Where on earth do I start talking about this journey? a journey that has led me to write all the songs which have become standards in my LIVE set. ‘Fire In The Rain’, ‘Hit The Floor’, ‘Somebody’s Somebody’, ‘The Way She Is’, ‘The Walker’, ‘Looking Back’, ‘Boredom Drug’ AND ‘Pay Your Dues’. Some took minutes while others didn’t come so easily.
I’m not a typical musician these days; I don’t smoke, I don’t drink (sometimes for a year at a time), I like wearing a suit AND having the occasional skinhead. I HAVE VERY LEFT-WING AND RIGHT-WING VIEWS. I hate the typical musician’s conformity to a certain lifestyle & certainly don’t want musicians as company FOR THE MOST PART!
The terms ‘punk’ & ‘alternative’ grate against me & have presented me with the most small-minded people I’ve ever met. Unfortunately these are the terms I am also associated with as an artist. I have to say I love punk, I absolutely love it! Just don’t box me in!
I’ve roughed it, I’ve lived a minimal life like a gypsy at times, I’ve learnt to be resourceful. The older I get the more I realise how much of the genuine article I apparently/seemingly am/have been in an industry built on fakery, insincerity tweaked embellished biographies & lies. compared to my pears who build aI’ve never took the time to analyse it all until I started building this site. We all have a story & we could all write a book. This year I’m 40 years old & it’s time to tell my story & it is a story worth telling.
WHILE I WRITE THIS I HAVE STOPPED PLAYING GIGS, STOPPED CHASING MUSIC VENUES, STOPPED HAVING PHOTOSHOOTS. ALL I’M DOING IS GATHERING AND ARCHIVING 27 YEARS OF MUSICAL ACTIVITY FOR THIS WEBSITE WITH THE INTENTION OF NOLOGER HAVING TO JUSTIFY MYSELF TO ANYONE AGAIN.
Sam Jones & Jim Marshall Buckley, Wales 1993
Mick Jagger’s microphone stand
Becoming a Solo Artist 1998
After making the decision to become a solo artist in 1998 Sam Jones singer, songwriter & guitarist has written, recorded & performed almost constantly for the last decade. He played his debut solo gig as Sam Jones near to his hometown in Chester at Telfords Warehouse, a place that became Synonymous with testing the waters for a while. The set for the evening included the songs Did I Tell You? & Secret. Most remembered for founding Goth-garage outfit The Artists Rifles with whom it’s various line-ups has enabled Sam Jones to showcase his songs both as live performances & in the studio as a band or even ‘as though a band’ sometimes resorting to playing drums or bass himself on early drafts of songs.
Sam Jones & The Artists Rifles: 1999-2001 (age 19-21)
So who were SJ&TAR? Well there’s 2 albums ‘Shoot To Kill’ & ‘Cowboy Wicca’ both compiled from lose recording sessions which took place 1998-2000 the latter being an outtakes album from those tracks left over from the cherry picked tracks of the debut ‘official’ album including some acoustic demos & alternative mixes of tracks from ‘Shoot To Kill’. Sam Jones supplies the lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars. He also appears on bass guitar, drums & backing vocals on many of the recordings. Most of the tracks on both albums were recorded using tape (analogue). A mini-disc ‘Shoot To Kill’ spawned a CD single & 2 promo videos both directed by, edited by & featuring Sam Jones. Like most the bands which came later also fronted by Sam Jones they were somewhere between a solo project & a band, the difference with this one was that at most this umbrella was giving the image or impression of a band outfit as reflected in the name. It’s origins as a live band are rather vague & murky as to when they used the name for the first time & there were several over-lapping members & understudies. A consistent line up formed by accident in 2000 to play one show then reformed for another gig in 2001 then again for a string of gigs / mini-tour that summer. The band played their last show under this title at The Limelight Club in Crewe, a mutual decision among band members to shorten the name & continue as a The Artists Rifles, a title which would out live the band into several completely new line ups bar their front man each time he relocated. There was of course some promotional pictures from 2 shoots, the first of Sam Jones which spawned the cover of the CD single & album & the second of the band. Live audio exists from their first concert at The Limelight Club & was issued as a DIY live album.
