“Creating one helluva punk racket… The latest NZ export guilty of quenching the thirst of those who love themselves a sing-along. KKKK” – Kerrang! Magazine
“With a heavy combination of gruff punk and melodic hardcore, The Jury & The Saints deserve to soar to great heights in 2015. 8/10” – Big Cheese Magazine
It’s a Friday night, you’re out with your best friends and a little on your way. THAT song comes on in the bar and you know exactly what it’s time for. Beers are in hand, albeit the odd splash on the floor, and arms are round each other. You’re singing along so hard you can feel your lungs about to explode and it feels AMAZING. The Jury & The Saints (TJ&TS) are the new band to make this happen all over again with their contagiously anthemic sophomore self-titled album TJ&TS, released 2nd March.
Dubbing themselves “Monster rock from Aoteoroa”, The Jury & The Saints are masters of the hook with their gang-vocal filled anthems, fully loaded with raw riffs. With extensive touring history in Australasia and Europe, the Kiwi quartet are now hungry for UK ears.
We don’t care about making a technical album, we care about making music that translates both in the studio and live, music that hopefully moves people, music that makes you HAVE TO sing, music that connects because it’s coming from energy and honesty” – Jesse Smith, singer
Lung bursting, sing-along UK single Monday Morning is out now and has received airplay from BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Kerrang!, TeamRock and Amazing Radio. This track follows last year’s single, Focus which also received strong radio support.
The Jury & The Saints – Monday Morning (Official Video)
Their self-ttiled album follows 2010’s album debut Daydreams, and 2011’s EP Revival which landed at #4 in the New Zealand Top 40. Revival, the track that gave 2011’s EP its name, set the bar high after giving the band their first #1 in the New Zealand Singles Chart.
Going against the grain of their hometowns, The Jury & The Saints chose music over surfing and rugby. Tour life was written into singer Jesse Smith’s blood from a young age, with much of his childhood spent on the road with family travelling Australia & New Zealand in a minivan. However it was an approved working visa and a trip to London which made him fall in love with punk. Working in a warehouse, he spent every penny on tickets for punk shows and music magazines. When the time for his return to New Zealand approached, Jesse knew exactly what he wanted to do.
Similarly, guitarist Rowan Crowe had immersed himself in a musician’s lifestyle by flying out to the USA and travelling coast to coast with bands for festivals. Making ends meet by busking and selling disposable cameras at Warped Tour, he played in various bands and toured for an impressive 10 years. Unable to kick the touring bug he returned to New Zealand, where fate took hold as he crossed paths with his old friend Jesse.
The Jury & The Saints are:
- Jesse Smith – Singer/guitars
- Ivan Beets – Bass
- Marty Kroon – Drums
- Rowan Crowe – Guitars
The Jury & The Saints originally formed in Auckland as a two piece in 2009, with Jesse as singer/guitarist and Rowan on drums. The duo were immediately thrown in at the deep end when their single Brand New perked up the ears of New Zealand music TV channel C4. Leading to a live national TV performance and documentary on the band, the track was selected as the channel’s official promo song, becoming the #1 most played video on C4.
2011 saw the duo decide to expand their live sound. Recruiting Ivan Beets on bass and Marty Kroon on drums, Rowan migrated to second guitar duties. So with an extended line-up, The Jury and The Saints were born.
Supporting Paramore in Aus…
Earning a one-off support slot to US heavyweights Paramore in Australia, The Jury And The Saints impressed the headliners so much they were invited to support for the rest of the 8-date stadium Australasian tour – reaching an impressive total audience of over 60 000. Other achievements include 4 consecutive appearances at Parachute Festival and support to P.O.D and The Get Up Kids
Unafraid to combine a sense of humour with epic, uplifting, gang-vocal stuffed anthems, or to sport the odd sailor outfit, The Jury & The Saints live performances to date have landed them critical acclaim. The band will arrive to UK shores with their tenacious punk soon.
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