Originally from Buckinghamshire, England, Benjamin Weston was brought up on and inspired by the music of ELVIS PRESLEY, BOBBY VEE, ROY ORBISON, BILLY JOEL, BEACH BOYS, ELVIS COSTELLO, RAMONES, CROWDED HOUSE & GREEN DAY.
Weston has always had a passion for music from the 50's and 60's, spending most of his early years singing along to his father’s Elvis Presley records. Weston has previously stated that in the 60's his father was a 'Rocker' and his mother was a 'Mod'.
In the early to mid 90’s Weston was inspired by the new wave & energy of music that was coming through from the US, such as bands like GREEN DAY, SOUL ASYLUM, WEEZER, SUBLIME etc. He soon started to compose songs using 50s & 60s melodies with the drive and power of modern rock and the raw energy, simplicity and hooks of power-pop and pop-punk.
He formed and fronted his first band while still at school and was soon writing, recording and performing his songs live at venues locally in the towns & cities of South-East England.
He was co-founder and singer of London based power-pop-punk band THE BOMBJACKS. Formed in 1998 after years of writing, recording and touring both nationally and internationally, THe BOMBJACKS broke up after their tour of Japan in 2005. THE BOMBJACKS released 4 EPS & the 12 track album 'Batteries Not Included' which was licensed by a major entertainment company in Japan.
In 2006 Weston started writing material for his solo debut album ‘IT’S 7AM SOMEWHERE’. Shortly after recording the 10 track debut album at Ignition Studios in London, Weston went traveling through United States & Japan and played venues & bars in California & Nevada in the USA and from Tokyo to Osaka in Japan.
After settling in Japan, Weston put together a backing band and headlined a solo tour including a headline show in Shibuya, Tokyo. He also regulary performed in a resident house band at venues in Japan & had national radio air play for 'It's 7am Somewhere' & recorded session vocals for Universal Japan.
Weston survived a serious road accident while residing in Japan in 2008, he was forced to take a lengthly break for rehabilitation due to several injuries and questioned if he would even be able to play guitar again.
The Bombjacks reformed for one reunion performance in High Wycombe, UK in 2011. Weston also performed two live solo sets.
During his rehabilitation and break from music and writing, Weston was uninspired by the latest music at the time. Apart from a few Independent artists, he was only listening to music mainly from the 1950's, 60's. He always wanted to record an album true to the sounds of the golden era, so in 2011 he started writing material for the rock 'n' rollvconcept album FALL OF '58.
FALL OF '58 was recorded and produced by good friend and ex-band mate Lester Woodward at Blue Fox Music, and at Weston's home in UK 2012/13.
The album was released 2013 and shows Weston's voice and song writing at it's peak. The album loosely follows the story and reminiscence of a 1958 summer romance, between high school drop out and petty criminal Joseph Kallon & high school prom queen and Stanford university hopeful Marin Weiss.
Shortly after the release of FALL OF '58, Weston started work on several new projects including a recording session at GREEN DAY's JINGLE TOWN studios in Oakland, California with Weston singing vocals on a Punk-Rock album of songs, written by ZAC DAMON (ZOINKS, BIG IN JAPAN, SQUIRTGUN, SCREECHING WEASEL).
WESTON's third solo release was CIRCA '86 EP released in Spring 2015 and leaned towards a more 80's power-pop/New wave sound. The EP also features a cover of 'I don't wanna know if you are lonely' by HÜSKER DU.
Weston is currently working & writing in a three-piece band called SWEET MUTINY with a release & gigs planned for summer 2017.
Both albums THE FALL OF '58, IT'S 7AM SOMEWHERE and CIRCA '86 EP are available to download now, THE BOMBJACKS 'Batteries Not Included' album is also available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most major download stores, through .88 Records.
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