Jail started off as Jon Leone’s solo project when he was a student at Leeds University. Sounding like a cross between Syd Barrett and The Fall, they have since been compared to Blur, Stephen Malkmus and Half Man Half Biscuit.
The live set has included the themes from Doctor Who and Rhubarb & Custard, as well as covers by the Fall and Television Personalites. Mark E Smith, Stewart Lee and Stuart Murdoch all have copies of their 2003 album Riot at the Health Club, and that’s true.
The band is now seven-strong, and now it is not just Jon who writes the songs. They have played on the deXter Bentley show twice before and three of them are in the studio this Saturday.
Melodic, experimental pop band Wilberforce consist of Mark Tingley, and later Melody Spires, Wilberforce were named after a Prime Minister’s cat. Their debut album “Madame Fruitbowl” came out in 2002 and was named local album of the year. There followed a string of gigs in the UK and Holland. Their very long-awaited second album “What Drama Here” is due out this summer.
Because Wilberforce is a big lumbering band, Mark is currently playing songs solo, from the earliest days to ones written the day before, and has been busking around the streets of Britain.
He wrote his first song and fronted his first group Elastic Band at 16, followed by eight years and 3 albums with Blob Hotel. Now after nearly two albums and over 15 years with Wilberforce, he’s heading out on his own for the first time.
Mark has also played in various other groups including Trojan, the Hairy Penguins, the Bat Device, and the Spook Orchestra.
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