Incendiary Jinx Lennon returns for show in cityOctober 5, 2012 - 7:00am
One of Ireland’s most incendiary live acts, the singer-songwriter Jinx Lennon has been championed by the likes of John Cooper Clarke and Christy Moore. Although some of his songs come across as almost spoken word pieces, Jinx also knows how to write a chorus.
“Before I started Jinx Lennon the Band I was in was very melodic,” he says. “I’ve always been a pop fan. [I like] Burt Bacharach; my parents were into The Beatles. I grew up with the Mamas and the Papas on the radio. So that’s coming back into my music, it’s getting a lot more melodic.”
Way back before the bubble burst, Jinx raged against the property boom in Houses. He has addressed racism in Stop Giving out about Nigerians and poverty in The City of Styrofoam Cups. Jinx is still concerned with the state of things, but his vital sense of dark humour prevails.
“I’m getting a lot more power out of it,” he says. “I’m still singing about the issues, the issues are harder. But I’m finding that to get the medicine down, you need a bit of sugar. Personally, I’m finding it a lot more enjoyable.
“If I can resonate with the audience, then it’s a bit better. I will definitely do that and look to see if I can uplift people better.”
l Jinx Lennon plays upstairs in the Róisín Dubh on Thursday, October 11 and it’s a show that should not be missed. Doors at 9pm, tickets €5.