After 16 consecutive nights on the road, all Jack Penate claims he was looking forward to was a quiet Sunday night at home in Battersea with a nice cuppa and Antiques Roadshow on the box, but as he ploughed his way through yet another adoring sell-out crowd, it was clear that the 22-year-old one-to-watch was actually well up for his third feverish session in “O Town”.
|Jack with Patrick Swayze|
Possessed by the most British of pop sensibilities and veneered with a distinctly Cockney romance, young Jack jumps, jives and knee slides around the stage like he’s fresh outta the box. With sharp, observational lyrics loosely clothed in the same lager-soaked check as fellow troubadour Jamie T, the cheeky chap’s preaching to the converted - the children of the MySpace revolution – and they LOVE it!
His winsome rockabilly ditties form an analogy for heartbreak and happiness - no better expressed than in the breakneck deliverance of debut single, Second, Minute Or Hour – a tale of love not won, nor lost…just never there at all!
Of course, no Penate party is complete without Jack dishing out Love Hearts sweets and the now legendary mass stage invasion from a swarm of sweaty pretty young things to Torn On The Platform. The resulting carnage leaves everybody grinning, security flustered and a distortion peddle stranded.
“D’you know what?” says Jack in his chirpy trademark Saaf Lahndun drawl. “Whoever’s got it…keep it! Just make sure you play a Telecaster through it and not a Gibson!”