Paul Ford (The James Cleaver Quintet)
Paul drums for South-coast Brit punks, The James Cleaver Quintet and they’re ready to burst the flood gates of British alt-punk. The music The JCQ plays isn’t pretty, nor does it give much away. Their jagged riffs and unpredictability that laces their 2010 debut EP, “10 Stages Of A Make Up” and 2012 debut album “That Was Then, This Is Now” has all the elements to fulfil anyone’s ADD requirements. They serve up a blend of caustic punk rock, the kind that will set alight a diluted scene of haircuts into something more genuine.
The JCQ live show has stunned and perplexed audiences across the length and breadth of the UK. From death-defying speaker climbs to catching bass guitars with their face, each show brings volatility wrapped in warm un-predictability all driven by a flare of energy that Paul brings to the grooves.
‘That Was Then, This Is Now’ is an album dedicated to themselves and the struggles they’ve lived with for the past few years. It’s a record of optimism and one they want to share with the whole world. The past few years the five-piece have seen and experienced things that people in a 40-year career in music will never deal with and the motto for the record is to ‘Never Give Up’. The band are way off from giving up, they’re here for the long run and they’ll explode in 2013 with another record that’s so unique in its sound and delivery that it will cause waves around this world a few times over!
The James Cleaver Quintet have only just begun what is going to be a rollercoaster ride. More manic shows, more broken guitars, more broken noses and plenty of miles on the road will mould the band into one of the most exciting bands the UK has to offer.