“If I was a
confused, tortured teenager hearing Panic for the first time, I would
burn down a disco, I'd probably assassinate the queen, and I would
definitely form a group – called The Joneses."
Morrissey, in Rolling Stone, October 9th, 1986
The Joneses began life in 2016 with Aidan Sheridan ‘Morrissey’ deciding
to form the band because of his life-long love for Smiths music and an
uncanny resemblance to Morrissey himself. Aidan met Matthieu in Camden
Town, and while none of the two partners had any prior band experience,
both shared similar passion to do justice to the band they loved most.
Soon joined by fellow musicians Neil Batey on bass and Steve Nye on
drums, the band considerably improved their profile in the last 19
months to play 20 gigs across 13 venues in London, Margate & Birmingham
– to rapturous applause & reaction from fellow Smiths fans.
The Joneses have developed a very unique style based on The Smiths live
gigs, as opposed to the studio recordings. This introduces a stripped
down, dramatic show with nods towards punk and rockabilly genres. This
delivers a very lively and engaging show, with performances by Aidan
‘Morrissey’ recreating some of the antics performed by the original
front man, which include wearing tattoos, brandishing and throwing
flowers, undressing, rolling around the stage (where space permits) and
thrashing about in Morrissey’s distinctive style.
Simone Hurst – Switch Radio – Mancunian Mondays radio presenter
‘The Joneses tribute to The Smiths has the best Morrissey front man I
have seen in The Smiths tribute scene, a must see if you can get to
their gigs. They offer something unique in the highly polished Smiths
tribute market – a band that connects with the audience.’
See videos of
the band playing live