Monday, 7 May 2012
Harsh.TV Hotspot Features - Jerzey Street Band
Dave Wrobel wears his influences on his sleeve next to his heart. The dream was to create ‘the sound of Americana’ but far away from those old colonial shores. Described as ‘Freight Train Rock’ or ‘West Coast meets UK Rock’, Dave’s love of Country, Blues, Folk, and Rock & Roll soon drew other like minded musicians to him and fuelled the birth of Alternative Freight Train Rockers Jerzey Street Band. Influences include Counting Crows, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.
The story began in 2006 when college friends Dave Wrobel and drummer Mike Weaver met with Dave’s brother Neil, a guitarist looking to make his mark on the scene, and started rehearsing on Jerzey Street in Manchester. They tried, tested and played shows with a number of musicians until eventually landing guitarist Roger Crombie, Steve Priest on keys and piano, pedal steel player ‘Country’ Keith Ashworth and bass player Rhys Thomas.
A run of credible supports and high profile gigs have played a large roll from the beginning; Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Alabama 3, Sandi Thom and Jon Allen have proved as a springboard to public acclaim and a key component in completing the apprenticeship. They had found their sound which some have described as ‘a searching soundscape of Eagles, Skynyrd, Springsteen and very Dylanesque with a hint of Van Morrison and the Rolling Stones. Students and local radio were charmed, drawn into this web of explosive aural delight. The fuse was lit. The touch paper smouldering.
Invitations to play London’s Pub Rock Scene followed spawning an EP, single and a studio album ‘Breaking Radio Silence’.
With national radio plugging and pending publishing deals, people who ‘know’ are predicting big things for the Jerzeys.
Get on the Freight Train and Rock.