This website is focused on the solo activities of British singer/songwriter and guitarist SAM JONES. It also covers activities with his current Poland-based band ANGRY TOWN and acts as an archive for bands & duos he has been associated with in the past such as SAM JONES & GED LYNN, SAM JONES BAND, THE KINKY BEATS, THE BERLIN LIGHTS, CHARLIE & THE TRUCKERS (UK SUBS), MONKISH, THE ARTISTS RIFLES & CURL.
Influenced by bands such as The Jam, The Damned & Billy Idol is none other than Sam Jones. A British singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist & producer. He was born in Chester, England & grew up in North Wales. He spent 12 years living in London until 2016, forming a new Brighton-based version of The Artists Rifles (who were produced by Brian James of The Damned), played guitar in Monkish, various versions of his solo band before forming The Berlin Lights recording project. He mainly performs solo-electric travelling the length & breathes of Western/Central Europe playing some pretty impressionable one-man shows along the way. He also occasionally appears solo-acoustic.
Since 2017 he has fronted Mod-Punk band Angry Town in Poland. The name of the band refers to Gniewkowo, where the original line-up met for the first time during a solo concert of Jones. He has continued to use this name to refer to appearances with his hallmark power-trio. Achieving three self-booked, self-financed & self-promoted European tours since April 2016 with multiple mini-tours of France & Belgium. He’s even toured the Isle Of Man. His debut foreign show was in Poland at Cafe Mięsna in Poznań in 2007. He set up his own booking agency/record label Camouflage Booking / Camouflage Records & sells limited edition CDs online or after shows. A series of ‘bootleg-style’ limited edition CD live albums have been produced each with additional demo/studio bonus tracks. He’s already gained the respect of many other well-respected industry insiders like journalist John Robb when Angry Town perform their cover of The Damned’s New Rose supported his band The Membranes in Poland. He has kept a close relationship with several established musicians such as Charlie Harper with whom he has recorded a cover of the Hank Williams classic ‘Move It On Over’ in 2007 with Charlie featuring on ‘Hit The Floor’ in 2011. He also performed an acoustic set at his birthday. Ged Lynn of The Stairs has acted as Angry Town’s forth member & the two played as a duo at The Hatch Bar in Liverpool wrapping up a Sam Jones European tour in 2017. His live set runs through his original works ‘Hit The Floor’, ‘Fire In The Rain’, ‘The Walker’, ‘Women Gone’, ‘Under Glass’, ‘Looking Back’, ‘Hell’s Bank Note’, ‘When The Howling Wind Comes Back’, ‘The Way She is’, ‘If I Were A Rich Man’, ‘Runaway Wild’, ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Somebody’s Somebody’, ‘Boredom Drug’, ‘On My Way’, ‘I’m Down When She’s Down’, ‘Nightgirl’, & ‘Famous Last Words’ now staples in his set with covers of songs by the classic bands which have influenced him from the Garage & Punk genres breaking up the set. His exciting performances are delivered with an energy packed one-inch punch playing up to 2 hours. Bringing together the skills he has crafted busking on the streets & fronting his pen-named bands & studio projects. His old school equipment set up includes a well-worn guitar he’s owned since the age of fifteen & a small Vox amplifier & that’s just about it, there’s not a single effects pedal in sight! His slide guitar playing & gypsy-like travelling reputation landing him the name ‘Britain’s Young Seasick Steve’. Café gigs at Wiel’s Renard Noir in Brussels were integral in his story leading onto full European tours. Shows at L’Oasis 244 in Paris, Hard Rock Pub Pamela in Torun, Artliners in Berlin, Mustang Live Music Club in Poznan, Blues Sklep in Prague & Hard Rock Cafe in Antwerp have put him firmly on the European map! An appearance on WWk’s Our Favorate Shop Sessions for Made In Liverpool TV & interviews/live sessions on Radio R in Czech Republic, Radio Benelux in Belgium & Radio Sfera UMK in Poland (http://www.sfera.umk.pl/…/blues-rock-z-wielkiej-brytanii-r…/) are favourable milestones in his career. An ever expanding album entitled ‘Retrospective’ is on it’s 2nd edition. Compiled from studio & live recordings it now spans 2002-2017 & features tracks originally recorded under the names Sam Jones, Angry Town, The Berlin Lights & The Artists Rifles. Each limited edition CD edition features exclusive bonus tracks not available on the download album. The track listing of the album itself is gradually increasing with each issue with the intention of a double album in the future as his back catalogue is further explored. The album acts as a introduction to his songwriting with some notable contributors including Charlie Harper of UK Subs, Brian James of The Damned, PJ of Anti-Nowhere League, Malcolm Joseph of Grace Jones band, Robbie Kelman of The Dripping Lips, Richard Marcangelo of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Danny Ward of Gengahr & Tony Piper of Vice Squad. Comprehensive track by track details act as an online inlay card & are frequently updated on his official website (samjonesofficial.net/retrospectivealbum) As well as his music his unique mod/alternative hybrid sense of style caught the eye of fashion label Relco London in 2017 who have used him to model their clothes ever since & he can often be seen wearing their gear on stage & in photos. He is featured heavily on their website.