THE SCARBOROUGH YEARS 2000-2003 (AGE 20-23)
In 2002 a new short-lived 4-piece version of The Artists Rifles emerged with a second guitarist Simon James. Sam Jones didn’t play a single performance this year but spent most of the year recording demos of the likes of Fire In The Rain, The Way She Is & Baby Doll which was the only track to feature the guitar playing of Simon James. Also this year a track titled Dark Arches was recorded & featured a violin & viola section which was arranged by Sam Jones. In 2003 The Artists Rifles go through various drummers while Sam Jones himself took the drum stool in the studio for the early part of this year recording songs such as Aspect Of Love & Ghost Of Eve before recruiting then drummer with Stoner Critics, Gordon Francis from Oxford who stuck around on-loan until early 2004 & recorded the demos of I’m Down When She’s Down & Boredom Drug at Sunshine Studio, Scarborough. He also played several gigs including The Pickwick & Murray’s Music Bar, Scarborough.
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD 2003-2004 (AGE 23-24)
After 3 years of living in Scarborough he left in 2003 followed by a breif stint in Hemel Hempstead before making the move to London & the Scarborough line-up of The Artists Rifles played what would be their last show at The horn, St. Albans in early 2004. Sam Jones plyed his first London gig at Notting Hill’s Blagclub before a new Brighton based line-up of The Artists Rifles was formed later in the year to re-record cherry-picked demos that where originally recorded in Scarborough.
THE LONDON YEARS: 2004 – 2016 (AGE 24-36)
MONKISH 2005-2006 (AGE 25-26)
POLAND 2007 (age 27)
In early 2007 the new track Nightgirl was recorded at Audio Underground, Stoke Newington & Produced by Malcolm Joseph. The track featured Antonio Sanchez on Drums (then 16 years old) & Malcolm Joseph on bass. Armed with a short-run of copies of the track specially pressed on CD & featuring a photo on it’s sleeve by Fulvio Pietro Naselli Sam Jones set out to tour Poland cancelling the tour after just 1 gig in Poznan due to a serious case of food poisoning which left him bed-bound & unable to continue in Krakow. All was not lost though (choosing not to fly) meeting & befriending people on the way such as actress Sarah Pratt on-route in Paris (she had starred in French cult films such as Brief Crossing). Songs like Nightgirl where recorded with both electric & acoustic guitars so they could later be played live either way, this was the first time this was attempted & was later repeated with Pay Your Dues. The same year a charity gig supporting Robert Plant at the Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle was booked. The gig was later cancelled after only 13 tickets were sold! It didn’t help that Robert Plant was billed as Curtis Little & The Receivers instead of using his real name.
Charlie & The Truckers: 2007-2008 (age 27-28)
Line up: Charlie Harper – lead & backing vocal, harmonica Sam Jones – guitar, backing vocal Paul Slack – bass, backing vocal Persian John – drums Craig Stratton – violin Fortunately on his return & after chasing up a fate meeting with Charlie Harper of UK Subs which happened on a tube train to Leicester Square, London in Summer of 2006 in 2007 Sam Jones ended up playing a session on Slide guitar (& backing vocals) for a project titled Charlie & The Truckers on a cover of the Hank Williams classic Move It On Over which will hopefully see the light of day in the coming years. The track was recorded at Studio Bullitt in Cranbrook near Tunbridge Wells, Kent owned by PJ original drummer with the Anti-Nowhere League who also played drums on & produced the track, original UK Subs bassist Paul Slack was also there to fill in on bass. Paul Slack & Charlie Harper hadn’t played together in 30 years & Sam Jones was there to whiteness it all which sparked-off the UK Subs original line-up reunion shows later that year. A Fiddle was later added to the track by Craig Stratton a classical violinist who’s CV includes playing on the Julian Cope album World Shut Your Mouth. Sam Jones was christened Sam Foden for the band by Charlie Harper. Sam Jones continued to work with PJ & the pair co-wrote a track intended for ‘The Truckers’ project with the working title Catch, Catch, Catch The Train only a very rough demo was made to a drum machine before it was passed on to the other band members. He also helped out on a few of PJ’s sessions ironically on a track written by PJ called Charlie. This working relationship also resulted in a new Sam Jones track called Pay Your Dues which PJ played bass on & Tony Piper from Vice Squad played drums. The track was finally completed at Audio Underground, Stoke Newington & Produced by Malcolm Joseph. Later in the year Sam Jones was re-united with Antonio Sanchez to record a new version of Runaway Wild featuring a snare drum & recorded by Oliver Cox in Stoke Newington.
