Following his sell out show at The Spring & Airbrake last October Jack PeÃ±ate will return to Northern Ireland to play Mandela Hall in Belfast on March 16th.
So which are the records that formed him? Well, for starters thereâ€™s Prince, Todd Rundgren, JJ Cale and Daryl Hall and John Oates. â€œI like stuff thatâ€™s soulful, happy and intelligent â€“ and I donâ€™t like music ironically. I donâ€™t understand that â€˜guilty pleasuresâ€™ thing. Why should it be guilty?â€
PeÃ±ateâ€™s newly-trademarked dance styles have also marked him out as a trenchant individualist. For those whoâ€™ve missed his electrifying live shows â€“ and heâ€™s done enough of them, touring pretty much non-stop for the past 18 months, though the faint-hearted should watch out for the regular stage invasions during â€˜Torn On The Platformâ€™ â€“ or the early black and white footage of â€˜Second, Minute or Hourâ€™ live, itâ€™s a kind of rockabilly skank that pitches up into a lurching, Breakfast Club â€˜80s kick-out. Itâ€™s a cool manoeuvre. â€œIâ€™ve always been into dancing,â€ he grins. â€œMe and the boys at schoolâ€™d lock n pop in a circle for hours and hours.â€ And the rockabilly thing? â€œI listen to a lot of soul and folk and if you speed it up it sounds like rockabilly. I guess Iâ€™m egging it on in photos.â€
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