'Fiction in Folktale' is the latest EP released by Joburg based Jerry and the Bandits. Ranging from blues and jazz all the way to alternative and indie rock, the album is a result of the band's passion, hard work and long hours. Each of the songs are meaningful and true giving every listener something to relate to. I spoke to Jerry Quaintmere about what lies behind the making of this album.
Jerry and the Bandits
Little Villian - From their EP 'Fiction in Folktale'.
Tell me about the process of putting all these songs together?
Jerry: We have had these songs for a quite a while. We knew that we wanted to go into the studio but we didn't know which ones to record. The thing that we really loved was that we got to work with such a great producer called Mike Wright from Zebra and Giraffe. He is really incredible and guided us in a direction that we couldn't see but he gave us an outside perspective.
What is the idea behind the album cover?
Jerry: All the songs are stories, a story of us. The shoes in the photograph is symbolic of this road that we are walking on and an invitation for others to follow in our path. I would rather have somebody not know the story behind our songs and have them make their own connection and their own story because then it means something to them.
“...I would rather have somebody not know the story behind our songs and have them make their own connection and their own story because then it means something to them...” - Jerry Quaintmere, Jerry and the Bandits
Who is the songwriter in the band?
Jerry: I write the lyrics for the songs, that is also just a process in itself. I don't even know how to explain it. It does take me a while to figure out but as soon as I pick up a guitar and have a decent melody, I can then write something to that. Sometimes a melody just pops up and then I've got an idea. It's all luck, if I can put it that way.
Your genre is very bluesy kind of folk music, tell me about what influences you?
Jerry: We are telling a story through our music instead of having this normal everyday rock or everyday hip hop, we've got something different. It feels like people can connect with us more and we can connect with the music more. We get a lot of inspiration from bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Jeremy Loops.
How did you decide on the name of the EP?
Jerry: We were going to name it after one our songs but it wasn't one of my favourites if I must be honest. I didn't think it was going to work so one day Kirsten, our saxophone player, said why don't we call it something to do with stories. I googled synonyms for the word stories and folktales and fiction came up. That's exactly what we do, all these stories that we've made up and are now telling through folktales.