FILM EXTRAS 2005 – 2009 (AGE 25-29)
GUITAR LESSONS (2005 – PRESENT)
Solo Performances in Europe
Solo-acoustic period 2004 – 2013
Solo-electric period 2014 – 2018
France & Belgium shows: 2014
The Kinky Beats: Belgium & Scotland 2014
Belgium shows with Belinda De Bruyn & Philippe De Brabanter: 2015
Sam Jones BAND 2015 (AGE 35)
Sam Jones at 12 Bar Club, London 2015 (by Joanna Reich)
Sam Jones self-portrait, London 2015 (processed by Joanna Reich) For me 2016 took on a massive shift which I’m still feeling the effects of to this day. In fact I’ve got such clear memories of the past 3 years & so much has happened I wanted to start writing this as a new section. I’d had a couple of months of instability I moved into a bnb just minutes from Camden Town. I had my own room with a TV, clean towels & bed sheets whenever I needed them, a washing machine & shared kitchen. I’d spent a couple of nights there when I had nowhere else to go. it was colourful place with a continental feel ran by Italians. It turned out they did long-stays so I jumped at the chance to sign a contract. I was able to get help with paying the rent. Wherever I was living or staying I’d always get my yoga teacher to come & visit. It wouldn’t matter if it was a crummy hotel room or a place I was renting. This place was no exception & I made use of Hampstead Heath on my doorstep where I could get off the pavement & run up & down the steep hills & look above the city from the edge.
Jennifer Batten support slot poster, Hard Rock Pub Pamela, Torun (Poland) april 2016
MOVE TO POLAND: DECEMBER 2016 – DECEMBER 2018 (AGE 36 – 38)
A BRITISH BOY IN POLAND
WEEKEND SOLO GIGS IN POLAND
ACOUSTIC SHOW / RESTURANT RESIDENTCY
THE STORY OF ANGRY TOWN 2017-2018: (age 37-38)
LEAD VOCAL, GUITAR
BASS, BACKING VOCAL
MATEUSZ LISZEWSKI, ADAM MAJEWSKI, ŁUKASZ PANFILAK, ADAM KAMIŃSKI
BART JOSH ZIEL, GED LYNN, JAKUB ZADORECKI
So who were and who are Angry Town? Well the bands original origins come from the most unlikely of places; a small town, practically a crossroad in Poland.
Angry Town for me was a chance for me to combine all of my outfits which came before it
LIVE IN POLAND (CAMOUFLAGE RECORDS 2018) SAM JONES & GED LYNN FORMATION AND LIVERPOOL ASSOCIATION REGULAR TRIPS TO LONDON
“Angry Town are by far the best & most well-rehearsed live band I’ve ever played in, performing slightly improved versions of some of my old songs that have been with me for years & adding bass & drums to some newer material I’d being playing solo around Europe prior to forming the band. Jakub Zadorecki has played drums on all of Angry Town’s recordings & at all of our gigs to date with Adam Majewski being the most recent bassist & backing vocalist. The Berlin Lights was by far the most creative studio project spawning many songs, I plan to finish a few which have been left in the can & will ultimately end up in the Angry Town set” Sam Jones (for Punked e-zine)
European/UK tour 2017 (age 37) First trip back to UK Mini-tour of Belgium
The Walker, When The Howling Wind Comes Back, Famous Last Words, Vinyl Klub, Ostrów Mazowiecka PL, Filmed by Telewizja aMazing Ostrów Mazowiecka
Hell’s Bank Note – WWKs ‘Our Favourite Shop Sessions’, Liverpool UK
The Walker – WWKs ‘Our Favourite Shop Sessions’, Liverpool UK
Hit The Floor – WWKs ‘Our Favourite Shop Sessions’, Liverpool UK
When The Howling Wind Comes Back WWKs ‘Our Favourite Shop Sessions’, Liverpool UK
Boredom Drug, Woman Gone, These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ Mustang Live Music Club, Poznań PL
Hit The Floor Radio Sfera UMK, Toruń PL
Fire In The Rain, Somebody’s Somebody, Famous Last Words Klub Muzyczny “Jedyna”, Ciechocinek PL
Walking In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death (featuring Zoe and Zara) Artliners, Berlin DE
Hit The Floor (featuring Mark Donaldson) The Elephants Head, London UK
Fire In The Rain – Sherlock’s Pub, Ostrava CZ