Smiley’s podcast featuring James Stevenson

Smiley, Gene Loves Jezebel’s latest drummer, has a new podcast. Entitled ‘Clang – The Podcast’, it is named after his auto-biography. The latest guest is the band’s guitarist, James Stevenson. Smiley and James are bandmates, not only in Gene Loves Jezebel, but also in The Alarm, and Holy Holy.

Check it out here:

North American tour postponed

Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel have announced the unfortunate postponement of the North American tour, which was due to kick off on 1st May and apologise to all fans anticipating it. All acts were greatly looking forward to getting out on the road and meeting North American fans to celebrate music and the MTV years. Unfortunately Mike Peters of headline act The Alarm has to undergo some urgent treatment to combat Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. At such a late stage, with the tour imminent, there were no options for promoters but to put the tour on hold. Health comes first and the band’s thoughts are with Mike Peters and his family with the hope for a speedy recovery.

Mike Peters’ statement released 29th April is as follows:

Meet and Greet on the US tour

The band have added the opportunity to meet and hang out prior to shows on the forthcoming tour of the USA. The ‘Live Today Love Tomorrow MMXXIV’ tour, alongside The Alarm and Belouis Some, begins on 1st May in New Orleans and will carry on into July.

The exclusive pre-shows will begin an hour before doors officially open for the main show. Visitors will be welcomed by the tour host, and be guided to a special intimate acoustic performance by the band. Visitors will meet the band and there will be a chance to ask any questions at a Q&A, where the band will talk about their experiences in music, and have a photo taken with the band. All will have a commemorative tour laminate and a special Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel tote bag. Visitors also get early access to the band’s merchandise and show.

Tickets for this are available separately from the main show tickets, and any pre-show visitor must have a valid show ticket to gain access to this special experience. See the pre-show meet and greet listings here.

USA Tour May 2024

Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel will be joining The Alarm and Belouis Some for the ‘Live Today Love Tomorrow’ tour of the USA in May. Starting off at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Wednesday 1st May and finishing at Ludlow Garage, Cincinatti on Friday 31st, this will be a celebration of the MTV years when the music TV channel established itself.

See the Shows page for full dates and Tickets links.

More dates coming soon.

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.

Bath gig update

Four days before Gene Loves Jezebel were due to play Moles in Bath, it has been officially announced that this venue will unfortunately have to close with immediate effect! The show has been saved and will now take place at the nearby Burdall’s Yard (7A Anglo Terrace, Bath BA1 5NH). All tickets for Moles are transferable and the show, with support from Dawn After Dark, will go on as planned on Saturday 9th December.

Get your tickets here!

There are no changes to the event on the Friday 8th, at Chapter 22 Roots and Records in Bath, where the band will play an acoustic set after a play through of the brand new album, Love Death Sorrow.

New album and gig dates

The new Gene Loves Jezebel studio album is due for release on 1st December. Entitled ‘Love Death Sorrow’ the album features twelve newly recorded tracks.

Supporting the release, the band are also playing some UK dates. Confirmed so far are shows at Moles in Bath on 9th December, and at The Lexington in London on the 10th. There will be support at both shows from Dawn After Dark. See our Shows page to see links for tickets or follow the BandsInTown links.

The new album, ‘Love Death Sorrow’, was recorded back in March, in Wales, and like every other GLJ album, has its own individuality – although you will hear hints of The House Of Dolls and Heavenly Bodies lurking like shadows on its wall – with a warm and cohesive production by Peter Walsh.

The opener, ‘The Man That Time Forgot’ is classic ‘gothic horror’, but where Bela Lugosi may be dead, the vampire here is very much alive. ‘Breathe Easy’ has existed for at least 21 years, yet remained unrecorded by GLJ, and now finally gets its overdue release. Those familiar with the Ugly Buggs release of 2011 will recognise four songs. The new Jezebel versions maintain a similarity although the introspective and vulnerable ‘You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore’ is embellished with a more resolute ending flourish. The album features five cover versions – by The Cure, Magazine, The Only Ones, Edwyn Collins and Marianne Faithfull – fresh takes that do justice to the well known originals whilst bringing a new resonance. Jay is in fine voice throughout while Pete, James and Smiley bring their reliable dexterity as expected.

Tracklisting is:
1. The Man That Time Forgot
2. The Light Pours Out Of Me
3. Serpent Queen
4. Broken English
5. Breathe Easy
6. A Girl Like You
7. The Foolish Young
8. In Between Days
9. Young Girl
10. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore
11. Lone Rider
12. Another Girl Another Planet

Cleopatra Records are releasing Love Death Sorrow on CD and vinyl and you can pre-order from their online shop. They are also making some past releases available, such as ‘Heavenly Bodies’ for the first time on vinyl.

New Gene Loves Jezebel album for 2023

The band are currently in a studio in the Welsh countryside to record a brand new album. As yet unnamed, it will comprise 12 tracks and, for the first time, will include some cover versions.

Producing the album for Cleopatra Records will be the stalwart producer of GLJ albums, Peter Walsh. Alongside, Jay, James and Pete will be drummer Smiley, who has appeared with the band on their recent 2022 UK tour.

We will have more details, release dates and track-listing, in due course.

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.