Jockstrap are agents of chaos. Comprised of Taylor Skye and Georgia Ellery (of Black Country, New Road), the London duo function as mad scientists — stitching together elements of jazz, modern classical, and glitch pop into beautiful monsters. They thrive within contrasts, often juxtaposing their sophisticated compositions and docile vocals with jolts of harsh noise.

Their debut album I Love You Jennifer B is a culmination of this gleeful mayhem; a delightfully impish record who relishes moments of elegance as much as its moments of destruction. It’s a gorgeous collection of songs that are full of twists and turns at nearly every corner.

We're excited to announce Jockstrap as part of Rough Trade On The Rise, our dedicated curation putting a spotlight on the emerging music we are the most excited for you to hear, to follow and become a fan of. Read on to discover more about them in their own words and make sure you check out new album I Love You Jennifer B, out now.

Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B

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A self-penned bio

Jockstrap formed in 2017 after Georgia Ellery (also of Black Country, New Road) met Taylor Skye at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama where they were studying jazz and electronic composition respectively. Generally speaking their modus operandi has been to produce a violently spatially and temporally disrupted form of pop music which sometimes sees them gleefully break apart existing styles only to expertly reassemble them and other times sees them mint entirely fresh genres. The division of labour used to be simple: Georgia wrote the music and lyrics and sang, while Taylor produced the track, but now the boundary between their roles is becoming porous. Both of them grew up playing and loving classical music and picked up a bug for jazz in college, but their other shared interests include early Annie Mac compilation CDs and Mica Levi, with Taylor having a penchant for Bob Dylan, and Georgia for Joni Mitchell. They have released a clutch of singles, EPs and a mixtape over the last five years already giving rise to something of a press narrative: Georgia sings a classic pre-rock & roll orchestral lounge pop song while Taylor forces it through a post-dubstep blender mixing old with new. But this new album blasts that simplistic reductionism to smithereens.

Five by Five

Describe your band in 5 words.

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5 records you listened to prior to making your album?

Scott walker & Sunno - Soused
Kanye West - Yeezus
Stravinsky - Rite of Spring
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Ethan P Flynn - B-sides and Rarities

Top 5 career moments?

Annie mac play on radio
Club nights in london
Greenman festival 2020
mixing Greatest Hits
first live gig with band

You host a pre-release listening party for the album. Who are your 5 VIP guests (dead or alive)?

ruben ostlund
melvyn bragg
mary lou williams
james mccartney
jeremy fragrance

Top 5 essential tour snacks?