.
Festival highlights of this year for the band included White Air Festival and Southsea Festival.
Upon formation the band started writing, recording and self producing a two track single entitled ‘Liberty Row’. This single caught the attention of BBC Introducing Guru’s Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq who both playlisted the track. The single also attracted interest from Brighton Electric Studios (Foals/Maccabees/Blood Red Shoes) who offered the band a chance to record a debut album. The album entitled ‘Orientation’ is in final mixing stages and is set to be released in early 2010.
In October the band released a limited edition single entitled ‘The Bad Outweighed The Good’ which they promoted with a month long UK tour. The single also secured them high profile endorsements with; Hi-Watt, Ernie Ball and Jim Dunlop. A portion of the limited editions were kept, and one has been included within.
Jumping Ships, who are the first unsigned band to headline Club NME have been feautured regularly within the NME magazine, including ‘Pick of the week’, ‘Featured Gigs’ and an interview in the unsigned section. Next year sees the release of their debut album ‘Orientation’ and looks to be an exciting year for the band.
‘"Ted Leo meets Karate melodic punk-rock ... Jumping Ships? Time to get on board people!"
“Jumping Ships are the most interesting and exciting band to come out of Brighton in years”
Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing)
“The Jumping Ships are a Brighton based band that seems to be the next big thing in the south. On stage this young band delivers more energy then we have experienced in a long time and for that reason after seeing them perform at White Air Festival we were eager to speak to them”.
“ I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that that Jumping Ships are one of the best bands in Brighton at the moment”
Sarah Powell (ITV/NME)
“Jumping Ships are a local band set to play alongside more established acts such as Doves, The Lemonheads and Biffy Clyro”
The Guardian (‘White Air Festival 09’ preview)
“The Bad Outweighed The Good is solid from the start, and fails to falter at any point – a perfect choice for a single release”
Single Review - 412limited.co.uk
“It’s very refreshing to find a band with their own (haunting) sound”
Single Review - 8/10 Kate Elliot, XYZ Magazine
“Cue neatly offset layered intricate melodies, powerful and heartfelt vocals and a tightness that Scrooge would be proud of. But the single most impressive part of this track is when all instruments let fly on the powerful and head-lodging choruses, led by cascading yet crystal clear guitars.”
Single Review – 10/13 – Adam Venton, Room Thirteen
“The Band do not like to be pigeonholed into one genre and it is apparent that the band has various musical backgrounds. It is testament to the strength of the single that it has been on repeat for most of my day.”
Single Review – The Mag
“They play with pace and conviction that suggests a very good live band indeed”
Single Review – God Is In The TV Zine
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