No Coincidence DownloadJocasta
Release date: June 1997
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03 Life In A Day
04 Change Me
05 Actress (featuring Jo Richards)
06 Leave The Light On
07 Something To Say
08 Single As Hell
10 Face You
12 Inside Out
This album is only being shared until Sony BMG make it available, at which point we will of course take it down from this site.
Jocasta were Tim Arnold (Vocals, Guitar, Piano ), Jack Reynolds ( Lead Guitar ), Adrian Meehan ( Drums ) and Andy Lewis ( Bass ).
They formed whilst Tim and Jack were still at school in the early nineties, but became professional in 1995 when all four members of the band moved to London and after doing 6 gigs (the last of which included a string section led by Allan Simpson) they were signed to Sony.
There are few better words to describe the sound of Jocasta than 'epic'. Lyrically pre-empting the fascination of London that later became de rigeur with the Libertines et al, Tim and Jack worked in an illegal Soho Bar, thus the debut album No Concidence was full of tales of prostitutes, dealers and the characters of the dodgy west end that the band frequented .
Musically, Jocasta were the forerunners for what we now know as alternative stadium rock, pre-empting the success of bands like Muse, Coldplay and Snow Patrol.
One early quote of Arnold's : "I wanted to hear Black Sabbath jamming with the Philharmonic" gives an idea of what the album is like and indeed, the London Symphony Orchestra played on five of the album tracks, most notably Inside Out. The top forty single Go was only one side of the band. Songs like Perfect and Single as Hell were what made the band stand out from the crowd, often drawing comparisions to Crowded House.
Jocasta went from strength to strength both critically and in popularity throughout 1997, until a week before Arnold's 22nd birthday when due to change of clientele and boring politics, Sony dropped the band by fax on the same day the album was released.
As anyone who saw their shows will tell you, Jocasta were a great British band of the '90's. This album is a testement of four young musicians challenging the boundaries of popular music and succeeding.
Q magazine said in a prophetic review of their debut album: "This is a highly impressive debut whose breadth of vision suggests an ambition not easily sated, and the mixture of searing power pop, swooning serenades and swelling string sections is often magnificent.". Long live Jocasta.