A busy weekend lies ahead for Gayton band Jake Morrell, who have two exciting and very different festival performances at the Ely Folk Festival and Festival Too.
The four-piece band have been hard at work playing across the country and developing their sound ahead of a string of huge festival performances and the release of their next EP today.
Lead singer Jake Morrell said: “We’ve had the time of our lives this summer performing across the country, we’ve supported Gorgon City at Harper Adams University and had a packed out performance at Cambridge University Summer Ball. We also performed to a full house at the Half Moon Party, a venue which had featured artists including The Rolling Stones, Kasabian and U2.”
Now local fans of the Norfolk band can catch two performances right on their doorstep. Jake said: “We’re super excited to be part of the festival again and can’t wait to show a nice big home crowd how far we have come as a group and with our sound.”
Drummer Lewis Jenkins said: “We’re bringing a very different show to each, for Ely Folk Festival we’ve been asked to strip it back to a more gentle sound but for Festival Too we’re bringing the full show.”
Robert Wiseman, piano and synths, said: “We played Festival Too two years ago with The Brand New Heavies and it was only the fifth gig I had played in my life. We’re looking forward to going back and supporting Scouting For Girls.”
Audiences can also catch the boys performing at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk over the following two weekends, once when Jake plays an acoustic set at a Music Unplugged night, and then as a full band at Jimmy’s Farm Festival with X Factor star Matt Cardle.
After some line-up changes, the band now feature three original members – Lewis, Robert and lead singer Jake, with the addition of bass guitarist John Brindley and Charles Monneraud on electric guitar. The group have been working on new material to play throughout the summer and for their latest release, Homegrown.
Lewis said: “We’ve got some new tracks, along with some older tracks that have been revisited. Our sound has matured a bit and it a lot more expressive now, we used to have more crowd pleasing pop numbers but now we’re tackling bigger subjects.”
The EP was recorded by the band, and a group of friends, at Jake’s home in Gayton, with the band putting in 14hour days to prepare it for today’s release.
Jake said: “The whole EP has been designed around the fact that we are just bog standard guys who are doing something amazing off their own backs. We’re just the ones who destroyed mum and dad’s living room and turned it into a recording studio, and we’ve taken it right back to our roots.”
Lewis added: “We’ve added a lot more texture and our sound is a lot more atmospheric. We’ve got one track called Home in A Year and the intro is more folk rock mixed with electronica which is something very new for us.”
The band are planning to hold two launch parties for the new EP, one in London where the band are based half the time, and the other will be held for their Norfolk fans on September 19 at the Granary Theatre in Wells.
See the band performing at Ely Folk Festival tonight, and tomorrow night at Festival Too. Find out more about what they have been up to at www.jakemorrell.co.uk or get tickets for the Wells launch party at www.granarytheatre.co.uk