Mike, Ste, and Tom (Left to right), © Jackdaws




All genres of music in general


Preston, Lancashire, UK


Jackdaws met during a freak accident which saw singer Ste pulled out of the icy waters of Preston docks by passersby Tom (drums) and Mike (bass). As some would say, “life is strange”. Jackdaws will probably admit to this more than most in their death-folk-rock-pop storytales of tough love, seedy hotels and the second coming.

The band forged their unique sound from their shared love of all genres of music. Tom’s previous band played country versions of metal songs. For their encores they played metal versions of country songs. Mike counts Public Enemy, Yes and Jeff Buckley as some of his favourite recording artists. Ste relays his feelings about the band’s genre hopping policy when recounting his favourite night out:

“It was at the old Venue next to the bus station in Preston”, mused Ste. “Men were throwing themselves around to bizarre time signatures and discordant grindcore guitar riffs in one room, while neon clad ravers jumped around to electro next door. At the end of the night they randomly played Bohemian Rhapsody, and both groups came together to sing along. Members from both groups held hands and probably ended up having very interesting children 9 months down the line. I risk sounding like a hippy, but it was beautiful and I want to pay homage to that night within our music”.

In amongst the bands set, Jackdaws play a harmonica fuelled version of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ and a version of the Eurhythmic’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ that caused one promoter to exclaim, “I’ve never heard a dub-country Annie Lennox cover before”. The lyrical content of bands original material, including crowd favourites ‘The Undertaker’s Daughter’ and ‘Cigarettes’, is often dark, stark and sarcastic. “I usually kill someone off in each of my songs, like they used to do with Kenny in South Park,” says Ste. “There is an element of love and tenderness in the mix too, but you have to wade through the Grease and Beatles references if you’re going to find it.”

Unsigned Acts / Preston hopes you enjoy Jackdaws’ music.



Jackdaws would love to know your thoughts of their songs.

For more about Jackdaws see Unsigned Acts / Preston interview.


Recently, Jackdaws is looking for a piano player, if anyone is interested in joining them, just feel free to contact Unsigned Acts / Preston.


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E-mail: stewhiley@hotmail.com


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