This irrepressible six-piece has a back catalogue of thirteen independent albums and whilst JUMP has worked and toured with many of the biggest names in progressive rock, the band defies easy categorisation. It would be fair to say that JUMP fuse many musical elements to create a unique chemistry that is delivered in a hugely entertaining presentation, fronted by master storyteller John Dexter Jones. A short biography of a band with a near 30-year history is impossible but tour supports and appearances with artists such Marillion, Fish, Midge Ure, IQ, Pallas, Spocks Beard, Rick Wakeman, Steeleye Span etc etc gives some indication of the esteem in which this independent troupe is held.
Reviewing the band’s recent appearance at Resonate Festival at the O2 in Islington, PROG Magazine reported that…“According to frontman John Dexter Jones, openers JUMP are no more a Prog band than a cat. However, they unfailingly know how to work a crowd. Animate, articulate and amusing, the Bangor bard leads the folk-rock infused stalwarts through a roistering set that includes new numbers: the nostalgic, wistful Heroes We’d Be and the full-on rant Breaking Point.”
Whilst of the same show, The Progressive Aspect said…“A cracking start with Jump leaving the audience rocking on their heels – no prisoners were to be taken. Jump have been around for 25 years plus, but you wouldn’t know it from the exuberance of their delivery; slick, professional, and John Dexter Jones is entertaining in every aspect you want from a front man. Songs of this and that, from those areas that only progressive music ever seems to touch. I loved the set, and I hope that my first experience of Jump is not my last.”
With special guests
The Room are a melodic rock band from the Southeast of the UK. The six band members bring together a broad range of musical influences which has helped form The Room’s distinctive style. Smart songs with great melodies are the essence of the band’s sound. Formed by Andy Rowe (Bass) and ex Grey Lady Down singer Martin Wilson in 2010 the band recruited ex GLD guitarist Steve Anderson, Andrew Rae (drums) and Steve Checkley (Keys). The band started writing their first album over the winter 2011, recording it at Platform Studios in the summer of 2012. Melodic Revolution Records signed The Room on an album deal and Open Fire was released in Dec 2012.
March 2014 saw the arrival of new drummer Chris York. The band signed a deal for album two with UK label Bad Elephant Music in 2015 and the album, Beyond The Gates of Bedlam was released in November 2015 to further critical acclaim..
Nominated in the Best New Band category at the 2016 Classic Rock Society awards The Room always deliver an outstanding show.
Following a series of highly successful supports for Inglorious, Focus, Lifesigns and Soft Machine, a busy festival season and some headline shows, The Room filmed their final show of 2016 at The Robin 2 for release on DVD in 2017.
2017 was all about writing for the new album although the band did play a number of festivals and shows trying out some of the new material. In February 2018 The Room announced album 3 was to be released in November 18 and it would be recorded with legendary producer John Mitchell at the controls. 2018 also saw the departure of Steve Checkley to be replaced by Mark Dixon (who left the following year). The line up was strengthened with the introduction of guitarist Eric Bouillette with both new members appearing on the 3rd album.
In November 2018 the band signed a two year recording contract with White Star Records and released their third studio album, “Caught By The Machine” in February of 2019. A series of Summer festivals was followed by an Autumn tour of the UK promoting the album.
2020 sees the band scheduled to play a number of festivals and shows with ex GLD keys player Piers de Lavison guesting.