Based out of Oxford, Jonquil was formed as a bedroom recording project. Not that DIY recording has stopped them, as they previously released a split 7″ with Solid Gold Dragons (Jonquil bass/trumpet player Sam Scott) and their EP ‘One Hundred Suns’ that way. However, they moved from the bedroom to a studio for their latest release, ‘Point of Go,’ which dropped February 21 in the US via Dovecote Records to quite a few great reviews. (They also made it onto some “Bands to Watch” lists.) Even though the band, as well as their sound, aren’t exactly a mystery anymore, their name certainly is. What is the meaning behind the use of the jonquil? Does it have to do with the lore of the flower, or are they just fans of horticulture? Luckily, the band demystified their name for us, and it is actually much simpler than one might have guessed.
Who came up with the band name?
Hugo [Manuel, vocalist/keyboardist] did.
Was there a selection process?
Yes, the selection process was pretty wet. The idea of a flower as a band name came before which flower in particular, so naturally a horticultural book was involved.
Is there a particular meaning behind the name?
It’s a flower, like a little daffodil.
What’s the best name that you considered but rejected?
‘Sun sets in the centre of the universe’ but that was a running joke.
What’s the worst name that you considered using?
Cow Cow, which is equally a joke and not a joke. We settled on Jonquil pretty quickly.
Any regrets about the name you chose?
When we stopped being folky, the unshakeable folk attachments were bothersome for a long time, but I think we’re over the hill on that shit.
Pick up Jonquil’s new album, Point of Go.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.