Jay talks about ‘X – Love Death Sorrow’

Jay Aston has been interviewed by The New Wave Music Podcast for their Season 5, Episode 80 show, released yesterday (5th February). Here the discussion revolves around Gene Loves Jezebel’s new album ‘X – Love Death Sorrow’ and in particular Jay’s songwriting for this. With excerpts of the songs discussed, the interview is informative and acknowledges the popularity of this album in the bands repertoire, whilst bringing in many aspects of the bands career.

You can find the show on Spotify here and Apple Podcasts here.

The podcast channel has interviewed both Jay and James Stevenson previously, episodes 23 and 22 respectively, in their Season 2 shows in the summer of 2022. They celebrate many other New Wave artists so, if interested, connect with them through their podcasts and social media listed on their web page here.

One-off solo gig for Jay Aston

Jay will be performing at The Rec Rooms in Horsham, West Sussex on 15th September.

Support will come from The Absolute Loves, a band that features an early member of Gene Loves Jezebel, Stephen Marshall. Stephen played bass on the first album, Promise.

Incidentally, The Absolute Loves once featured GLJ fan Simon ‘Pooh’ Burgess on guitar, who sadly died in 2018.

Tickets are £10 (plus an additional ‘fee’ of £1.16). This event will be backed by a ‘National Lottery Revive Live Campaign’ and so by purchasing any full price ticket you will qualify for an additional ticket for free.

New interview with Jay Aston

Jay recounts a plethora of childhood influences, formative experiences and the history revolving around Gene Loves Jezebel in this enlightening new interview with Rob Lane at the ‘Straight To Video’ podcast (click for link). Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify amongst other outlets.

Straight To Video produce several musical based interview podcasts per month. You may like to check out their episode with James Stevenson (Episode 91, dated 25 May 2021) and the bands recent drummer Smiley (Episode 109, dated 27 July 2021).

Further solo shows added for Jay Aston

Jay has four further solo appearances this month. He will be the opening act for Dead Men Walking on dates to celebrate the release, on Friday 5 November, of their new studio album, Freedom – It Ain’t On The Rise.

Dead Men Walking are made up of Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate/Spear of Destiny together with Segs Jennings and Dave Ruffy of The Ruts, and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers. They perform versions of their own repertoire alongside classic covers and songs from their new album.

Tickets for the shows are available through the links on the Dead Men Walking website here.

Jay Aston Arnside appearances

In November Jay will be doing two intimate shows at Arnside in the Lake District. They are being put on by Moochin’ About, the purveyors of jazz who have a Jazz & Blues café in the town, and these shows will be held at the Arnside Sailing Club on The Promenade.

On Thursday 18th November the first evening will comprise a Q&A with Jay, hosted by John Robb, and followed by a short set. On Friday 19th, Jay will perform a full set.

These performances will be dedicated to the remembrance of Jo McLaughlin, who sadly died young and suddenly earlier this year.

Both nights will be limited to 30 tickets per evening due to social distancing. You can get tickets and further details from Moochin’ About’s Bandcamp page here.

Jay Aston support gigs

Jay has four support slots over the next few days. He plays support to GFischer Z for two nights, Spear of Destiny on a third, and then Mark Burgess for a fourth. See our Shows page for upcoming gigs.

Jay contributes to ReMission International

TOS2020 cover

Released today and available for immediate download is TOS2020, Wayne Hussey and The Mission’s remake of their classic Tower of Strength. Dedicated to front-line workers dealing with Covid-19 with all proceeds going to various charities, the song features various friends of the band who were invited to participate. Along with Jay, the song features a host of artists – Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller, and also Michael Aston – all independently contributing to the project. There are various mixes of the song available for download, CD or vinyl, along with t-shirts.

Find out more and order from The Mission’s website.