Jet Pack Jesus

Anyone who loves the great rock, alternative and indie bands of the last five decades will love the live performances of Jet Pack Jesus, these five musicians from Bristol keep the crowd on their feet all night long. Belting out tracks from legends such as The Beatles and The Stones through to The Killers and the Kings of Leon, there’s something for everyone in their set.  The bands repertoire is continually increasing and with a bit of notice they’ll even work in a couple of requests to suit your wedding, party or corporate event. Jet Pack Jesus are regulars on the Bristol pub and club scene along with appearances at sporting events, festivals and charity events. Drew Ford (Lead Vocals), Tristan Exon (Rhythm guitar and Backing Vocals, and also taking the lead on some songs),  Charlie Hallett (Lead Guitar), Darrin Jones (Bass and Synth) and Matt Derrick (Drums) have a huge amount of gigging experience between them.  Their high energy performances are well renowned in the Bristol area and having this full on, five piece band rocking up your venue or event will certainly give your guests something to talk about.

The Band

Drew Ford

Drew Ford

Vocals

Drew is a founding member of JPJ after he replied to an ad for singer wanted on Gumtree in 2014 and has been standing at the front ever since.

Favourite Song: Slide Away by Oasis (Noel Gallagher acoustic version)

Guilty Pleasure: MMMBop by Hansen

First Album: Salt n Peppa ‘A Salt with a Deadly Peppa’

First Gig: Eternal at the  Bristol Colston Hall

Matt Derrick

Matt Derrick

Drums

Matt has been playing the Bristol pub and club scene for the past ten years and Joined the band in 2015.

Favourite song: Paradise City by Guns N Roses

Guilty pleasure: The One And Only by Chesney Hawkes

First Album: Bryan Adams ‘Reckless’

First Gig: U2 Achtung Baby Tour

Charlie Hallett

Charlie Hallett

Lead Guitar

Charlie has been with the band since August 2016. Proir to this has been playing lead guitar for many bands in and around the Bristol area.

Favourite Song: Highway to Hell by ACDC

First Album: Status Quo ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’

First Gig: Right Said Fred

Tristan Exon

Tristan Exon

Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vocals

Having found JPJ online whilst lying by the pool enjoying the glorious Greek sun with rum in hand, he was the final piece of the mad puzzle that is Jet Pack Jesus. Eager to get gigging, break some strings, get people dancing and sweat through some shirts, he was eager to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. Has been playing Guitar for 6 years and singing for 2. Enthusiastic, energetic and versatile are just some of the words that have been thrown his way.

Favourite Song: Clocks Go Forward by James Bay

First Album: Black Eyed Peas ‘Elephunk’

Darrin Jones

Darrin Jones

Bass and Synth

Darrin along with Drew is one of the founder members of JPJ. He has played in several pub bands and open mic nights.

Favourite Song: Are Friends Electric by Gary Numan

Guilty Pleasure: Witchita Lineman by Glen Campbell

First Album: The Carpenters, Live at the Palladium (for my mum)

First Gig: Gary Numan Pleasure Principle tour.

Jet pack jesus is

Ready to Rock

Come Together

Cover of The Beatles hit with a modern twist. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan

Alive

Cover of Pearl Jam’s iconic hit. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan

Place Your Hands

Cover of a classic by Reef. Jetpack Jesus recorded LIVE at The Reckless Engineer, Bristol, April 2nd, 2016. Recorded and produced by Ian O’Regan

Song set list

Gigs

“You guys were amazing! Thank you so much, such an incredible night!”

– Rich & Rachel Boswell – Wedding 2017

“Brilliant night as always! What more can I say?…..”

– Kay Clarke

“Jet Pack Jesus absolutely made our wedding reception. All our guests were up dancing and rocking the evening away. They have a great catalogue of songs that gets the crowd up but also some unusual songs that really suited us and really made it a great night. We have had so many compliments about how great Jet Pack Jesus were from our guests. We can’t wait to see them again and they are definitely a band we would pay to see anywhere.”

– Graeme & Louise Smith – Wedding 2017

“Wonderful, hi-energy, lively band who pulled in a large crowd who stayed & sang along & danced the night away. Highly recommended”

– Dave Allen – Brit Bar

“Really great sound and everyone on their feet from start to finish and all for an amazing cause. We can’t thank you enough”

Sarah Schranz – Holly Hedge Grand Ball – 2018

“Just bloody AWESOME!”

– Nick Milbourne

“We have seen a lot of bands around Bristol over the years and were originally put on to JPJ by another band that were unavailable for our engagement party. I’m so glad they did! We have been to see them many times since and booked them for our wedding. The fantastic set had everyone on the dance floor all night, they certainly rocked it! No ‘filler’ songs like many other bands. We cannot thank you enough for such an amazing wedding reception!”

