Joined on stage by friends and fellow Leeds musicians Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, Sleater-Kinney, Wild Beasts), Tom Evans (Vessels), and Jenna Isherwood (Invisible Cities), Jeff T. Smith (a.k.a. Juffage) lead the group through an interactive performance of old and new Juffage material.
Originally from his 2011 album, Semicircle, “Stop Making Music” gets a complete instrumental re-working here, swapping guitar, bass, drums, and synths for the album’s piano. Though occasionally played live at solo shows, this performance marks the first and only time this song has been played as part of a group, allowing the song’s explosive finale to flourish.
Juffage is setting out on a solo UK tour beginning in August, with dates as follows:
AUG 15: York – City Screen Basement
AUG 16: Leeds – Leeds Music Hub
AUG 18: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
AUG 21: Bristol – ArcTanGent Festival (w/ Joan of Arc, Deerhoof, Vessels, Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.)
AUG 23: Basingstoke – the Sanctuary
AUG 24: Brighton – Green Door Store (w/ Cousin, Japanese Sweets)
AUG 25: London – Old Blue Last (w/ Cousin)
AUG 26: Bristol – Stag & Hounds
AUG 27: Derby – the Hairy Dog (w/ Cowtown)
AUG 28: Newcastle – Head of Steam (w/ Ten Sticks)
SEPT 10: Glasgow – Bar Bloc
SEPT 11: Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
2015 will also see the completion of a new Juffage studio album, featuring guest appearances by Harkin, Evans, and Isherwood. This will be Jeff’s first studio album since 2011′s Semicircle (Function Records), a debut which received critical acclaim from the Guardian, NME, Drowned in Sound, Loud & Quiet, and airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.