Saffron Walden Blues & Rock Weekender preview: Introducing...Too Cool Kid

Jay Plent, 17, aka Too Cool Kid. Jay Plent, 17, aka Too Cool Kid.

Friday, September 5, 2014
1:40 PM

Also playing on the Friday night at the Blues & Rock Weekender is the enigmatic and mysterious Too Cool Kid.

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The Blues & Rock Weekender - main event

The Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Revue Band, ­regulars at Saffron Walden Carnival for the past 26 years, are to entertain hundreds of people this weekend.

Their appearance on Saturday, at Saffron Walden Cricket Club, is part of a two-day event to raise money for the cricket club’s youth academy and the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund.

Kicking off the double-header on the Friday night will be headliners Remus Down Boulevard, featuring former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, Dave Edwards, of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Martin ‘Magic’ Johnson, of Guthrie Govan and The Sweet, and Lol D’ell, of Southside Blues Band and Dirty Lions.

Dennis, who now lives in Saffron Walden, said: “We’ll play a mixture of stuff, from RDB original material to Story covers and a bit of Iron Maiden. The music will range from heavy metal to Eric Clapton.

“A number of us cancelled gigs to play at this concert, because it’s for a great cause, and we hope people will come out and support it.”

Tickets, £10 for Friday night and £20 for Saturday night, are available from the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, either in person or by calling 01799 524002, and Wayletts of Thaxted.

Who is Too Cool Kid?

The act is the brainchild of 17-year-old Jay Plent, from Saffron Walden. The Saffron Walden County High student has been playing music for about five years and was in several bands before this solo project.

Jay: “Too Cool Kid began as a simple idea to record a few tracks totally independent of a ‘band’ format, but it has transformed into an identity and attitude of itself, as Too Cool Kid mocks the conventions of ‘cool’ in traditional music.”

Influences

Jay: “My family used to play a lot of The Who and The Beatles and I have a load of CDs in my house. My dad played guitar and when the opportunity came for me to have lessons, too, I took it and absolutely loved it. I’ve got into more modern rock music and alternative rock recently, bands like The Strokes and Bloc Party, and before that it was Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine.”

How do you go about writing songs?

Jay: “I think it’s more important to write a really good hook and a catchy melody than this awesome guitar solo.”

What do you have in store for the audience on Friday night?

Jay: “They can expect multi-layered melodic rock music with a bigger sound than you’d expect.”

Why did you create Too Cool Kid?

Jay: “It gave me complete creative control and I decided to front this person whereby people didn’t know me directly but came across Too Cool Kid on the internet. I wanted to keep it quite enigmatic and mysterious. I recorded an EP and put it up for download and the response has been amazing.

“Since then, I’ve taken part in radio interviews on local stations, as well as having a track Under Your Breath stay in the Cambridge 105 chart for 20 weeks, four of which at No.1.”

How does it feel to be chosen to play at this Friday’s gig?

Jay: “This will be the first proper Too Cool Kid gig so I’m really excited. I’m happy to be part of what will be a great night and all for a fantastic couple of charities.”

Find out more about Too Cool Kid

toocoolkid.bandcamp.com/

soundcloud.com/too-cool-kid

facebook.com/toocoolkidbanduk

Too Cool Kid will be taking to the stage at 9.05pm on Friday evening. To get your tickets visit Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, call 01799 524002, or pop into Wayletts of Thaxted. Tickets are also available online from the-trumpet.co.uk.

• Throughout today and tomorrow we will preview the band and musicians who will be playing at the Blues & Rock Weekender so keep checking back to the Reporter’s website.

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