A spring in their step as Trampolene head north

Trampolene to play Bootleg Social on Friday
Trampolene to play Bootleg Social on Friday

With a debut album released in September and a tour underway, Trampolene lead singer Jack Jones says it’s ‘happy days’ as things are ‘as good as they could be’.

Jack compares releasing ‘Swansea to Hornsey’ to ‘giving birth, without the umbilical chord’.

“It was amazing, for years we’ve been writing so it feels like a miracle that it now exists,” he said of the ‘emotional experience’.

“It’s a bit weird going on Spotify and it’s my annoying voice playing back at me on a big rock ’n roll playlist; it’s what we worked hard to do and always dreamed of.”

The album’s cover caused a bit of controversy. It was banned on Facebook due to a picture of Jack and his sister as children standing naked playing with traffic cones outside their house.

“When I was little wore a cast on my leg, which got really hot,” he said.

“I was too scared to walk around naked to cool down, but my sister did it with me to stop me being nervous.

“The cover is a classic working class shot and you can’t see any naughty bits.”

To promote the album, the band have been gigging.

“The last few shows have really blown our minds; the crowd singing back so passionately is really humbling,” he said. “Each city has their own little quirks.

“It is all about grass roots. Any place where people turn up feels like a special gig to me, it doesn’t matter where it is.”

After enjoying an ‘insane’ gig in Cardiff, along with band mates Wayne Thomas and Rob Steele, Jack went home to Swansea.

“My mum woke me up with a cup of tea and a cooked breakfast, the things I used to take for granted,” he said. “It’s really grounding going back as it helps you remember where you come from.”

During the past 12 months Trampolene have supported Liam Gallagher, a ‘mind-blowing’ experiene and he credits the Oasis frontman’s comeback for giving guitar bands ‘a lot more attention’.

And Jack, who has played alongside Peter Doherty of the Libertines, believes it’s ‘amazing’ having someone like that helping them out, admitting ‘it build’s your confidence’.
Jack’s journey into music began when he was expelled from school for jumping on his art teacher’s car.

His dad bought him a guitar, and he ‘just starting dabbling with it’.

Jones believes coming from Swansea has had a big impact on his music: “Everyone’s hometown, no matter where you come from, has an effect. It was only when I moved away that I started to think and write about it. I want big shows, big fans, a big family and a big life. If that happens, great, if doesn’t, great, as long as I give it my best shot.”

* See Trampolene at Bootleg Social on Friday.

AMOS WYNN