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I came across The Jellycats on Twitter – and instantly loved the sound. My untrained ear would describe them as a cross between Green Day and Paramore – which judging by their list of influences would probably go down well!
The Jellycats describe themselves as a punk/pop/ska/nu wave fusion with catchy hooks and uplifting melodies, and say their influences include Blink 182, Madness, No Doubt, and The Specials. Vocalist Emma and guitarist Ollie had been writing songs together for a while, when they got together with Ollie’s brother Stu on the drums and Rob Jonson on bass last year and The Jellycats were born.
Ollie and Stu Cooper had tasted chart success with previous band Koopa – the first unsigned UK band to make it into the top 40 with downloads alone. Koopa achieved a number 31, 21 and 16 in the UK charts and their last album was produced by Blink 182s Mark Hoppus. They also supported Army of Freshman, Bowling For Soup and Metro Station.
The Jellycats just love to make music – and they dream of being a main stage act. Ideally they’d love to be the first band to play on the moon too but failing that just want to get their music to as many people as possible, have a laugh and make them smile!
What are The Jellycats up to right now?
“Were just putting the finishing touches to our first album and then we can start thinking about releases, so far we’ve been taking it one step at a time trying to not get ahead of ourselves, now the albums’ done we have a basis to start taking The JC’s into the wide world!”
“Our next gig is at The Specials Official After party in London at Brixton Jamm.
Where did the name The Jellycats come from?
“The Jellycats’ name came from a drunken night out. We were discussing names over drinks and were writing down names on a piece of paper. When we woke up, ‘The Jellycats’ was among the names on the paper. We don’t know who thought of it, we aren’t even sure who wrote it down! But we liked it, and that was that!”
Which song would you most like to have written yourself?
“That’s hard; there are loads of songs we’ve come up with but here are a couple…
Emma says – ‘Beat It’ – Michael Jackson, Rob says – ‘All The Small Things’ – Blink 182; Stu says – ‘I dreamed a dream’…not sure if he means the original or the Susan Boyle classic; Ollie says – ‘Paradise City’ – Guns N Roses
4. What song would you cover if you had to audition for X Factor?
Rob – ‘Staying Alive ‘by the Bee Gees, or some other high pitched classic.
Stu – ‘Maybe Mika’s ‘Grace Kelly’
What’s your favourite place in Chelmsford?
“We’ve been to Chelmsford LOADS! To play, work, and just to hang out over the years. We all love Hooga (formally Barhouse) as a music venue it’s a really nice place, The Fleece is cool too.”
The band have played all over Essex and London including Hornchurch Live Festival, Nambucca and The Rhythm Factory in London, Hooga, Club Fusion, The Twist and Tin Pan Alley Music Bar in Colchester.
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