Oxford band The Jerichos formed in early 2019 over a love of essential indie-pop bands. Their name even comes from one of the city’s most iconic venues, The Jericho Tavern, which has hosted bands such as Foals, Radiohead and Supergrass.
Since Julian Wagstaff (vocals, songwriting, guitar), Jack Hardy (drums) Jordan Maycock (guitar, backing vocals) and George Lambourne (synths) and Micky (bass guitar) haven’t had much time to haunt their favourite gig spots since starting their musical project, they’ve had plenty of time to write songs. One of those is the cryptically titled ‘Even If You Are The Cactus’, an indie-pop song flush with ’60s psychedelia and ’80s synth-dance.
When discussing the inspiration behind the release, Wagstaff took the lead in explaining:
“Written back in April 2020, at a time when the world was just beginning to discover the reality of lock down, I was struggling to find inspiration and longed deeply for the rush of excitement that comes with writing new material Part of my makeup is that I seem to go through periods of being fascinated with certain objects and things. A song of few words I wanted to capture the moment in time, how things were changing and the uncertainty that people were feeling. But at the same time, I wanted something upbeat, that people could dance to, remembering the good times”
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