A Jarcrew Reunion?

Last night I listened into Bethan Elfyn’s BBC introducing show intrigued by the news of a possible Jarcrew reunion.

Bethan spoke to Kelson Mathias and Hywel Evans from the band as part of her continued journey through archives for the past 10 years of the show.

During the interview Kelson reflected on the reasons for Jarcrew’s lack of success and in doing so captured band’s unique charm.

He said: “It sounded like a cauldron of chaos, it’s like we’d cover Steely Dan and then we’d chuck in a bit of Prince and then a bit of Fugazi and then we’d chuck Napalm Death in.”

This unpredictability was illustrated through a session recording of Moneyshot and an unreleased song Hello Monster which hints at how much the band could have achieved if they were on a more understanding record label.

Bethan’s segment filled me with nostalgia, taking me back to 2003; the first time I remember being genuinely excited about UK music.

Bands like Jarcrew made me believe in a ground breaking underground scene and I’ll never forget hearing Paris and the New Math on Gut Records’ Louder Than the Crowd compilation.

Seven years later Kelson and Hywel laugh about the song particularly Kelson’s ‘ass dance’ which made the video an MTV favourite.

But I think Paris and the New Math, Moneyshot and Hello Monster all sound utterly contemporary and make me miss the unpredictable five piece.

Nothing came from the hints of a Jarcrew reunion but Bethan ended the segment with a song from their new band Truckers of Husk; Down And Out In Garnant and Ammanford.

The song was subtle and controlled yet bristled with a unique charm and showed Truckers of Husk are giving new life to the irreverent energy which made Jarcrew so special.

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