JUM take you on a literal and metaphorical journey of the eye on their self-titled debut LP

By Aaron Lohan

We at Punktastic are exclusively streaming the self-titled debut album by Nottingham band JUM.

Featuring current/ex members of Plaids and The Blue Period, this quartet play an off kilter, spacious and trippy brand of pop rooted indie rock.

“The concept of the album is all to do with eyes and all things pertaining to them, in both a real and figurative sense,” explains vocalist/guitarist Robin Morris-Haynes. “The idea came to me after having nightmares about my father developing cataracts which turned his eyes solid blue. I was terrified and captivated by the image and started writing about it. After that I found there were many other angles I could take on the topic of eyes, including sight, blindness, etc. This subject lent itself very well to creative interpretation.”

As for the creative process behind the album, Morris-Haynes states, “The material was made from various writing phases over a period of around 6 years which I’ve attempted to amalgamate into something cohesive.” Following this, he rewrote the songs and re-arranged them with the band over the course of various recording and practice sessions, which enabled them all to tie it all together. With the restructuring complete, they then headed into the studio. “The recording and post-production of the album took around 2 years from start to finish,” Morris-Haynes points out. “It was a slow process due to some technical setbacks, but we’re satisfied with the end result none the less. None of us are trained musicians and as a writer I’m not musically literate but I see that as a blessing rather than a curse.”

The self-titled debut album by JUM will be released on the 1st April through David, I’m Really Tempted Records. The band will also be playing a short run of UK shows later this week with Glaswegian math/indie act Benjamin Blue. The dates for this are listed below.

16 GLASGOW The Old Hairdressers
17 YORK Dusk
18 LEEDS Eiger Studios
19 NOTTINGHAM JT Soar (matinee)
19 LANCASHIRE The Yorkshire House

photo: James Bertwhistle