Without a doubt Sam Jones is an extraordinarily talented musician and songwriter, capable of eliciting support from both legendary punk and mainstream artists alike. Though, having trod the streets and stages of both the UK and mainland Europe for nearly three decades now, this can come as no real surprise. Indeed it is testament to his musical skills and abilities that, through a combination of diligence, luck, tenacity, hard work and total self-belief, he has managed to sustain and maintain his career when many others (like my beloved The Clash) couldn’t. Sam’s obvious love and passion for his trade of choice – nay, his life’s vocation even – and the respect he has garnered to date amongst seriously dedicated professional musicians like Malcolm Joseph (Grace Jones Band), Richard Marcangelo (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Jenifer Batten (Michael Jackson/Jeff Beck), puts him in a bit of a class of his own amongst the majority of his punk peers; and this is a man and musician who, I would happily suggest, would have been just as equally at home strutting around a stage with e.g. The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The New York Dolls, the Dead Boys, The Cramps, or The Jim Jones Revue, as he is in Angry Town or busking solo around the city centres of the UK and mainland Europe in 2018.
Certainly, Sam’s own material shows a willingness and desire to transcend ridiculous, and ultimately extremely limiting, musical tribal bigotries and ‘loyalties’. Just check out the presently available free download via Sam’s Facebook page – Live at Restauracja Stara Gorzelnia, Mogilno, Poland. It’s an awesome and heady mixture and cocktail of adrenalin driven, gasoline fuelled, highly infectious, out of control, car crash, rock ‘n’ roll: made all the more chaotic and raucous by both Sam’s obvious inability to verbally communicate with the majority of his Polish audience, and the introduction of a new bass player for the evening (though it seems that new members are very much the status quo for Angry Town, as Sam continues to remain the only consistent member of the band to date). Yet, though undeniably a little rough around the edges in both quality and sound (as par the course for the majority of live recordings/bootlegs let’s be honest), nevertheless it still serves as a perfect introduction to some of Sam’s own compositions – Somebody’s Somebody, Under Glass, Boredom Drug, Fire in the Rain, The Walker and The Way She Is – for anyone coming across him for the first time; as well as of course being the perfect accompaniment to Sam’s recently released studio album collection, containing material written between 2002-2014, ‘Retrospective’.
The live recording also hints at the range of Sam’s personal taste in music, with the inclusion of the tracks New Rose (The Damned) and Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode). The latter of course (as noted elsewhere within this article) having been released recently also, as Angry Town’s first single. That all said however, it really would be quite impossible to pay Sam Jones and his music full justice within these few simple pages that Punked can offer. Like the legendary (and quite cantankerous) Mark E. Smith’s long and illustrious career, Sam’s too would need the kind of space and freedom that only an auto/biography or two could give it; and who knows, perhaps that’s a project mulling away at the back of Sam’s mind already. For the moment though it’s enough to simply enjoy this multi-talented man’s music.Johnny Heartbreaker
I really want to do it – really like your songs. I’m honoured to guest.John Robb
Sam Jones’ solo ”no bullshit” performances are raw and honest, leaving his audience with a taste for more. One can imagine how powerful this would sound with a full band. ‘Hit The Floor’ is a stomping track!Belinda De Bruyn
You look pretty sharp these days.Charlie Harper
Muzyczny teleporter w czasy grunge. Dobre.Bartek Podogrodzki
Noir wave, high velocity garage psych out!Bull & Gate
Takich muzycznych podróżników lubimy!W pustyni i w disco
Guitaristechanteuret auteur compositeuril specialise dans le ‘slide guitare’ – 100% technique!Mike Smith / Pub Le Kennedy
These superb Stooged out punkers have been in the studio with Brian James, original Damned guitar troubler – which sounds like it could be Robert Johnson! – but I digress.Hope & Anchor
Acoustic troubadour Jones plays with brooding rock, a bit like BRMC and Kasabian.Time Out London
Ogień na 6ciu strunach!Miasto Bar
We’re thinking The Dammed meets The Fall via Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division.Dublin Castle
Expect the unexpected (and perhaps some rock’n’roll).12 Bar Club
Effervescent pop grunge nodding to the Foo Fighters, nicely melodic with some decent hooks.Dublin Castle
A consommerabsolument sans moderation!Mike Smith / Pub Le Kennedy
Fascynujący, oldschool’owy występ solowego muzyka mieli okazję usłyszeć sympatycy klubu Vinyl. Przed publicznością wystąpił Sam Jones, który zaprezentował swą unikatową mieszankę popu, blues’a i rock’a.Telewizja aMazing Ostrów Mazowiecka
Impassioned, hooky pop grunge with a probable Foo Fighters influence without sounding too much like them.Dublin Castle