Stereophonics Kelly Jones: “This is the truest thing I’ve ever written”

Tell us a story: Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics says his love of narrative songs is due to his upbringing in South Wales

Tell us a story: Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics says his love of narrative songs is due to his upbringing in South Wales
28 Feb 2013

The nondescript terraced building down a side street in Shepherd’s Bush doesn’t look like much. The front door opens on to a clean, white office that could pass as the reception for a medical practice. Only the sound of Otis Redding Live playing on a vinyl turntable hints at something else, and a glimpse of guitars and piano in the neat and tidy rooms beyond.

“We wanted a place to hang out,” says Kelly Jones, guitarist and lead singer with the Stereophonics, as he shows me around the band’s HQ. “We’ve done a lot, achieved a lot, failed here and there, succeeded here and there. I think it was just time to press pause.” He wrinkles his nose a bit at the prospect of showing me the room downstairs where they keep the drums. “It’s like a serial killer’s den down there. We’ve got rubber on the walls to keep the sound down, it smells like an S&M dungeon. All that’s missing is the manacles.”

The Stereophonics have been ensconced here for two years, writing and recording. They released their last album in 2009, and last did a major tour in 2010. With their contract at Universal at an end, the band decided it was time for a fresh direction.

“I wanted to change the way we worked,” says Jones. “Find new ways of writing, new ways of listening…

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