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Made up of frontwoman Jessica, and Oli and Luke – the Rhodes cousins – Jessica Rhodes tell us about their narrow escape from a swingers festival and their penchant for Jaffa Cakes.

Tell us a bit about your sound and your influences.
We play acoustic soul-pop, taking influences from the likes of Tracy Chapman, Fleetwood Mac and Joss Stone.

How have you evolved as a band/musician over the years?
The more music we write and the more we perform, the more I feel we hone our sound. As the musicians I play with come from such a wide variety of influences (gospel church, classical, rock) the more we play together the more we learn from each other. We’ve been lucky enough to play with a variety of great artists so far, such as Florence And The Machine, Maroon 5 and Iggy Azalea.

Were there any alternative band names before you arrived at this one?
Oh yes – there were several that must never see the light of day.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Writing and demoing for the album that will be released 2017.

How do you stand out from the crowd in a saturated industry?

We are playing and recording live music, no backing tracks, no Auto-tune or Melodyne. No one on the pop scene is doing that these days. Oh, and we are the best live act out there!

What’s on your rider?
Jaffa Cakes.

Tell us about your worst live show.
Someone booked us for a festival without giving us any details apart from a vague location and the date. When the person in question emailed the details through, we realised it was a full-blown swingers festival. We didn’t actually do the gig but that would have definitely been our worst/most awkward, I’m sure.

Antonia Charlesworth

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