Ascending Brit pop punk foursome JAWS OF LIFE have dropped their much-anticipated debut EP, Jaws Of Life Mini Mix Tape, to rampant praise. The band‘s new video, Your Song, – https://youtu.be/hOHH4GS3Twk is also helping to plant the tunesmiths on the map. We chatted with the quartet to find out more:
What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument?
Mitch Bock – Guitar / Vocals
Rhys Anderson – Guitar
Steve French – Bass / Backing vocals
Tim Tittley – Drums
How and when did the band form?
It was really at the start of lockdown, my tenancy was coming to an end on the flat I was living in at the time, me and Rhys had been jamming some ideas which we felt were really promising. When lockdown was announced, we didn’t want to put the brakes on something that was turning out to sound so good, so basically decided I moved in with him, we turned our spare room into a studio and basically spent every day writing and playing music it was so productive we really made the most of lockdown. When things were slowly opening up again, we then began to look for the other 2 pieces of the puzzle. I was in a previous band with Steve (When We Were Wolves) and we had always kept in touch, we were chatting one day, and I mentioned we were looking for a bass player and the next day I basically had a message saying “hey you still need that bass player” for me it was perfect as I have toured with Steve for years, so I knew we jelled. We did some practices in between lockdowns with some drummers but nobody was really fitting what we wanted, Steve mentioned he knew someone and has been friends with Tim for years, we did one practice with him and knew we had found the last member of the band. Tim and Steve are great musicians but for me and Rhys we had spent so long writing these songs we wanted 2 people to join the band who shared the vision and wanted to put their all into it.
Who are your musical influences?
We love everything, we all grew up listening to Metal, pop punk etc I know the playlists can vary a bit from Slaughter to Prevail /slipknot /New found glory/ Neck deep – there’s too many to name but we listen to all sorts to be honest it really depends on the mood.
Where did the name of the band come from?
It was a lyric in a Blink 182 song I can’t even remember which one, but I remember hearing it and was like ooooo I like that. We were originally going under a joke name something like Jane from accounts but then when we decided we were going to pursue this we were throwing ideas about and Jaws Of Life was the best idea on the table
How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend?
Tim and Steve are childhood friends – Me and Rhys known each other over 10 years and as previously mentioned I’ve been in a band with Steve so about 10 years also. I like that we all have a history, nothing feels awkward or forced it’s all just natural. Just 4 friends making tunes
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
I think we blend all eras of pop punk well; we are not trying to reinvent the wheel in any way we just want to do what we do well. A lot of people say we sound like we should be on a Tony Hawk game. I’ll take that!
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
Songs to sing to your steering wheel
Where can we find your social media sites?
Instagram – @Jawsoflifeband
Twitter – @Jawsoflifeband
TikTok – @Jawsoflifeband