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Jump The Underground: Back with a Bang

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Jump the Underground - back with a bang

After 15 years away, but still very much part of the Newport music scene, it was a momentous occasion last year when locally based favourites Jump The Underground announced a reunion show. The band, which self-imploded in 2008, left fans wondering if this was a one-off event or a permanent comeback. At the time, even the band members themselves weren’t sure of the answer.

The Triumphant Return

Following two unsuccessful attempts beyond their control, Jump The Underground finally returned with a triumphant show at The Corn Exchange in March. The performance felt like a pivotal moment for both the band and the local music scene. Lead singer Antony proclaimed, “We’re back,” much to the delight of their fans.

 

New Material After 16 Years

With the announcement of their first new material in 16 years, set to be released this Friday, fans are eager to hear how Jump The Underground sounds in 2024. Their new single, “Six Digit Figure,” is described by guitarist Antony Partridge as “Our Statement Of Intent.” He adds, “We wanted a hard-hitting post-punk sounding first single back.” From the moment the driving drums and bass begin, followed by Antony Smith’s distinct vocals and the slightly more melodic chorus, it’s clear that the band sounds as fresh as they did in 2006 when they first burst onto the scene.

A Fresh Yet Familiar Sound

The song is produced by the band and mixed and mastered by Romesh Dodangoda, a two-time Grammy nominee and Mercury nominee. Dodangoda, who has worked with big names like Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend, Twin Atlantic, Nova Twins, and Kids In Glass Houses, brings out the rockier sound of the band in the production. However, the song doesn’t stray too far from the band’s previous incarnation, keeping diehard fans satisfied.

 

Thematic Depth and Visual Impact

Thematically, Jump The Underground likes to leave their music open to listener interpretation. When speaking on The Indie Show recently, the band suggested that “Six Digit Figure” is a commentary on the subversion of male masculinity. This theme is evident in the striking cover of the single, which features two male ballet dancers. This juxtaposition of punk sound and sophisticated imagery perfectly encapsulates the band’s style.

Looking Ahead

After such a long hiatus and with nostalgia being very much in vogue, it’s great to see Jump The Underground not resting on their laurels. Instead, they’re pushing forward with their new release. The newer material is reportedly more melodic, and if “Six Digit Figure” is a sign of things to come, fans have every reason to be excited about the future of Jump The Underground.

“Six Digit Figure” is available on all streaming services from Friday, 21st June.

Band Members

  • Antony Smith – Lead Vocal/Guitar
  • Antony Partridge – Guitar
  • James Wood – Bass Guitar
  • Phillip Edwards – Drums

Listen to the Indie Show interview here
Catch it on Mixcloud

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Written by Stephen Howell

Written by: Ian.Lamsdale

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