The Jade Assembly, New Mexico, Oh Well Goodbye: Jimmy’s Liverpool


Jade Assembly

Jade Assembly played a blinder at Liverpool’s Jimmy’s and Getintothis’ Derek Marmalade was there to soak it all up.

We at Getintothis are big fans of the gig-space at Jimmy’s; it’s low-ceilinged, loud and the crowd can almost touch the performers.

Tonight, Jade Assembly frontman, John (Foz) Forster belts out Prime Circle-esque tones, set to passionate and thought-provoking lyrics, which either mean everything or nothing, all at the same time.

They are poetic and clever, with the influence of The Beatles and the ‘British sound’, so prevalent in their music.

With a cover of Come Together, a nod and homage to their influence, the venue is bouncing – with collections of young and older faces, dotted around, all either bopping along with their pint or with an arm over a mate.

Finishing their set on a cover of, the monumental Live Forever by band favourites Oasis, Andy Watson and Danny Hayes bring the room to attention with a formidable drum and bass combination, allowing lead-guitarist Gareth Smedley free-reign to provide that ever so iconic guitar solo.

With experience on the festival-circuit, with admissions at Playground Festival and Kendall Calling, it will be interesting to see if they can cause another stir this summer – and truly cement themselves as a great northern rock n’ roll band.

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Support came from new-guns, New Mexico and experienced rockers, Oh Well Goodbye.

Fresh from an appearance at Getintothis’ very own, Deep Cuts, in February, New Mexico are an upcoming band, who have been propelled into the Liverpool music since after playing with Ali Horn, in December – despite, a week prior to that, not even having a recognised name.

John Cooper Clarke inspired phrases and lyrics, entwined in stories of wit, love and loss – dosed in the odd mundane topic, that we can all relate to.

It is very clear to see the influences of lead singer, Cai Thomas and with the support of Peter Wilson and Ben Court’s thumbing rhythm section – Cai is given the freedom to truly express himself.

New Mexico will play the Deep Cuts Away Day extravaganza at the Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, on the March 11 – it will be interesting to see how they progress.

Oh Well Goodbye meanwhile offered the crowd something different, with droning guitar lines and low humming vocals, it adds some great variation to line-up.

Lo-fi DIY post punks, who have been established years, despite a number of line-up changes in recent times – the ethos of founding member, Philip Rourke has stayed the same.

Aiming to push barriers within their genre, creating a very interesting yet niche style of music. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the room seemed to enjoy.

We would definitely recommend a listen to the extensive back-catalogue of this band, enlighten yourself.

Pictures by Billy Vitch