Before looking forward, a brief look back to the sad news of Janice Long’s death on Christmas Day. Ever a champion of new music, she had been very generous in inviting Jody and the Jerms on to BBC Radio Wales. Our end-of-year session for her show was presented by the always-excellent Adam Walton instead, and he’ll be involved in a special tribute to her on BBC Radio 2 tonight (23 January), simulcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Last night Adam unveiled the “official” radio debut of our upcoming single, “Heavenly”, which will be out in February. It’s the first of a new batch of songs from our second album, Flicker, which we’ve been getting finished over the last couple of weeks.
With lockdown rules eased it has been easier to work more collaboratively this time round, which (I think!) has really benefitted our sound. Here’s Pete trying to get exactly the right tone from his guitar at Studio 91 in Berkshire. Maybe he needs more pedals?
Following the release of Flicker we’re looking forward to playing the IPO festival in Liverpool in May, when we’ll get to play at the Cavern Club, which is a bit of a bucket-list item for me. Then in June we’re planning a little tour to get us out and about. We’ll be putting dates and ticket links up on the Jody and the Jerms live page as things get firmed up. After that, maybe a couple of gigs in Spain later in the year… Maybe.
Writing-wise I’ve been plugging away at a few fiction ideas. My new year’s resolution is to pick one idea and finish it – rather than simultaneously not-finishing lots of different things. Let’s see if that resolution holds.