Hartlepool band The Jar Family end year on a high

The Jar Family
The Jar Family

A TOWN band is looking to end a memorable year on a high with two homecoming gigs - before trying to speed up their rapid rise in the new year.

After a busy 2014 on the road, The Jar Family will play back-to-back gigs at The Masonic Hall, in Avenue Road, tonight and tomorrow night.

Hartlepool band Jar Family in the mock up trench at Heugh Battery

Hartlepool band Jar Family in the mock up trench at Heugh Battery

Even though the band enjoy spending time touring and in the recording studio, they admit they like nothing better than performing on their home stage.

Singer Dali said: “This is our town, so it makes sense to keep coming back.

“This year has been manic for us, we’ve been all over the place doing gigs and recording tracks for our third album so it’s nice to be home this week to wrap things up before Christmas.”

The band performed at the same venue earlier this year in front of a sell-out crowd, and a packed Borough Hall this time last year showed the volume of their local fan base.

Band member Richie Docherty added: “There have been so many highlights over the last 12 months.

“It has been busy, and tiring because we all have our own lives away from the band with wives and kids or college or whatever.

“It’s been non-stop, and we have had to juggle a lot. But when we get the reaction that we do at local gigs, it’s all worthwhile.”

The band will release their new album in 2015, as well as three new singles.

And their diary is quickly filling up ahead of another busy year.

Guitarist Chris Hooks said: “In terms of progress, 2014 has been a great year for us. We have spent a lot of time together, and we have really grown.

“I think we have become more of a collective than a group of individuals now, and that will hopefully be reflected in the new album.

“The new album is due out in May, we have a gig lined up in Jersey, there’s talk of going to Germany and there could be some uni tours as well so it’s all looking good.”

The band, which formed five years ago, are a close-knit bunch with youngest member Max Bianco recognised as the joker in the pack.

And while the lads get their “serious heads on” when they take to the stage, Max likes nothing better than experimenting in their free time.

He said: “We have had a few highlights in 2014, the Stockton fireworks display stands out for me when there were 60,000 people there.

“But it’s been great getting around the country and spending time in the studio. We’re close together, we’re like one big family.

“When we’re on stage, we have a lot of fun but it’s all serious. When we’re off stage, however, it’s a right laugh.

“We were in Cambridge in the summer and I put together a little video. It was called Cornman, we were all messing about on it and the craic was brilliant.

“So in 2015, while I’m looking forward to what we have in store, I’ll also make sure we get some time to get Cornman II made.

“That’s my target for 2015.”