Jelly News


March 2010: Free remix EP download

All has been quiet in the realm of The Jellyheads since our performance at Firegathering last May. Individually we have been far from idle: Ben and Sam have been rehearsing fiendish jazz fusion with their Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute Sapphire Bullets; Chris has formed an as-yet-unnamed instrumental rock group in his new locale of Manchester, Rob continues to bang the drum for the Trans Siberian March Band, and Richard (ever the international man of mystery) has been recording Tuvan throat singing in Inner Mongolia, among other things. We do however have some rehearsal and/or recording dates pencilled in for late April.

Meanwhile, to assuage your hunger for Jellyheads music, we are offering the first of what we hope will be several remix EPs as a free download. Entitled Mr. Phosphorous vs. The Jellyheads, it contains three of our songs reworked, as the name might suggest, by Mr. Phosphorous (aka The Jellyheads' drummer Chris). The download package contains high quality (320kbps) mp3s, plus CD cover artwork and a little Quicktime slideshow of some of our exploits of the last few years.

To obtain this wondrous item of digital media, simply click this link. The download is a zip file, about 45 MB.

You can also hear and download the tracks (albeit reduced quality) on Last.fm, while audio purists can download lossless FLAC files from Soundcloud.

Happy listening!


June 2009

The Jellyheads' first gig of the year, at the Firegathering festival, was a resounding success - thanks not least to the talents of Elisa and Jonathan from the Bergersen Quartet, plus Merlyn on viola and auxiliary synthesis.

Video, audio and photos coming soon.

We had an excellent time at the festival watching the other bands and entertainment, enjoying the sunshine and stuffing our faces with beer and curry. What could be better?

On a sadder note, we're not now playing at the Guildford Ambient Picnic, and are probably not playing at Frankstock.
But we are working on getting some more festival dates for this summer.

Meanwhile, be sure to experience the Trans-Siberian Marching Band (with our very own Rob Kelly on percussion), coming to a festival near you (possibly).


April 2009

The Jellyheads are pleased to announce that they will be performing at the following festivals this summer:

"Firegathering" (near Horsham, Sussex) 22nd - 24th May.
A cool little festival in the countryside about halfway between London and Brighton.

"Frankstock" (Burnham, Thorpe) 1st August.
A return visit to this rocking micro-festival in the wilds of Norlfolk.


October 08 - The Jellyheads on radio

The Jellyheads have had some airplay on national digital radio in the UK - Rick Wakeman (him out of Yes) played Longwave on Planet Rock, and Stuart Maconie has played Polonium Harmonium on BBC 6Music.

In related news, our good friend Jestar* , has also been on the radio, beatboxing with Shlomo and Aled "Walking In The Air" Jones, no less. Listen here until Sunday 2nd Nov.

Meanwhile, our superb official debut album Filthy Mechanoid is now available at a multiplicity of online mp3 and CD merchants, but your best value is still direct from us or from CD Baby. Buy Now!


August 08 - Filthy Mechanoid Album
album cover

After 14 years of procrastination, The Jellyheads have finally unleashed their debut album "Filthy Mechanoid" on the public.

For more details, sample tracks, and a means of purchasing said CD album head this way.

The album was launched at the Frankstock Festival. Photos from this are now up.


August 08 - Festival !

The Jellyheads are proud to be one of this year's headline acts at the awesome festival-for-charity FRANKSTOCK!

frankstock logo

Fitted out in our new costumes, we are looking forward to issuing forth our unique styles of aural fulfilment to an as yet unsuspecting new audience.
With guest musicians to boot, we shall be unleashing some exciting new material to complement our already flirtatious live show. Visual energy will be directed by our newest recruit, to provide an alternative diversion should you be overwhelmed by the sheer tower of music.....

We hope that you may all find the time (and readies) to attend this sumptuous extravaganza, replete with an altogether all-encompassing line-up. Bring a friend and bring your family, because this is not to be missed.

But remember: DON'T PUSH YOUR GRANNY WHILST SHE'S SHAVING.

‘Till then - tatty bye.

The Jellyheads.


December 07 - Honey Badger Honey Badger Honey Badger Honey Badger

Inspired by recent BBC reports concerning the British Army categorically denying any involvement in the release of ferocious flesh-eating badgers into the streets of Basra, The Jellyheads immediately returned to the studio to record their latest song - Honey Badger.

honey badger

Dubbed the fiercest animal in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, the Honey Badger, revered in African and Middle Eastern folklore, is almost as fearsome and terrifying a prospect as the analogue synth solo on the track.

Soon to be mixed, the hardmong chisel jazz odyssey that is Honey Badger will be released on The Jellyheads second album, once they've finally finished titting around not quite releasing the first one.

To learn more about Honey Badgers, please see honeybadger.com and to learn how the British Army are definitely not using them for anything naughty at all, please see BBC World News.

in the studio
November 07 - The Jellyheads play Guy Fawkes Night Gig on the River Thames

The band were extremely pleased to be invited to play a spectacular gig on a floating barge on the River Thames for a Guy Fawkes night party.

The band and a crowd of about 70 squeezed themselves onto the Arts Ark, a floating platform (replete with grand piano) approximately 200 metres east of Tower Bridge.

In spectacular surroundings illuminated by 15 tons of burning, floating firewood and the Tower Bridge flood lights, the band played a set that was so hot the fire brigade turned up to cool it down...

Twice...

...Along with the Harbour Master patrol and a emergency fire boat, all of whom were skillfully incorporated into the live visuals projected above the stage.

To everyone's amazement no laptops, guitars, fans, bass players or parents fell into the Thames, despite the band's best efforts.

tower bridge at night
October 07 - The Jellys in the studio

The Jellyheads have been recording at the well known "Strongroom Studios" in East London, finishing off some material for release in '08 (millennium not specified at band's request).

Jamie Reid's famous artwork that decorates the studios was described by the band as "inspiring yet damaging" with only one member of the band suffering an epileptic seizure.


August 07 - The Jellyheads first gig in a decade

The Jellys played their first gig in a while this summer.
Being half as good as Led Zeppelin, they only took 10 years to get it together, vs the Zeps admirable 20 year hiatus.

Playing a floaty ambient set at a lush sunny afternoon mini-festival organised in a south London garden by composer Ruth Barrett and electrowierdo speak and spell terrorist Ruskin Williamson (aka Asymptone) a good time was had by all.
The set was well received, with only one member of the band being attacked by angry dogs.

dog attack