The Jokers, who hail from the North West of England, were formed in 2006, with the aim of creating the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Their debut album, “The Big Rock ‘N’ Roll Show”, while mixed by Mike Fraser in Vancouver, (straight after he had mixed AC/DC’s 10 million plus selling “Black Ice” album), was only recorded in guitarist Paul Hurst’s Liverpool living room, with duvets hanging on the walls to help the sound and provide a makeshift vocal booth.
Released in June 2009, “The Big Rock ‘N’ Roll Show” was awarded 8/10 in Classic Rock’s Summer 2009 issue by scribe Dom Lawson. The band then spent two years on the road building a substantial live following supporting the likes of Hawkwind, Y&T, Joe Elliot & The Down N Outz, Argent, Anvil and Fozzy, selling over 8000 CD’s and 6,000 downloads of “The Big Rock ‘N’ Roll Show” on their own independent record label along the way.
The Jokers then hooked up with producer Andy Macpherson (Eric Clapton, The Who, Barclay James Harvest, The Buzzcocks etc), and began writing their second album, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Alive”, in his Revolution Studio in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, early in 2011. After two years of perfectionist recording and mixing sessions, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Alive” was finally mastered by Tim Young at Metropolis studios in London in February 2013. When massive hard rock label SPV/Steamhammer’s Head Of A&R Olly Hahn heard the album he immediately offered the Jokers a worldwide record deal and scheduled “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Alive” for release in September 2013.
“Hurricane”, the third album by the four-piece (vocalist Wane Parry and guitarist Paul Hurst with the two new additions Dan Evans on drums and Phil Hartley on bass), is out on September 2015 on Steamhammer/SPV.