Jet Pack Jesus
Anyone who loves the great rock, alternative and indie bands of the last five decades will love the live performances of Jet Pack Jesus, these five musicians from Bristol keep the crowd on their feet all night long. Belting out tracks from legends such as The Beatles and The Stones through to The Killers and the Kings of Leon, there’s something for everyone in their set. The bands repertoire is continually increasing and with a bit of notice they’ll even work in a couple of requests to suit your wedding, party or corporate event. Jet Pack Jesus are regulars on the Bristol pub and club scene along with appearances at sporting events, festivals and charity events. Drew Ford (Lead Vocals), Tristan Exon (Rhythm guitar and Backing Vocals, and also taking the lead on some songs), Charlie Hallett (Lead Guitar), Darrin Jones (Bass and Synth) and Matt Derrick (Drums) have a huge amount of gigging experience between them. Their high energy performances are well renowned in the Bristol area and having this full on, five piece band rocking up your venue or event will certainly give your guests something to talk about.
Drew Ford – Lead Vocal Drew is a founding member of JPJ after he replied to an ad for singer wanted on Gumtree in 2014 and has been standing at the front ever since.
Favourite Song: Slide Away by Oasis (Noel Gallagher acoustic version)
Guilty Pleasure: MMMBop by Hansen
First Album: Salt n Peppa ‘A Salt with a Deadly Peppa’
First Gig: Eternal at the Bristol Colston Hall
Matt Derrick – Drummer Matt has been playing the Bristol pub and club scene for the past ten years and joined the band in 2015.
Favourite song: Paradise City by Guns N Roses
Guilty pleasure: The One And Only by Chesney Hawkes
First Album: Bryan Adams ‘Reckless’
First Gig: U2 Achtung Baby Tour
Charlie Hallett – Lead Guitar Charlie has been with the band since August 2016. Proir to this had been playing lead guitar for many bands in and around the Bristol area.
Favourite Song: Highway to Hell by ACDC
First Album: Status Quo ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’
First Gig: Right Said Fred
Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals
Having found JPJ online whilst lying by the pool enjoying the glorious Greek sun with rum in hand, he was the final piece of the mad puzzle that is Jet Pack Jesus. Eager to get gigging, break some strings, get people dancing and sweat through some shirts, he was eager to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Has been playing guitar for 6 years and has been singing for 2. Enthusiastic, energetic and versatile are just some of the words that have been thrown his way.
Favourite Song: Clocks Go Forward by James Bay
First Album: Black Eyed Peas ‘Elephunk’
Bass and Synth
Darrin along with Drew is one of the founder members of JPJ. He has played in several pub bands, and open mic nights.
Favourite Song: Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan
Guilty Pleasure: Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell
First Album: The Carpenters, Live at the Palladium (for my mum)
First Gig: Gary Numan Pleasure Principle tour.
Cover of The Beatles hit with a modern twist. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan
Cover of Pearl Jam’s iconic hit. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan
Place Your Hands
Cover of a classic by Reef. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan
Song set list
Updates from the Band
After a break over Christmas and some very productive time in the studio what better way to start a busy 2019 than with a gig at The Fire Engine in Redfield, it was great to see the place packed on Saturday night and everyone having great time.
So what has 2019 got in store for you, well……………. It’s going to be epic. We have gigs at all our regular venues with new venues such as the Rising Sun in Ashton Gate and The Lamb in Cadbury Heath wanting a bit of the JPJ madness this year. Oh…and keep an eye on our website and social media for an announcement regarding a very special event in September, not going to give too much away but keep the 21st free if you love your music.
One more thing before we sign off…………Drew is trekking to Machu Picchu in October this year to raise money and awareness for MIND the mental health charity, I’m sure you’ll all agree it’s a fantastic cause and if you can afford a donation to this worthy cause please do so by navigating to. www.justgiving.com/Andrew-ford11 or text OTIB82 followed by the amount (eg 10) to 70070 (Link on our FB)
A new year is upon us and it gives us a bit of time to reflect on the last and look forward to this.
2018 saw us play a more varied gig range from new venues, more weddings and the RAF 100th Anniversary celebrations at The Bristol Aerospace Museum. We got back in the studio and recorded some tracks (which will be available for you all to listen to soon), needless to say it was our most successful year yet.
