Money, an English band from Manchester formed in 2011 with members Jamie Lee ( vocals/guitar) Charlie Cocksedger ( guitar/keyboards) Billy Byron ( drums) and Scott Beaman ( Bass/keyboard). Beaman was later replaced with current member Nick Delap.
In January of 2012, Money released their debut single, Who’s Going To Love You Now, with independent record label SWAYS, but by the end of the same year, they were signed with Bella Union, where they began recording their debut album.
The album, The Shadow of Heaven was self produced and released in August of 2013. They toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the US before hitting the studio again to begin work on their second album Suicide Songs, which was released this past January ( 2016 )
The record is personal to lead man Jamie Lee, who wrote it during troubled times, where there was
” dispute about the music direction, songs but no palpable direction. The outlook was often very bleak”
Luckily, the band stuck together and relocated to South London, emerging 3 months later with Suicide Songs.
Jamie says of the albums title..
” It seemed to make sense for the period since I was dabbling with an unworldly attitude toward life, though that has changed now. But we don’t want to come across just in a negative way. We don’t want to glorify mental illness either. Above all else, I am just trying to project and portray a poetic truth. By rummaging around in your feelings and trying to make sense of life to the detriment of your health, there might be some poetic value to what you have created”
And the band does at times seem negative in their brutal honesty, but they are also funny, witty and extremely grateful for what they have created. It was their honesty, when we set down and talked to them, an interview we will post tomorrow, that made us respect and appreciate their creativity, more than we did going into the talk. ( That, and their dry sense of humor that kept us laughing ) All of us here at the blog agreed, that Money was one of our favorite interviews of the festival.