Peggy Chats With: Sapphire Blues
Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Your weekly go-to new music guide brought to you by our London music journo Peggy, as she uncovers the latest ‘bands and artists to watch’ in the post-punk, new wave, jazz and indie communities. This week she discusses a love of dried sweetcorn, introspective and imminent future releases with enigmatic frontman Sam Lance Jones of Bristol hailing three-piece, Sapphire Blues.
Having spread the good word of post-punk since 2016, how has your sound and set up developed to the present day? Do I detect that we’re seeing your darker side in recent months?
To be honest, at the start the sound of the band was quite distant from what it is today. The songs were borderline 60's revival. We used to have a keyboard player who had real pop sensibilities which pulled us in that direction. After a year or so that fell apart, 4 became 3 and we had to start from scratch again. The sound we have today I believe is from an amalgamation of what we’ve collectively experienced (to state the obvious), being honest, and a lot of introspection.
We heard that you spent a healthy amount of time writing in the humble confines of
Chris’ bedroom - did you learn any weird and wonderful home truths about each other?
We’d all known each other for a long time before that stage so I can’t say we had much else to learn - although we did develop a mutual love for dried sweetcorn which we picked up from the local corner-shop daily. What was good was that Chris couldn’t be late as we were going round to his, but then again at that time, Harry couldn’t play bass so it almost cancels it out. In Chris’ bedroom we recorded a lot of demos you can find on our Bandcamp and this was when the seeds of our current sound were planted.
What were the thoughts, influences, hopes and dreams that went into your latest single ‘119’?
'119' was influenced by a house Harry and I resided in.