Contents, Introduction and Licences/References/Links
Scarlet – Part 1 – Contents and History
Jessie Robinson was playing with Liverpool outfit The Thespians at X&Y Festival back in 2013. Whilst the band seemed to be achieving early success with the release of their first album, a few months later they disbanded. By early 2014, she had not only started a brand new project, but was already drawing comparisons to Patti Smith and Jackie O performing as the lead singer of Scarlet.
Jessie Robinson, front-woman of Scarlet was formerly in The Thespians. She left the band to set up Scarlet. In an interview Jessie said about leaving the band “I don’t really know…(why I left) it just wasn’t working, being in a band. I’d say it was a clash of egos but I don’t think I’ve developed an ego yet so… just a clash of ideas. I just wanted to do something that I want to do. The Thespians was fun, I enjoyed being in the band. I was in it for a year and I would’ve carried on going probably, but it feels as though the universe has kinda took me out of that band and put me in this position where I’ve got all these doors opening for me that kind of fit better with where I am.”
Jessie added she knew that The Thespians sort of set a path and had to follow it. They got this label of being kind of a lo-fi, indie, Strokes-like sounding band. For me at the minute I haven’t got any of them labels, so I’m free to do whatever I want. I’m literally picking up a guitar and just writing songs that are, it sounds really cheesy, but from my heart.
After touring the UK as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of up and coming band The Thespians, being signed in Japan with Vinyl Junkie Records and supporting bands such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Findlay and SPACE, Jessie Scarlet launched her solo project Scarlet in February 2014.
Soon after, she secured gig slots supporting Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats, Pulled Apart By Horses and was added to the line up for two of the UKs most exciting festivals – Hop Farm and Secret Garden Party.
Scarlet were originally a 5 piece alternative indie band, from St Helens, Southport, Manchester, The Wirral and Birmingham. Jessie Robinson plays lead guitar and sings, Conor Williams is the drummer. Ryan Lee and Adam Cunliffe play guitars, Gianluca Rizzuto plays Bass.
The Thespians ft Jessie Robinson
The Thespians play Why Do I Like You live supporting Findlay at the Korova Club, Liverpool on 27th November 2013.
Scarlet Biography from the band’s Facebook page. (Accessed 26 October 2017)
Scarlet kicked off 2016 by playing in front of 20,000 people at Tbisili Open Air festival (Georgia) along side Steve Vai and released their debut crowd funded album ‘Effigy’ in Japan and the UK.
The band secured a licensing deal for the album in Japan with Vinyl Junkie Records (Blossoms, Swim Deep, The Wombats).
Scarlet have supported Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats, Neon Waltz, Pulled Apart By Horses, Swervedriver, Black Honey, Kagoule, The Struts, secured slots playing DIY’s ‘breaking out’ night at Liverpool music week festival, and played the huge festivals, Secret Garden Party, Tramlines, Sound City, Hop Farm Festival, ‘We Luv Festival’ (Aintree racecourse alongside acts such as UB40, Scouting For Girls, Example and many more) amongst many others.
They have worked with producers Jon Withnall, (Coldplay’s Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and X&Y) Michael Johnson (Joy Division, Pink Floyd, New Order, Stone Roses) and Al Groves (Bring Me The Horizon, CAST) on their debut album ‘Effigy’.
Scarlet secured ongoing support from Marshall Amplifiers who chose their demo ‘Heavy’ to be a part of their Richer Unsigned ‘Best unsigned bands’ playlist, which meant the song was played in every Richer Sounds music store up and down the country for a month and featured in Q Magazine!
The band won two competitions one of which, was to work with crowd funding specialists ‘Pledge Music’ and ‘Juxdit’ in association with Liverpool Sound City festival, to create a Pledge Music campaign to fund the release of their album and secured themselves a slot playing the delegates conference at Liverpool Sound City festival 2015.
They hit the 50% mark on their pledge music campaign just 6 days into the 60 day campaign and successfully reached their target of £6,000 and unlocked the money to make their debut album ‘Effigy’
‘Anyway’ was included in BBC Radio 6’s ‘Fresh Faves’ Batch 146.
They are currently working on promoting their album through live shows and maintaining a steadily growing organic fan base with continuous support from north west music scene fanatics, as well as branching out and gaining support from BBCintroducing, BBC Radio 6, and other bands further afield.
The band have also received direct endorsements for their music from Guy Garvey (Elbow) and support from The Vaccines and Sir Bob Geldof.
(All links accessed and working on 28 October 2017)
Frontwoman to rising pop band Scarlet talks about their new album and encouraging others (St Helens Star – 3rd March 2016)
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