Ahead of their First Fifty gig, we caught up with the extraordinary electronic duo Jockstrap to chat new music, Louis Theroux and their upcoming performance.
Hailing from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the pair have demonstrated a sound that is simply not bound by the restriction of genre conventions. Reflected in the group’s audacious name, Georgia and Taylor exercise their right to flaunt their musical gifts in a conflictingly intimate and outrageous manner. When asked about the nature of their name, Georgia told us “nothing in particular… we like it because It’s just loud, it very masculine, which contradicts the material on ‘love is the key…’ it’s anonymous. It’s memorable.”
With Jockstrap’s influences ranging from contemporary artists such as James Blake to neo-classical composers like Ravel, the band describe their music as “like music from the outer space star” that is beautifully yet inadvertently original. These thrilling pop prodigies have gained slots at Pitchfork Paris, Iceland Airwaves, a support slot with fellow pop pioneers Lets Eat Grandma and a support slot with The Great Escape alumni Goat Girl, but the best is yet to come for Jockstrap.
Despite being a band in their infancy, Jockstrap have consistently delivered engaging tunes since their debut with ‘I Want Another Affair’, and each have been served to audiences with videos that perfectly reflect the unapologetic qualities of the music itself. Released in September this year, the track ‘Hayley’ has been the bands most inquisitive song yet, receiving wide recognition from the music industry sphere. The song is inspired by a Louis Theroux documentary, where Theroux investigates sex workers in the USA. Focussing on ‘Hayley’, a sex worker Theroux met whilst filming, the song explores the possible narrative of the lady that undeniably caught Theroux’s eye. Somehow capturing the cult-like aura of Theroux’s work, this neo-soul infused electronic composition has grasped the attention of many including BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs.
Jockstrap’s upcoming mini album ‘Love Is The Key To The City’ will be released on 2nd November and promises to be ‘something conceptual; songs; a string orchestra that ties the electronic album together.’ Catch this stunning pair at The Great Escape FIRST FIFTY, they play The Macbeth on Wednesday 28th November, tickets available here
“Just get some friends together, come to the show, have a few drinks, still or fizzy, and enjoy the music. Maybe even fall in love baby!”
Words by Elizabeth Pike