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Introducing Jarpsy (Indie Rock)

Sunderland based Indie Rockers Jarpsy have managed to achieve a huge amount in their first year as a band. "The lovechild of the high-velocity, hard-hitting impact of mid-2000s indie rock and the stadium-filling choruses of timeless classic rock vibes".

With their brand new single 'For The Record' out this Friday 17th April (available for pre-save now!), Imogen Holland spoke to the group about their journey so far and all about playing at one of the North East's biggest music festivals, Hardwick Live...

Photo of Sunderland Based Indie Rock Band Jarpsy by Scarlet Kane (Blindface)
Credit: Scarlet Kane (Blindface)

The group met each other at completely different parts of their life. Tom O’Donnel (bass guitarist and backing vocals) and Jack ‘Shorty’ Johnson (lead vocals and rhythm guitarist) have know each other since birth, then met Gay Keep (drummer) at primary school - before finally meeting Chris Macknight (lead guitarist and backing vocals) in secondary school.

Chris: “We were pretty tight mates long before any of us picked up an instrument".

"The other three were in different bands before this at school then I swooped in and saved the day.”

Jarpsy’s inspiration comes from a wide range of artists including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Beatles. They also take some inspiration from old funk Japanese city music and dance music. Shorty said that it’s more about feeling for him: “I couldn’t give a shit if it doesn’t make sense musically its all about feel and if it feels right then its all good for me. We will have a jam and just fiddle about doing random stuff and songs just come together randomly.”

Photo of Sunderland Based Indie Rock Band Jarpsy by Scarlet Kane (Blindface)
Credit: Scarlet Kane (Blindface)