1960s Garage bands, Snotty Punk from the 1970s, Sun-kissed sweaty Rhythm n’ Blues, and a lot of inspirational people.


The Jack Cades was born in late 2017 when Mike (Lead Guitar, Vocals) and Elsa (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) decided to record some of their songs at Mole’s (Drums) notorious State Records Studios in Folkestone, Kent. They invited John Gibbs (The Masonics, The Wildebeests) to record bass on some of their songs at the time, which resulted in a mini debut LP “Music for Children”, which will be released May 18th on Dirty Water Records.



The Jack Cades is a mix of a shared passion for inspirational sounds such as 1960s Garage bands, Snotty Punk from the 1970s, Sun-kissed sweaty Rhythm n’ Blues, and a lot of inspirational people.


Sweet Sweet Music talked to Elsa Grooveh.

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?


Music is fun, I always have fun recording. It’s great to see the bits and pieces get together and to listen to the results.

At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

To be honest you never really know what the outcome will be until people give you feedback!
When we were mixing the songs though with Mole, Mike and I did kind of stop and think “wow that actually sounds pretty good!”

But it would be quite pretentious to think anything else I think.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you?

It certainly did not bring anything to me, it has definitely changed a lot and is very poor nowadays.

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?


None since I am not into girls 😀
I guess you are asking for my 5 favorites “love” songs?
“You’ve really got a hold on me” – Smokey Robinson and The miracles
“Be my baby” – The Ronettes
“I can’t help myself” – The Four Tops
“At Last” – Etta James

“To love somebody” – Nina Simone

The meaning of ‘success’ has changed over the years. When will the new record be a success?


It already is a big success to me in itself, I am very proud of this first LP.

Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?


No, I don’t feel part of any community and do not intend to be part of any community. I have very different friends from very different backgrounds and different countries.

Can you still recall the moment music became important to you?


Probably when I was still in my mum’s womb. I’m not trying to be cool by saying that, it’s the truth. I have played the piano since the age of 5 and have played the clarinet, guitar, bass, I have always sung. I’ve been in bands since I was 15. I cannot live without music and I do mean that literally.

 Which is the song you wish you had written every time you hear it?


There are so many songs I wish I could have written!!! But my all-time favorite garage punk song is “My Confusion” by The Elite, which has the best solo of all times, the best voice, and just the best sound ever. And they were all teenagers. Such talent.

If you could tour the world with 2 other bands, who would you ask to join?


There are not many bands that are playing today which I really like THAT much that I would want to tour the world with them.
But if I could travel back in time I’d quite happily tour with The Beatles in 1963, and then I’d tour with the Damned in 1977 although that would probably be painful.
Magic can happen when you are playing in front of a crowd. What was the first time it happened?

It happened at our first and only gig in April this year! hahaha!

If the budget was unlimited, how would you record the next record?

The best analog studio in the world… Wherever that might be. I don’t want to get any ideas so I’m not going to do any research.

Or we would just actually buy a manor house and buy the best equipment and the best instruments in the world and get Mole to do some work.

Every family birthday, same story. Again, you have to explain what kind of band you are in. What’s the story this time for aunt Jenny and uncle Clive?


Aha! That’s a good one, what a pain in the backside! I always say to people who don’t know the kind of music we play and like that we aim to sound a bit like the rolling stones. (laughs)

What would change if Disney would call and tell you they are going to use your song in their next movie?


Well, that would pay the bills for a while.

What’s up for the rest of the year?


We have just returned to the studio at North Down Sound in Folkestone, Kent to record 5 tracks. We are looking to put out a single soon and another album in the nearish future.

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