Jen Stevens & the Hiccups, and their cheeky brand of brave folk/blue/jazz pop (with definite rock influences!), hail from sunny South Shields in Tyne & Wear. Formed originally in early 2005, when Jen decided to put a band together to concentrate on her original material, the band as it stands has been going strong since Summer 2006.
JS&tH's first album, 'Meg's Hill' was recorded at the Cluny Studios in Newcastle, and released by 'Major 7 Records' in 2007. They celebrated with a launch night at the world-famous Sage Gateshead, with a special performance to 300 of the band's family, friends, and specially invited guests. Their current album, 'Better Frame of Mind' was recorded at Aquarium Studios in South Shields, and the band are very proud to call it their first independent release.
"Powerful and creative." - Chris Difford (Squeeze)
"Extraordinary." - the Evening Chronicle
"Highly recommended...Sheer quality." - Street Voice News
Jen is an experienced and passionate live performer, doing 20 gigs per month on average, both as part of a duo with Aaron Dixon-Cave and with the full band for the past six years. Her voice has been described as “inimitably beautiful,” and her songs as “incredibly powerful and moving, with heart-wrenching lyrics.”
“In the last four years I've travelled more than 30000 miles to watch live music. Then someone introduced me to Jen and the Hiccups ...... and they are in my home town! An amazingly talented group of musicians, a voice I would travel miles to listen to, and such nice people too.”
Highlights of the band's career so far include:
*Supporting SQUEEZE in 2011.
*Filming, directing and producing videos for the songs 'Diva' and 'Smoke,' from 'Better Frame of Mind.'
*The home release of their second album 'Better Frame of Mind' (2011).
*Performances in some top North-East venues, including headlining the Catherine Cookson Festival at the Amphitheatre in their home town of South Shields.
*Performance at the Teenage Cancer Trust Bandstand, where JS&tHs shared a bill with Roger Daltry (The Who), Jimmy Nail, Maximo Park , and Vic Reeves.
*Sharing a stage with a host of North East stars when they played at 'Sunday for Sammy' 2008.
*Acclaimed live sessions at Metro Radio, Spark FM, NE1FM and BBC Radio.
*Recording and releasing their début album 'Meg's Hill' (2007).
* Recording and release of the bands' début single, 'Me Syndrome,' the video for which was filmed,
directed and produced by Geoff Wonfor ('Beatles Anthology,' 'Paul McCartney:Live at the Cavern Club, 'The Tube').