Joe Lean Interview
The frontman talks about his Jing Jang Jong and their Shakespeare inspired single Lucio Starts Fires
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong are the ridiculously named group causing quite a buzz on the music scene.
The group- fronted by 24 year old Joe- had been together under a year when major labels launched in a bidding war over them, and now theyre starring on the Gonzo Tour and supporting Babyshambles.
We are a little gang of romantics, the messianic singer told us. When you hear our songs you will hear melody drenched power pop songs!
And Lean- talking to us from a Stockholm recording studio- thinks his group can add something to the music scene that other bands cant:
No one writes a tune to make people feel something anymore, its all too safe, he said. People dont want tepid boys with guitars.
The group have come out of the thriving Brighton scene where they hung out with Electric Soft Parade, Brakes and girl group The Pipettes- who until recently Joe was the drummer for.
They chose me because I was the only drummer they knew who could dance. It was the best experience, the singer told us.
My last show with them was on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury! So after The Pipettes I wanted to do something different and hit the ground running.
And with cracking debut single Lucio Starts Fires theyve certainly made a good start. The track was inspired by a fight Joe Lean started in a Camden boozer and a literary comparison.
Theres a character in Measure For Measure by Shakespeare who is always talking in riddles and is rather obnoxious. My boys thought there were similarities (with me), said Joe, who as an actor has starred in Peep Show and numerous adverts.
The group- whose ambitious debut album will even include a banging dance track- dont want to just be a music press supported buzz band.
We dont want all this hype! the frontman told us. We want to make people dance! NME got us to do a tips on how to get signed. But I dont know how to get signed I just know how to play.
And as for that strange name: Its just ridiculous. Its fun to say, In a years we will be defined by our music anyway.
CATCH JOE LEAN AND THE JING JANG JONG ON THE GONXO TOUR IN GLASGOW AND SUPPORTING BABYSHAMBLES THIS WINTER