Credit: Sapphire Blues
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Credit: Sapphire Blues
Sapphire Blues are a Pre-Brexit band from Bristol that consists of Sam Lance Jones (Vox, Guitar), Harry Beaver Fever (Security, Bass of Spades) and Chris Thompson (Drum Monkey, low IQ). Sapphire Blues are NOT a blues band.
'Art finds her own perfection within, and not outside of, herself. She is not to be judged by any external standard of resemblance' - Oscar Wilde.
Bristol In Stereo:
‘Sapphire Blues land like the long-lost twin brother of Joe Strummer, their bullish aggression melding perfectly with the punk-laden overtones of their catalogue. Reminding me of another of my favorite recent bands, Talk Show, there is a looming skittish fog that encompasses their otherwise masculine vitality, adding an impressive layer of depth to their unapologetically catchy tracks. With elements of early-00s indie positivity there’s a depth of influence on show here, executed in an almost flawless manner.’
'The track These Streets is a feral and emotionally raw post punk jag distilled from Jones' view of the microcosm and macro socio-political climates around him. Jones' vocal attack and sound captivates me. His rawness reminds me of The Jam's Paul Weller a bit. Great song and sound.’
'Released on Friday 5 April “These Streets” is a thoughtful track that packs an emotional punch. A welcome addition to the Bristol scene, you can check out Sapphire Blues live at their headline set at The Louisiana on Saturday April 13th.
Alternating between time on the dole and a dead end job to make ends meet left Sam with some space to tap into Jean-Paul Sarte’s philosophical work “Nausea”. In many respects the track takes the themes of Nausea and puts them in musical form. The Sartre who wrote: “I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.” would recognise these.'
‘... and describing their sound is not easy at all. Too special, too own is the sound of the three to pack them lightly in a division. Wild post-punk with venomous guitars just throws around itself, a voice that attracts the listener with its roughness immediately into his spell and not let go. Fast but still full of complexity that you have to listen to the song again and again. Of course, the song has not only its ingenious musical component but also the corresponding message, which deals primarily with the alienation of everyday life. The confusion in the current political climate is also brought into the song and the fear of the youth for the future. Thematically not only in Britain at home, these problems now have the whole of Europe.'