A medieval bard who’s got lost in time and space only to find himself in the 21st century. A high voltage neon tapestry weaving together pieces of the past and visions of tomorrow, a sunset disco in a stone circle, sonic heathenry at its finest, a cosmic renaissance man who’s perpetual search for self and sound has no end. These descriptions all embody the unique artistry that Jack Wakeman has to offer. Joining forces with his trusty live band The Dreamstriders, Jack is due to unveil their new transcendent single ‘Feel Again In Time’.
A much more wistful and romantic sound than their usual output, the indie offering is penned as a message of hope to a depressed love interest. A song of optimism as an antidote to someone’s mental crisis, featuring the signature Dreamstriders sound of experimental electronica counterbalanced by folk and orchestral instrumentation.
The song’s dreamy textures put to an upbeat rhythm section is a nod to inspirations like Don Henley’s ‘Boys of Summer’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’.
Born in Doncaster Yorkshire, Jack Wakeman spent his childhood listening to the sounds of the 60s and 70s on his grandparents radio, his grandad having been in a band with Mick Ronson teaching Jack the guitar. Later working in a furniture factory and disillusioned with life Jack left the former mining town and moved to Manchester in 2013 where he worked as a session bass player for members of New Order and The Fall plus BC Camplight, Ethan & The Reformation, Granfalloon, Gabrielles Wish, Maddy Storm and more.
Jack relocated to Glasgow in 2020 to form the first band under his own name and after recruiting a band of local musicians his material is now brought to a live audience with the help of The Dreamstriders: Callum Edwards (Drums), Callum Shanks (Electric Guitar), Charlotte Newman (Acoustic Guitar/ Backing Vocals) and Elizabeth Read (Keyboards/ Backing vocals).
Often described as charismatic/ eccentric, Jack’s character comes from periodic skirmishes with mental illness which informs his writing that commonly focusses on his unique brand of apocalyptic optimism, societal standpoints and determined betterment of mental health, often through the lens of folklorish romanticism.