Biography / Info
Formed in Stirling, Scotland, four-piece indie-funk-dance troupe Jack Butler introduced the UK to their unique blend of styles with the release of debut e.p How's This For Leverage? in 2005, which quickly won them rave reviews from the likes of The Daily Record and Rock Sound magazine whose editor hailed them ‘The missing link between Minus The Bear and Arctic Monkeys’.
The band's hard work and dedication led to them to winning BBC Radio 1's Demo Derby in April 2006. As finalists in the annual T Break competition, Jack Butler were awarded an appearance at Scotland's biggest music festival T in the Park in July '06, all this providing a fine build up to their debut single Velvet Prose following their signing to Edinburgh's Whimsical Records. The 3 track cd/download, released in September, not only received glowing comments from webzines including Drowned in Sound, who proclaimed that, 'any one of these three songs could have been a single in its own right. For a debut release, it doesn't get much better than that', but was also play-listed by XFM London, resulting in a top 30 indie chart placing.
In Spring 2007 the band headed back into the studio to record the follow up single Boy VS Beast, released in August '07. It featured on the prestigious website Record Of The Day and was given a 5 star review by several critics including allgigs.co.uk’s Matt Clutton who declared it to be 'a beautifully harmonious riot'. Also this year, their track W.Fire was licensed to award winning U.S indie film Pinko's Place.
As Jack Butler's reputation as live performers continued to grow, they secured support slots with the likes of Glasvegas, The Wombats, Florence and the Machine and Hot Club de Paris whilst expanding their fan-base via festival slots at Go North, Connect, Rockness and Belladrum. Meanwhile, their label and publishing deal with Whimsical continued, yielding enough material for a debut album, recorded at Glasgow's La Chunky studios, and mixed/mastered by Mark Freegard (Manic Street Preachers, Pete Townsend, The Breeders). The 13 track set - Fit The Paradigm - was released on November 23rd 2009, preceded by the singles Are You a Hustler?, Hit It Out The Park, Son (which was licensed to the 2010 computer game All Points Bulletin and featured on Sky TV’s Soccer AM), and Surgery 1984. The band performed sessions for BBC Radio 1, XFM and Northsound Radio.
During their 5 years together, Jack Butler have demonstrated a dynamism, and a refreshing quality that has been lost amongst the plethora of new music over recent times. These inspirational sounds are ground breaking in nature, feeling almost experimental in form and ticking all the boxes with everything from synthesised siren quality rhythm guitars to charged Talking Heads-like vocals.
Jack Butler are currently writing songs for their second album.