So, what does 2019 look like?? Well we’ve already got a pretty full schedule although we don’t kick off our lives until mid Feb. We’ve already bounced around ideas for new songs to add to our set and if you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to let us know. We’re also exploring doing some original material which you may hear live.
I’ve saved the most anticipated thing til last and yes I can confirm Darrin has a new hat!
The past couple of months haven’t been our busiest gig wise but we’ve all been working hard to squeeze in gigs and practices around our holidays and work commitments. Even with the lack of practices we’ve still managed to additive new songs to our setlist so if you haven’t seen us for a couple of months, get yourselves down to our next gig. We have however had a couple of real highlights in the past couple of months, the first was a charity gig we played in aid of the Dorothy House Hospice care. This was such an amazing event to be part of, we we’re approached by Sam (one of the organisers) to play this event and after he explained what it was in aid of and why we couldn’t wait to get involved. It was a really successful evening raising £3,300 for Dorothy House Hospice Care, We’ve already agreed to get involved with next years event and are hoping to make it bigger and better. The second highlight was inviting a special young lad to one of our practices. Kenz is always wanting to see us play but due to us mainly gigging in pubs he’s never allowed in the venues to watch us play. Kenz’s mum happened to mention to us that he loves watching us but can rarely come to our gigs so we decided to send him a video message as we were setting up at a gig, inviting him to come and spend an evening with us in the studio. It took a few weeks to organise but we finally got a date that worked and Kenz spent the whole evening with us, watching us practice, looking around our kit and even getting one or two requests played. It was great to see him so happy and we look forward to seeing him at our next daytime event. We’re pretty busy up until Christmas now with a mix of public gigs and private functions so keep your eyes on the website and social media for where we are.
See below for a selection of our current set. We are always working on new songs and always try to accommodate any requests. We can also do a selection of acoustic songs should the occasion call for it.
|20th Century Boy: T-Rex||Long Train Running: Doobie Bros|
|Are You Gonna Be My Girl?: Jet||Love Me Again: John Newman|
|Are You Gonna Go My Way?: Lenny Kravitz||Mr. Brightside: The Killers|
|Basket Case: Green Day||Naïve: The Kooks|
|Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor: Arctic Monkeys||New Shoes: Paolo Nutini|
|Billie Jean: Michael Jackson||Place Your Hands: Reef|
|Brown Eyed Girl: Van Morrison||Play That Funky Music: Wild Cherry|
|Come Together: The Beatles||Radioactive: Imagine Dragons|
|Dakota: Stereophonics||Saturday Nights Alright: Elton John|
|Dani California: Red Hot Chili Peppers||Sex On Fire: Kings Of Leon|
|Don’t You Worry Child: Swedish House Mafia||Song 2: Blur|
|Don’t Look Back Into The Sun: The Libertines||Superstition: Stevie Wonder|
|Fortunate Son: Creedence Clearwater Revival||Sweet Home Alabama: Lynyrd Skynyrd|
|Get Lucky: Daft Punk||Tequila: The Champs|
|Hard To Handle: Black Crows||Times Like These: Foo Fighters|
|Hey Joe: Jimi Hendrix||Too Many Sandwiches: Stereophonics|
|Highway To Hell: AC/DC||Twist & Shout: The Beatles|
|I Can’t Feel My Face: The Weeknd||Underdog: Kasabian|
|I’ll Be There For You: The Rembrandts||Walk This Way: Aerosmith|
|I’m Yours: Jason Mraz||Word Up: Gunn|
|Lightening Bolt: Jake Bugg||You Sexy Thing: Hot Chocolate|
|Live & Let Die: Guns n Roses||Zombie: Jamie T|
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27th January – The Dolphin (Oldland Common, BS30 9TE)
3rd February – The Brit Bar (WsM, BS23 1HP)
24th February – The Holly Hedge Grand Ball (Mercure Grand Hotel, BS1 2EL) – Tickets Available
24th March – The Fire Engine (Redfield, BS5 9HX)
Supporting the Antarctic Monkeys
Guests of Daz
The Reckless Engineer – 3rd December 2016
The Whitchurch – 10th December 2016
The Fire Engine – 17th December 2016
Jet Pack Jesus are rocking at the Reckless Engineer
In conjunction with Hoggans Promotions
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In conjunction with Hoggans Promotions