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).
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.
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.
Jay Aston will be interviewed on the It’s All About New Wave podcast tomorrow, Friday 16th July. The show is hosted in the Philippines by Monty Mendigoria. This weekly podcast on Facebook has featured a range of 80s and New Wave musicians. Watch the show with Jay live at 1pm UK time, 8pm Manila time, or catch up later, via the It’s All About New Wave Facebook page.
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.
Having just completed The Alarm’s Sigma Tour with Gene Loves Jezebel, Jay will be performing solo on a new tour of north America this Fall, starting off in Toronto on 11 October. He is supporting Chameleons Vox and Theatre of Hate.
Jay has once again collaborated with Jean-Marc Lederman – previously appearing on Lederman’s album The Last Broadcast On Earth in 2015 – this time reciting the Dylan Thomas poem, I Fellowed Sleep, for the new Jean-Marc Lederman Experience album, 13 Ghost Stories. Also appearing on the album is Julianne Regan reading her story, Triskaidekaphobia. Please note that both Jay and Julianne’s contributions are only available on the 23-track Deluxe Edition. 13 Ghost Stories is available from 1st March.