More than a quarter of a century after they first started out, indie-dance act Jesus Jones are back on the road.
However, unlike many bands who have split and reformed before hitting the road again, the quintet from the musical backwater of Wiltshire have remained together through good and bad times and are now heading back to Sheffield
Keyboardist Iain Baker – who doubles as the band’s manager – says: “When you say it, it feels like a quite unbelievable amount of time we have been together.
“And when we think about it, it makes us feel a lot older than we should be.
“However, because during that time we have had periods when we didn’t do as much, it doesn’t seem quite that long.”
And the band are back to the original line-up after drummer Gen – real name Simon Matthews – rejoined Iain, bassist Alan Doughty, guitarist Jerry DeBorg and frontman Mike Edwards at the start of the year for the first time since leaving the group in 1997.
His return followed the retirement of his replacement Tony Arthy to ‘focus on other business ventures’ – the only changes to the line-up since the band began in 1988.
Iain says: “There are two things that have meant we’re still together.
“One is we are still very close and, two, we managed to have a large amount of success very early in our careers.
“That meant we had to go through of lot of things together as friends – all of a succed from just being a band in relative obscutrity to touring the workd - it was quite an unreal situation. We learned to stick together.”
And it is that early success which will be celebrated when the band play Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Tuesday, September 9.
The band will be their number-one album Doubt in full for the first time.
The 1991 classic features Real Real Real and Right Here Right Now – both top-five hits in the US – as well as International Bright Young Thing, their biggest UK single which reached number seven 24 years ago.
Songwriter Mike says: “We revisited our debut album Liquidizer for a one-off gig last year, and the entire process was not just great fun, it was a revelation: there were songs we’d almost forgotten about, that we learned not just to play again, but to love again.
“That’s why we decided to do Doubt in full– to get excited all over again. I can’t wait to get back on the stage.”
Iain says: “Last year, we were invited back to the Bull and Gate in London, the venue were we first started, as it was closing.
“We thought how do we make this more special, so we played the first album in full.
“We had such a good time doing Liquidizer, it made us look at the album in a different light. Some of the songs we hadn’t played for a while.”
Jesus Jones - The Doubt Tour comes to O2 Academy Sheffield on Tuesday, September 9. Support from The Silent.