– Tara & Dan Harvey – Wedding 2018

Updates from the Band

Jesus has left the building

Well what a year it’s been. Like you all we cannot wait for life to return to ‘normal’ and getting back on the scene and at a venue near you. For us, we’ve had a slight rebrand and are now simply JPJ. There were a few reasons for this and we felt it was right to do and what better time to do so then after a long hiatus and a new member on board. A new member on board? Yes! As you may remember we had a change in our line up last January and as yet we’ve not had the chance to gig together and we can’t wait to unveil Adam ‘Vinnie’ Jones to our following. Vin comes with a lot of gigging experience and a slightly different vibe on some of our old favourites. When we’ve been allowed to do so we’ve been in the practice room getting Vin up to speed and adding some new tunes to our set so now just eager to get back out there.

WE’RE BACK

After a break over Christmas and some very productive time in the studio what better way to start a busy 2019 than with a gig at The Fire Engine in Redfield, it was great to see the place packed on Saturday night and everyone having great time.

So what has 2019 got in store for you, well……………. It’s going to be epic. We have gigs at all our regular venues with new venues such as the Rising Sun in Ashton Gate and The Lamb in Cadbury Heath wanting a bit of the JPJ madness this year. Oh…and keep an eye on our website and social media for an announcement regarding a very special event in September, not going to give too much away but keep the 21st free if you love your music.

One more thing before we sign off…………Drew is trekking to Machu Picchu in October this year to raise money and awareness for MIND the mental health charity, I’m sure you’ll all agree it’s a fantastic cause and if you can afford a donation to this worthy cause please do so by navigating to. www.justgiving.com/Andrew-ford11 or text OTIB82 followed by the amount (eg 10) to 70070 (Link on our FB)

Matt

2018? COMPLETED IT MATE!

A new year is upon us and it gives us a bit of time to reflect on the last and look forward to this. 

2018 saw us play a more varied gig range from new venues, more weddings and the RAF 100th Anniversary celebrations at The Bristol Aerospace Museum. We got back in the studio and recorded some tracks (which will be available for you all to listen to soon), needless to say it was our most successful year yet. 

So, what does 2019 look like?? Well we’ve already got a pretty full schedule although we don’t kick off our lives until mid Feb.  We’ve already bounced around ideas for new songs to add to our set and if you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to let us know. We’re also exploring doing some original material which you may hear live. 

I’ve saved the most anticipated thing til last and yes I can confirm Darrin has a new hat! 

 

Set List

See below for a selection of our current set. We are always working on new songs and always try to accommodate any requests. We can also do a selection of acoustic songs should the occasion call for it.

20th Century Boy  T-Rex

Are You Gonna Be My Girl?  Jet

Are You Gonna Go My Way?  Lenny Kravitz

Basket Case  Green Day

Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor  Arctic Monkeys

Billie Jean  Michael Jackson

Brown Eyed Girl  Van Morrison

Chelsea Dagger  The Fratellis

Come Together  The Beatles

Creep  Radiohead

Dakota  Stereophonics

Dani California  Red Hot Chili Peppers

Don’t You Worry Child  Swedish House Mafia

Don’t Look Back Into The Sun  The Libertines

Feeling Good  Muse

Figure It Out Royal Blood

Fortunate Son  Creedence Clearwater Revival

Get Lucky  Daft Punk

Hard To Handle  Black Crows

Hey Joe  Jimi Hendrix

Highway To Hell  ACDC

I Can’t Feel My Face  The Weeknd

I’ll Be There For You  The Rembrandts

I’m Yours  Jason Mraz

Lightening Bolt  Jake Bugg

Long Train Running  Doobie Bros

Love Machine  Girls Aloud

Love Me Again  John Newman

Mr. Jones  Counting Crows

Mr. Brightside  The Killers

Naïve  The Kooks

New Shoes  Paolo Nutini

Place Your Hands  Reef

Play That Funky Music  Wild Cherry

Radioactive  Imagine Dragons

Saturday Nights Alright  Elton John

Sex On Fire  Kings Of Leon

Smooth  Santana

Song 2  Blur

Superstition  Stevie Wonder

Sweet Home Alabama  Lynyrd Skynyrd

Take Me Out  Franz Ferdinand

Times Like These  Foo Fighters

Too Many Sandwiches  Stereophonics

Twist & Shout  The Beatles

Underdog  Kasabian

Whole Lotta Love  Led Zeppelin

You Really Got Me  The Kinks

You Sexy Thing  Hot Chocolate

Zombie  Jamie T

How about a bespoke song for your special day?

For the ultimate in bespoke additions to your special day we can write and perform an original song and lyrics, written and performed exclusively for you. There is also the option to have the song professionally recorded for you to keep, contact us for full details, click the link for an example.

Gig Dates

UPCOMING PUBLIC GIGS

 

The Whitchurch (Whitchurch) – 14th September

The Lamb (Longwell Green) – 19th October

Rising Sun (Ashton) – 26th October

The Blue Lagoon (Gloucester Rd) – 2nd Novembe

The Brit Bar (WsM) – 16th November

The Lamb (Longwell Green) – 6th December

Mardons Social Club (Midsomer Norton) – 21st December

 

 

 

Contact Us

We love hearing from our followers so, if you have an enquiry, would like to book us, or provide feedback feel free by using the contact form. (Responses from us may go into your junkmail, so if you’ve not heard back please check there)

Call us on

07368392814

 

Check out our social by clicking the icon

Contact Form

9 + 15 =

In the know

Sign up and stay up to date with all the JPJ happenings