Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Feature: Jonas & Jane (10/02/15)


Jonas and Jane are an acoustic harmony duo from Surrey, England. 2014 was a pretty big year for them, having paired up in Spring after meeting on the gig circuit, as front singers of two separate bands. They discovered a mutual love of harmonies and country/folk music, they formed a musical act of their own. Jonas and Jane started playing local venues and recording their own material, leading to slots at Weyfest and Guilfest, seven consecutive shows in Texas (on their own mini tour), recording with Jack Saunders AND finishing the year with an EP to be released.


General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?

Jonas: I started playing guitar when I was 12.
Jane: I started singing publicly at secondary school concerts at the age of 15 but started violin at the age of 8.

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
Jonas: The Eagles at the O2, 2014
Jane: Angus and Julia Stone live at Wilton's Music Hall, 2014

3. Who have you been listening to lately? 
Jonas: The Eagles, Osbourne Brothers, Tony Rice
Jane: The Eagles, The Stray Birds

3 Questions for Jonas & Jane:

1. Having toured Texas last year, what was your highlight and why?

Playing McGonigels Mucky Duck, there was an awesome crowd and it was a great stage.

2. What is your usual songwriting process (e.g. harmonies, melody etc.)?
We tend to start with the melody on an instrument and then add in lyrics and add in the harmonies last.

3. What is your favourite track from the EP and why?
Jonas: 'Take Me Away' because I tried to make my guitar sound like a pedal steel guitar.
Jane: 'When I'm With You' because it's the one I'm most proud of lyrically.

Random Q:

If you were on a desert island, what three items would you wish for?

Jonas: a boat, a life jacket and a pair of oars.
Jane: a guitar, spaghetti and Jonas.

Jonas and Jane EP Review:
Their debut EP opens with 'Well, This Time' which is full of harmonies and presents a mellow and relaxed vibe which is also seen when they perform this track live.  
'When I'm With You' is the next track, which is the upbeat song on the EP, it has a cheeky feel to both the lyrics and melody, however it also slows down for a section to produce the signature style of Jonas and Jane.  The penultimate song is 'Take Me Away' which is my favourite track off the EP, the opening guitar is reminiscent of Passenger and you can hear the influence of Texan music throughout and again as in all their songs the harmonies and lyrics are on point.  The EP finishes with 'We All Know' the lyrics and music create imagery allowing the listener to picture a scene, the overall raw sound is refreshing.  
Overall this EP produces well crafted lyrics, melody & harmonies.  It has camp fire and summer barbecue vibes and the instrumental works alongside the vocals incredibly well.


Jonas and Jane's Links:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/jonasandjane
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonasandjane
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jonasandjane
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jonasandjane
Website: http://www.jonasandjane.com

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