Being Jo Francis, are a modern alternative rock band from Liverpool, who after originally forming in Coventry 3 years ago have honed their music to something that they now feel is something they love.
Lead singer and guitarist Chris Mackrill met drummer Jon Holcombe at music school in Coventry and formed Being Jo Francis along with guitarist Michael Bradley. After months of practicing and developing songs and ideas, the band took their ideas out into the open, recorded their first EP, which was picked up by Risen Records, a small independent record label. Being Jo Francis were finally joined by permanent bass player Josh Catchpole in April 2009.
A string of gigs in 2009 and early 2010 saw Being Jo Francis gain a small following in the Midlands area, and saw the band develop a darker and somewhat heavier sound to the indie pop rock that was prominent in early recordings. A second EP was released in late 2009 and gained many hits online and as a free download. Fairytales also received some radio play, on BBC introducing, Kerrang, local radio and on underground podcasts.
With the start of the new year, change came to the band. Michael decided to leave the band and the four became three. Not wanting to add someone else to the band, Chris, Jon and Josh decided to continue writing, recording, and most favourably gigging. Many have commented favourably of the new songs which pointed to influences of Biffy Clyro, Manchester Orchestra and Radiohead and the new vigour in which the band have performed.
Since then Being Jo Francis have recorded a new EP that was released on March the 18th 2011. With a buzz being generated around the city, the release was eagerly anticipated and a packed out gig at Mojo confirmed Being Jo Francis’ arrival in the city. The 150 strong crowd proving that the hard work and effort put into each and every show has built a loyal fan base in the city. The EP received extremely positive feedback, commenting on the darker and more mature sound the band have developed into.
Shortly afterwards, after seeing the positive reaction to the EP and in particular, the closing track Twenty Three, the band decided to release a single, along with a video and exclusive remixes as B-sides as a charity single to raise money for the charity CRY. The song itself was written about the sudden loss of a friend and is always a stand out track at gigs, due to its moving subject and its intense build up. Another launch show at Mojo, helped raise further funds for the charity, and the video has been posted around the internet by local promoters, claiming the song as one of the best to come out of the city for a long time.
All That I Want, a free download only single, was released on the 23rd December 2011. It is part of a set of new tracks recorded that will make there way onto a new release planned for early 2012.
Chris, Jon, & Josh believe whole heartedly that playing music together is what they’ve been put on this earth to do and will continue to do this for as long as possible.