Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! We’re doing great thank you! Very busy, just finishing a UK tour and heading to the US pretty soon.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad News”? Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! We’re currently producing a video which is going to be very interesting, original and creative. It will be released a couple of weeks after the single release, although a teaser may well be online before to whet the appetite.

The single comes off your new album Diggin’ The Roots Vol. 1: Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues – what made you want to split this into different installments?

We started the project during our 20 anniversary as a band line up and decided to make two albums which showed some of the band’s roots. So firstly it refers to our roots and secondly it is of course “roots” music. We were very influenced by the early 1950s rhythm and blues, early roots of Rock and Roll and jazz. So we made two albums, one of the rockin R & B and one of the Hot Jazz material and we brought them out together on vinyl as a double album. Then released separately on CD.

Would you call this a conceptual record?

In a way it is conceptual. The Jive Aces have previously been described as being a cross between jazz and rock and roll. That point chronologically when big band swing went out of fashion and black rhythm and blues and jive music filled the gap between that and the emergence of popular rock and roll. So we decided to split, as much as possible, the two sides – rhythm and blues on one album and the more jazz side on the other but available together on the vinyl.

How much of actual news and events did you get to actual touch on this record? Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think the writing influences are very broad. One of the songs, Rock and Roll Movie Star, was for instance, inspired by the hot rod car show at the legendary Viva Las Vegas rockabilly festival in Vegas where pin-ups meet rockers and hot music is the sound track with a 50s B movie aesthetic. We actually separately released the vinyl album in the US at the Viva festival in fact.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We’re a live band and it feels like we’re constantly on tour. We are heading to the US soon, to LA and NYC then early next year we have an extensive tour across the UK plus our all day event of roots music with five bands and three DJs, called the Big Jive All-dayer in Worthing in February. Plus we’ll be back at the Ronnie Scott’s and the Hideaway Streatham for those in the London area.

What else is happening next in The Jive Aces’ world?

Big things are afoot but I can tell you we are also recording another new album soon with a different theme / motif and we’re aiming for a show at a much larger venue in London. A US tour next April and a possible first ever tour of Australia! We’ve had requests to go down under for years.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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