Meet The Jar Family, a 7-piece
indie-folk band from Hartlepool which harks back to the days when music was
about just that, the music. Describing their sound as ‘industrial folk,’ they
embody the best of that grounded folksy spirit has seen something of a revival
in these post-Mumford days.
The Jar Family was formed when
five struggling singer-songwriters came together, some having been close to
homelessness, to form a band that clearly revel in performing together. With
raucous gigs and live performances, you’ll get swept up just watching their
music videos alonw, which leave you with that giddy and free-spirited feeling
any folk music worth its salt should.
Their single, Machine,
represents something of a departure from the rest of the album, with a rockier
and more anthemic edge reminiscent of Kasabian or even recent Arctic Monkey’s
material. Though their songs give away little of the members’ former personal
hardships, the social commentary behind Machine is clear, with the
lyrics “search for your freedom/it isn’t a crime/don’t let them hang you on the
Taking their name from the jar
that they used to pass around at gigs, at the end of the night The Jar Family
would give the lion’s share of its contents to the member most in need at the
time. With that in mind, this is definitely one musical family that we would
love to be a part of.
The album, Jarmalade, is available on iTunes and in
selected stores now.