JUMP have been treading rock’s boards for quite a while now. Formed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1990, this six-piece troupe began life under the wing of the legendary promoter Ron Watts and then flew The Nags Head nest to establish themselves as Wycombe’s most successful export since Howard Jones.
JUMP have worked with a host of UK progressive rock acts, having toured with Fish, opened more than once for Marillion (been produced by Mark Kelly) and enjoyed outings with far, far too many prog names to mention. Interestingly, the band’s journey through the ‘are-they-aren’t-they-prog’ hinterland, has also seen them work with many artists that might be considered somewhat outside the genre. From The Blockheads to Midge Ure via Sam Brown and The Spin Doctors, JUMP’s 27 year career is focussed far more on developing whatever songs enter their collective head than it is conforming to the convenience of a particular stereotype.
Having recorded 13 studio albums and performed well in excess of 1000 shows, the JUMP journey continues with the same excitement and commitment that characterised the band’s launch in 1990.
2018 will see JUMP deliver a new album and participate in another round of interesting and doubtless entertaining live appearances. No two JUMP shows are ever the same…
I Am The Manic Whale are unashamedly a progressive rock band. The band is inspired by many of the great progressive artists, particularly Genesis, Big Big Train, Spock’s Beard and Neal Morse but hopefully is also able to bring something new to the table. Their songs are written about a range of unusual and interesting subjects, from the decay of a derelict swimming pool to the mobile artistic and engineering creations of Dutch artist Theo Jansen, which he calls Strandbeests.