Words with ... Jack - The Fourthliners

Words with ... Jack - The Fourthliners

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas  LINK

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas LINK

Editor’s note

I’ve known Jack for years, I first met him whilst working in South Korea. We were both working as ESL teachers and also both playing in punk rock bands. We played the same bills numerous times both in different bands ( although I auditioned for a vacant slot in his project with Clayton only to be rejected boo !) In all seriousness it was a different thing, we’ve always been good mates. We’ve since stared a new project (TheFourthliners) back home in the UK. It’s kinda cool sharing an experience with friends in a place a world away and getting to make something happen back over here. Jack sat for a portrait for me for my Habits and Mindsets’s project which is an ever evolving travelling work inspired by punk rock. I asked him some questions on music and stuff.

Fuzz : )


Interview

How would you describe the punk rock scene to someone who’s never heard of it?

It’s just the community of people who coalesce around punk gigs. But obviously punk covers a lot of different styles of music now. To be a punk band or a band that plays in the punk scene you need to have a mixture of an appropriate sound (folk, indie, punk, metal are all represented), attitude and connections.

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas  LINK

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas LINK

That’s just the same as any other music scene re- ally. There are obviously divisions in the scene too. Old school punk bands will draw a bit of a different audience to some modern punk bands. There’s a certain amount of plurality.

This might not be an accurate depiction, as I don’t really consider myself to be part of a scene anyway. I’m more of an outsider now. I was in a scene about 15 years ago in Brighton, but don’t have time to get involved these days.

How do you write music or lyrics? Are you inspired by other art forms aside from music?

Usually I’ll base a whole song around a single feeling, word or sentence. I start with something small then build a structure of lyrics around it that unpack more meaning from that one element.

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas  LINK

Taken from Habits and Mindsets, a punk rock inspired project by Fuzz Chucas LINK

I’m kind of influenced by literature and poetry more than any other art forms, as I like to play around with metaphors and other figurative language. I like bands that that are quite playful with language like the Mr T Experience or the Wave Pictures.

Do you think your taste has been formed or affected by your mental health?

Not really sure how to answer that. Music definitely helped me get through hard times, whether it’s by trying to make sense of life or just as catharsis. Music is really important for my general sense of wellbeing and purpose, but not sure how much that overlaps with mental health.

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