THEY’RE called The Jacks - and they hope their music will give a Christmas lift to homeless people in Sheffield.
The popular local band - made up of Bobby Arechiga, aged 51, on drums, Pete Eason, 51, on vocals, Danny Fox, 32, on bass guitar and Richard Lawrence-Day, 47, on guitar and vocals - have recorded Hail The Homeless, with all proceeds to the charity Shelter.
Richard said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year for most people in this country but for some it can be one of the loneliest and bleak periods in the calendar.
“It’s the time of year when temperatures drop and days become shorter, not a good situation if you don’t have shelter from the elements, a basic human need for survival along with water, food and clothing.
“The idea for Hail The Homeless: A Christmas Song came from a band jam session and is based upon a harmonic pattern on the guitar I have been nurturing for a while.
“It occurred to me it had a distinctly Christmassy feel which was a departure from the band’s usual style.”
He added: “The idea was developed into a melancholy, seasonal song with a first person perspective lyric, the idea being to try and put the listener into the position of a homeless person living on the streets.
“We could never create the real misery of this terrible situation but we may be able to make people pause from their busy lives, listen to the song and think.”
The band was formed by Richard as The Wildcats in 2007.
It consisted of the songwriting and production partnership of Richard and Pete Eason.
Pete and Richard went on to write and record two albums worth of material and created a healthy online following by offering free downloads to anyone who joined The Wildcats mailing list.
Demand for live shows grew and Bobby and Danny were recruited to complete The Wildcats’ line-up.
Richard, who works for the council as a trainer added: “I give regularly to Shelter and feel very strongly about the plight of homeless people, especially at this very family oriented time of year.”
n Log onto www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jacks/ to hear and buy the song.