WORDS and PHOTOS: Luke Yates
It is sometimes very easy to pigeonhole a band or compare them to another. With Salvation Jayne, not only would this be impossible, it isn’t something you’d even consider. They are their own shining entity. Their show at the Quarterhouse on Friday 4th October was a textbook example on how to entertain a crowd and established them in many new eyes as a unique musical force to be reckoned with.
Salvation Jayne’s music is powerful, memorable and downright enjoyable. Thought-provoking lyrics, mixed with blistering guitar riffs from Holly, solid rhythm from Tor and Dan, and goosebump-inducing vocals from Chess. Listening to them on Spotify is a wonderful experience I would recommend to anyone; watching them perform their music live with such passion takes it to several dozen higher levels, and I would insist you try it soon (perhaps at their gig at the Tunbridge Wells Forum on Halloween!)
The performance was not only a masterclass in music; it set the benchmark for visual entertainment, blistering musicianship interspersed with some fine showpersonship. Examples include Holly walking on stage at the opening wearing a UV bunny mask, Chess striding boldly across the barriers and going to sing with the audience mid-gig, and a glorious confetti-finale! And the blistering rendition of Whorehouse, with special guests Adam and Joe was simply jaw-droppingly magnificent.
What is extra-likeable about band members Chess (Vocals/Keyboard), Tor (Drums), Holly (Guitar) and Dan (Bass) is their innate duality. They live in two worlds at one time. On stage, they are rock gods, who clearly know, believe and demonstrate that they are heading for arena-sized greatness (their show would have been equally perfectly at home at Wembley or the O2) and yet offstage and interacting with people, they are decent, humble and treat their fans and peers wonderfully. I have no doubt that this, combined with their immense talent and passion for their music, is going to carry them all the way to where they want to be.
Their next gig is at the Tunbridge Wells Forum, on 31st October 2019