Jack Cheshire Jack Cheshire… Not about to disappear in a hurry, unlike his namesake cat

Showcase: Jack Cheshire

Published on August 3rd, 2013 | Jonny Abrams

We found ourselves somewhat awe-struck by Jack Cheshire’s recent “Gyroscope” single, awarding it four and a half quails in a recent singles round-up and describing it in the following terms:

Ooh, brooding mystery psych folk loveliness! It’s been a grand year for this rough sort of thing – see also Balthazar, Matthew E. White and Oliver Wilde – and this is as beguiling as any of them.

In fact, as it crashes into its tumultuous final section, it occurs to us that it’s bloody brilliant and we put it on again. Damn, it’s like a one-man Grizzly Bear or something.

Naturally we sought answers, so we stuffed some questions into a tiny little rucksack and sent our resident carrier pigeon off in search of this Cheshire cat. First, though, have yourselves a simultaneous butcher’s at and earful of the song in question…

How would you describe your music, if pushed?

I’ve always had vivid dreams and an overactive imagination. Every time I’ve written anything that I thought was any good I’ve been in some kind of unthinking state. So I suppose there’s a transporting/hypnotic quality to my music.

I think lyrically it revolves around the subconscious and can be pretty obscure/figurative. It’s melodic, dreamy, there are some psychedelic moments and improvised ‘wig outs’. It’s hard to categorize because it has various elements intertwined.


Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?

I am based in South Tottenham, London, have been here for a while. I record onto a Fostex 4-track, use it as a ‘sketch book’ to work on songs before I take them to the band.

Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?

I am still independent but have signed a deal with a distribution company. All the label interest I’ve had has come off the back of radio airplay and album reviews.

Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)

LONG MIND HOTEL is released 02/09/2013. We recorded it over 5 days and nights in June last year, at Sawmills studios in Cornwall. It rained for the duration of our stay (which I was secretly glad for).

It was a very focused time. We pretty much worked non-stop; when we finished band takes I was layering up vocal harmonies, Jon was adding percussion, Andrea played mandolin, wurlitzer and piano overdubs, David did some beautiful E-bowed & shimmering guitar layers.

Tommy Williams (our engineer) was relentless, he must have worked fifteen hours straight every day without any dip in concentration. I salute him!

Though the album was written for a while before we went out there, certain sections were left deliberately vague and unrehearsed. I wanted parts to be spontaneous, and some of the arrangements left open as late as possible. Jon and Andrea (drums and double bass) are both jazz players and they prefer to have the freedom to improvise.

We completely reworked one of the songs (“Daily Races”), and others morphed and changed throughout our stay. There’s something about seeing things coming into focus as you work, as opposed to trying to recapture something you’ve already worked out, that makes the process much more engaging.

I hope people listen to it as an album, because I think it has a good flow, and makes best sense in that context. It’s the most dynamic recording I’ve made, I feel like it’s pretty hallucinatory, drawn from eclectic influences and recorded honestly in one go.

Where can we hear your music online?


Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?

Well I am still pretty obscure so Lauren Laverne playing ‘Gyroscope’ on prime time BBC 6 music was a buzz. I played a solo show to a sold-out Union Chapel (supporting Roddy Woomble), that was pretty magic. We played an epic full band gig at the King’s Place last year, I loved that!

To be honest, just getting the finished albums back from the pressing plants gives me goosebumps.

Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)

We’re playing out at Dragonfly Festival in Sweden 16th August.

Album launch show is at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston 27th August. Tickets here.

Full Uk tour to be announced shortly; watch this space!

Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?

Eyes & No Eyes (London), The Resident Cards (Paris), House of Trees (Gothenburg), Sarah Johns Music Party (London).

Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?

Billie Holiday, Fela Kuti, Hank Williams, Can, Thom Yorke (Radiohead and solo work).

Jack Cheshire, thank you.


About the Author

Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

61 Responses to Showcase: Jack Cheshire

  1. Pingback: Rocksucker: Showcase: Jack Cheshire | moonblogsfromsyb

  2. I just want to say I am all new to blogging and site-building and certainly savored your web site. Very likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You really come with amazing article content. Many thanks for sharing with us your website page.

  3. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My blog site is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would definitely benefit from some of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks a lot!

  4. W888 says:

    My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

  5. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  6. electro says:

    I love what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve added you guys to my personal blogroll.

  7. sishair says:

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks!

  8. Some truly choice content on this internet site , saved to my bookmarks .

  9. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  10. mobile hacks says:

    Howdy very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also¡KI’m satisfied to search out numerous helpful info here within the submit, we want work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  11. I simply could not go away your web site prior to suggesting that I really loved the usual info a person supply in your guests? Is gonna be back regularly to check up on new posts

  12. text to give says:

    It is actually a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m glad that you just shared this useful information with us. Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  13. megapu.sh says:

    Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

  14. I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my trouble. You are amazing! Thanks!

  15. #sheerbikini says:

    Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.

  16. Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it very hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

  17. 야마토 says:

    Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your super writings. Past few posts are just a bit out of track! come on!

  18. You could certainly see your expertise in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

  19. Hey there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Many thanks

  20. online poker says:

    Hello. impressive job. I did not expect this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  21. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back down the road. I want to encourage continue your great work, have a nice holiday weekend!

