The Brighton-based funk freight-train that is One Eyed Jacks released their debut music video for their single Fortune Wheel on Monday. It’s the first of two videos they’re creating in the build up to their debut EP launch in May.
Through Brighton’s iconic sites – The North Laines, the promenade and Palace Pier arcade – we follow brightly-dressed lead singer Karl as he slinks alongside a sultry, poker-faced blonde. She and backing singers Sylvia and Scarlet all deliver impressive levels of sass throughout.
Fortune Wheel is pop-perfection in regards to arrangement and provides generous lashings of funk. The vocals; a powerful blend of rock and contemporary soul allow for a very raw delivery which is an invigorating juxtapose against the smooth, laid-out harmonies.
I had the chance to catch their show at Green Door Store to celebrate the release of the music video. I was impressed at the turn out on a rainy Monday night but they seemed to have a devoted following with many people singing along to their catchy riffs.
Although quite a large band of seven members, their individual personalities really shone through. Each member contributes their own confidence and style to the overall vibe; you can tell they really have fun with it.
I caught up with guitarist Bruce who told me they will be releasing a live Sofar Sounds video on Tues 14 Feb for Valentine’s Day with their own type of love song: “Not a cheesy one, but a good one.”
One Eyed Jacks definitely have a busy summer ahead of them and plan to release another music video in advance of their appearance at Great Escape Festival.
If you want to catch them live (and I fully recommend you do) they will be performing at QM Records’ Move Festival at Patterns on Sat 18 Feb.
For the latest updates and gig information for One Eyed Jacks you can visit their Facebook page here