In anticipation to their show at MOMO Festival 2022, we met up with Jack Merrett, singer of the British outfit Famous. Rising from the London underground scene with an eclectic style that mixes post-punk, Americana and electronic sounds, the band is experimenting its way to an unapologetic pop style. Layered by his performative American accent, Jack’s on-stage persona is a mix of spontaneity and drama, inspired by personalities like Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and David Bowie.
The singer and lyricist dives into his outspoken storytelling, explaining how he draws from personal experience and melts it with fantasy, creating a sort of romantic self-myth making. The Jack of his songs-confessions becomes then a fictional character, and both the author and the listener can see the tragic hero in perspective.
This writing allows to cut his own experience into shape, to be honest with himself and with the people involved. “I work really hard on that, to make sure that I am as fair as I can to everyone who might pop up in a song, because I rarely think that I’m in the right”, he admits.