  22. Thank you so much for giving everyone an extremely spectacular possiblity to check tips from this web site. It’s usually so pleasant and as well , packed with amusement for me personally and my office acquaintances to visit your blog at least three times in 7 days to see the newest secrets you will have. And of course, we’re always happy concerning the staggering information you give. Some 1 facts in this posting are certainly the most impressive we’ve had.

  23. I’d must check with you here. Which is not one thing I often do! I take pleasure in reading a submit that can make individuals think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  24. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  25. Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is simply nice and i can assume you’re an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

  26. online poker says:

    Thank you for another informative site. Where else could I get that type of information written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I’m just now working on, and I’ve been on the look out for such info.

  27. My programmer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year and am concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  28. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem together with your website in web explorer, could check this¡K IE nonetheless is the market leader and a large portion of people will miss your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  29. I truly wanted to type a small comment so as to say thanks to you for some of the amazing concepts you are sharing at this website. My considerable internet look up has now been honored with reputable ideas to talk about with my friends and classmates. I would tell you that we site visitors are very lucky to live in a useful site with so many outstanding people with good guidelines. I feel extremely privileged to have seen the weblog and look forward to so many more brilliant times reading here. Thank you once again for all the details.

  30. poker online says:

    Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same subjects you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  31. Very fantastic information can be found on website . “Society produces rogues, and education makes one rogue more clever than another.” by Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wills Wilde.

  32. I think this is among the most vital info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The website style is great, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  33. Great post and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is really the best place to ask but do you guys have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thanks :)

  34. Great goods from you, man. I’ve take note your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent. I really like what you’ve obtained here, really like what you’re saying and the way by which you are saying it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it smart. I cant wait to learn far more from you. This is actually a terrific web site.

  35. I like this post, enjoyed this one appreciate it for posting. “We are punished by our sins, not for them.” by Elbert Hubbard.

  36. dimagrante says:

    Yet another issue is that video games are usually serious naturally with the most important focus on mastering rather than enjoyment. Although, there’s an entertainment aspect to keep your kids engaged, just about every game will likely be designed to work on a specific group of skills or course, such as numbers or scientific research. Thanks for your post.

  37. CBD vs THC says:

    I’ve read some excellent stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how so much attempt you place to create this type of magnificent informative site.

  38. Thanks for discussing your ideas. Something is that scholars have an option between fed student loan and a private education loan where it can be easier to choose student loan consolidating debts than through the federal education loan.

  39. låna pengar says:

    I conceive this web site has some rattling fantastic info for everyone. “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” by Hayes.

  40. Absolutely pent content material, Really enjoyed studying.

  41. Thanks , I’ve recently been looking for information about this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

  42. I have not checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  43. btc doubler says:

    Super-Duper website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am taking your feeds also.

  44. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually recognize what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally consult with my site =). We will have a hyperlink change agreement among us!

  45. I simply could not leave your website before suggesting that I extremely loved the usual info an individual provide on your guests? Is gonna be again incessantly in order to inspect new posts

  46. Wow, wonderful blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been running a blog for? you made blogging glance easy. The overall glance of your website is great, as well as the content material!

  47. Mp3 Juice says:

    As I web-site possessor I believe the content material here is rattling excellent , appreciate it for your efforts. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck.

  48. I simply needed to thank you so much all over again. I do not know the things that I might have undertaken in the absence of the type of concepts revealed by you over such a field. It has been a real horrifying problem in my opinion, nevertheless spending time with a new well-written avenue you solved that forced me to jump over happiness. I will be grateful for this guidance and then hope that you recognize what a powerful job you happen to be putting in educating the mediocre ones via your webpage. Most probably you have never come across all of us.

  49. LOL SMMNET says:

    What i do not realize is in reality how you are not actually a lot more smartly-appreciated than you may be now. You are very intelligent. You already know thus considerably in the case of this topic, made me in my view consider it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men aren’t interested until it’s something to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always deal with it up!

  50. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

  51. What i do not realize is in fact how you’re now not actually a lot more smartly-appreciated than you may be right now. You are so intelligent. You realize therefore considerably with regards to this matter, made me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t involved unless it is something to do with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs great. At all times care for it up!

  52. I have been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It¡¦s lovely value enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content material as you did, the web shall be much more helpful than ever before.

  53. I have not checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  54. W88 says:

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, as well as the content!

  55. I have recently started a website, the information you offer on this site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  56. puzzle games says:

    Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is simply excellent and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  57. obviously like your website but you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to tell the truth nevertheless I¡¦ll certainly come again again.

  58. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  59. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.

  60. Some genuinely nice and useful information on this internet site, also I believe the design and style holds fantastic features.

  61. I learned more interesting things on this fat reduction issue. A single issue is a good nutrition is vital if dieting. A tremendous reduction in junk food, sugary meals, fried foods, sweet foods, beef, and bright flour products could be necessary. Retaining wastes organisms, and harmful toxins may prevent goals for fat-loss. While specific drugs for the short term solve the challenge, the nasty side effects will not be worth it, plus they never give more than a temporary solution. It can be a known indisputable fact that 95% of dietary fads fail. Many thanks sharing your notions on this weblog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *