New Album: The Voluntary Butler Scheme

As a man from the Midlands myself, and implicitly the West, I can honestly say that we are not renowned for producing oddball indie singer-songwriters. If you want heavy rock, that’s fine! We’ll give you Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, no worries. But quirky indie-pop isn’t really our forte. Therefore, and with a great deal of local pride, may I refer you towards a little known artist from Dudley who has done the unthinkable and broke out of the West Midlands music scene producing music which doesn’t involve crunching power chords and shredding guitar solos. Rob Jones, aka The Voluntary Butler Scheme, is a one man band, bedroom-pop eccentric who has found himself being championed by the likes of NME, BBC Radio, XFM and Q Magazine.

The Voluntary Butler Scheme will release a new album, called The Grandad Galaxy, on July 18th courtesy of Split Records. “I like a lot of music and I always have,” says Jones, 26. “For ages I didn’t know how to make a lot of the music I like, so my first album focussed on soul-y pop with ‘70s Nick Lowe inspiration. But I’ve been nerding out every day for the last 11 years about how to do things, and it’s coming together now.”

You can catch The Voluntary Butler Scheme live at the following dates this May:

Wed 11th: London – The Social (BBC Introducing)

Tue 17th: Brighton Komedia w/ Steve Mason

Wed 18th:  London – Barfly w/ The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club

Thu 19th: Leicester – Sumo w / TVEGC

Fri 20th: Leeds – Milo w / TVEGC

Mon 23rd:  Nottingham – Bodega w/TVEGC

And now watch the video for ‘Do The Hand Jive’ underneath: