Lord Jane


Lord Jane: “It was always intentional to step away from heavier music from our other bands to express a more soft and mature style of writing”

It’s not often I feature a band the day after the release of their debut single, but perhaps it should be. Lord Jane, from Belfast, have plenty of musical cred built up already, being something of a supergroup made up of members from a series of heavy bands located all over Ulster. They’ve been together in a development phase since 2022, but with debut single ‘I Did It To Myself’ seem to be laying down a marker when it comes to self-examination, riffs, and dark themes.

I caught up with the band on the day the single came out, to uncover a little of their backstory and what their hopes are for the growth of a side project that lives in the emo-rock world, stepping away from all their usual musical angles…

First of all, can you give me a little background on the band? How did you come to be?

The band first came about in a moment of madness, or perhaps boredom from Dylan and Sam. A duo that have played together for years, from the iconic North Coast. After a few jams it was quickly established as something with great potential and after a couple more weeks Carl joined on bass followed by Aidan with an additional guitar. This was the basis for it of course, and we had fun as an instrumental band but it was always going to need vocals in our heads. Luckily fate would be on our side, and Clodagh joined the band as our lead singer, which really solidified the sound. The band consists of members from all corners of Ulster and it feels like we have all found a place at our HQ in Belfast to make music together, fully express ourselves creatively and really find a passion for music again.

How do your various other outlets fit in with the new project?

The band is somewhat a supergroup of various other projects from around Ireland. Dylan from Wohn, Sam comes from Ferals, Carl from Mob Wife, Aidan from Big Daisy and finally Clodagh has her own solo outlet. All very experienced in their own ways, but a varied style of music across the board also – considering the styles of some of those bands, Lord Jane is a very different beast. It was always intentional to step away from heavier music from our other bands to express a more soft and mature style of writing.

Presumably you have more than one song ready to go. How did you go about picking a debut single?

We toyed with the idea of releasing a more ‘radio friendly’ song but it always had to be ‘I Did it to Myself’. It was probably the 2nd or 3rd song we wrote together, and the first time we played it together as a 5-some it just clicked. That thought of “you know this is actually not bad” really stuck, but more poignantly we knew we had something, the sound clicked in that moment. We have other songs that are more poppy, and even some that tail the other direction of experimentality, but this is the song that everyone needs to hear first in our opinion. A real statement of what the band does best, crying at a disco, dancing at a funeral.

There’s a real element of self examination in the single’s lyrics. Does it relate to a particular experience?

The great thing about being part of such a collaborative band is that we all inspire each other. So when it came to writing the lyrics of this song, it didn’t come from just one particular experience, but a collective 5-person voice. The funny thing is, before Clodagh came on board, the music that was already written was all assigned random names based on vibes. None of those titles have changed during the process, Clodagh just took the vibe and ran with it, producing introspective writing that’s relatable to a lot of different experiences.