There’s a tendency for the word ‘unique’ to be bandied around a little too freely in music circles, but that’s the only way to describe Jerry Fish’s genre bending style. A highly charismatic performer who refuses to countenance audiences having
anything but a good time. Jerry routinely fills the country’s biggest venues with his travelling musical medicine shows, his swaggering vocal, generous and infectious smile and that fantastic vaudeville moustache.
Jerry Fish has spent much of his life on the road, a constantly evolving artist who has always favoured innovation over orthodoxy.
Throughout the 1990’s he was the main creative force and front-man of the alternative rock band An Emotional Fish giving us the anthem ‘Celebrate’. Once he left the constraints of the four piece rock format however, he found a whole universe of music suddenly become a tangible and touchable prospect: New Orleans funk, Noir Soundtracks, Punk Latino, all manner of Odd Mondo Scenes and Broken Mambo Jive. His widely adored upbeat music includes the hit ‘True Friends’ and two platinum selling albums ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘The Beautiful Untrue’.
The Jerry Fish live experience dissolves all boundaries between performer and audience, transforming sedate tux ‘n’ frock audiences into Roman galley slaves rowing their way through ‘The Hole In the Boat’, or ballroom-of-romancers slow-dancing to ‘Back To Before’, or swampy block parties gyrating to bacchanalian classics like ‘Celebrate’.
Jerry’s aforementioned swaggering vocal has been described as Tom Waits in a good mood, or Leonard Cohen doing Dean Martin. Smiles come aplenty and witty lyrics are definitely Mr. Fish’s currency of choice, but Jerry’s songs have been so well crafted that they deserve more than a casual, amused listen.