Gig Of The Week: Saint Jude
WHO: Saint Jude
WHERE: Manchester Academy 3
WHEN: Thursday, December 15
It’s been a dynamic and fruitful year for Saint Jude. Nominated in the Best New Band category at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, they now have Thunder vocalist Danny Bowes managing them, and also have major business backing on the live front as well.
“It’s been such a boost having this new team involved,” says vocalist Lynne Jackaman. “This has taken a lot of pressure off me. I can solely concentrate on singing and the music side. I know they’ll take care of the rest.
“Danny is not only a really good manager (he’s been looking after Thunder’s business side for years), but I know I can talk to him about the vocal side of things as well, and get good advice.”
Saint Jude – Jackaman, guitarists Marcus Bonfante and Ivor Sims, bassist Scott Wiber and drummer Lee Cook – are currently busy writing songs for their second album.
“We want to have about 40 ready to choose from, and we’re writing with lots of different people. To be honest, I don’t know when we’ll be ready to record. It’s a case right now of how long is a piece of string. The important thing is the quality of what we have available. But I think March sounds about the right time.”
The band end the year with three other UK shows in December:
Fri. 16: Glasgow ABC
Sun. 18: Birmingham Academy 2
Mon. 19: London Scala
As for the live set we can expect from the fast-rising band:
“It will be based around the current album Diary Of A Soul Fiend. We are picking up new fans all the time, and they haven’t heard those songs as yet. Besides when we asked our fans online what they wanted to hear, they said we should stick to the album as well.
“We might also try one or two newish things as we did in the summer (when, among other dates, Saint Jude played a rousing set at the High Voltage Festival). But as for any of the new material, right now we’re not sure. But I am so looking forward to getting onstage again. I’ve got my herbs to make sure my voice is OK, so let’s go!”
Find out more at www.saintjudemusic.com, where you can download an acoustic version of Garden Of Eden for free.