Jody and the Jerms new single ‘Divine’ is out on 1 November, but Joyzine readers can enjoy a delicious slice of their optimistic pop, and see the video, ahead of the official release. It’s the culmination of a full-on year which has included playing 50 shows across the UK, an album release – Wonder – which received a lot of positive reviews from the press including Rolling Stone.
‘Divine’ is about “hope and belief in an increasingly cruel world” and the mix of minor key verses and a major key chorus creates a wonderful tension between the seriousness of the verses talking about countering negativity and holding on to love, and the soaring chorus which revels in love found and celebrated. Vocalist Jody Jeger says: “There is so much heartbreak in the World right now that I wanted to write something affirming about love and believing in finding it against the odds.“
Guitarist Niall Jeger also gives some insight into the song’s genesis “What with all this talk of AI in music, we bucked the trend with a happy accident when we woke up one morning after playing a festival. All our guitars were locked in the van, so Pete (guitar) said we don’t need instruments to write and started humming the main riff. Steve (drums) happened to record it on his phone, then we drank coffee, got back in the van, drank something stronger and forgot about it for six weeks. Then I asked for the recording and Jody, and I turned it into Divine one productive afternoon”.
‘Pop’ can often be used as a negative, hinting at either shallow or cynically manufactured music but with Jody and the Jerms the music is awash with a wonderful humanity that feels born out of friendship and love. Divine indeed.
Review by Paul F Cook