From The Jam Prepping DVD, New Album
Now that they’ve got their show on the road, there should be some new product from From The Jam in the near future.
Bassist Bruce Foxton — who along with original Jam drummer Rick Buckler leads the revived version of the legendary punk/new wave band — tells us that From The Jam hopes to release both a live DVD and possibly an album of new material, and perhaps both this year.
The DVD is a done deal; the group — which also includes guitarists David Moore and Russell Hastings in place of original frontman Paul Weller — filmed a December show in London, which it plans to release in May.
As for new material, Foxton says From The Jam plans to start rehearsing song ideas in April, after the group finishes its early-year tour commitments. “There will be new material, (but) it probably won’t see the light of day until the end of this year,” he says. “We’ve got a few good ideas kicking around. We’ll see what we come up with. We don’t want to rush it. There’s no pressure from a record label or anybody. It’s a great position to be in.”
While Foxton says it’s “premature” to guess what the group’s original songs will sound like, he notes that “it’s not that dissimilar from (the Jam) from the rhythm section department” but notes that Hastings and Moore will likely bring some different influences and sounds to the mix. “It’s experimental,” Foxton says. “When we go into the studio, that’s when we’ll really see what we’ve got.”
Similarly, he’s not predicting whether From The Jam will be as politically minded as the Jam was. “I’m not sure what direction we’re gonna go in,” Foxton says. “We’re not sure who will actually come to the forefront on the lyrical side yet.”
Whatever transpires, however, Foxton says he and Buckler are pleased that From The Jam is doing good business on the road and feeding the Jam appetite that still exists more than 25 years after the original group split.
“The audience is coming out in hundreds and thousands,” Foxton reports. “Everybody is kind of a winner with this. The audience do want to hear the music performed again. There are a lot of cover bands out there playing Jam songs, so why don’t we get out there with two-thirds of the original band and play these songs? It’s more credible, you know?”