- 09 Nov 16
It’s been six years since Irish urban troubadour Jinx Lennon put out his last studio effort. He’s now set to simultaneously release two new albums – and is still sounding as angry and acerbic as ever.
“I was like one of those big trawlers scraping the bottom of the sea,” says Jinx Lennon of his lengthy absence from the music scene. “I’d just pulled everything out and there was nothing left.” Although the Dundalk-based punk poet released the compilation album, Hungry Bastard Hibernia, in 2011, it’s been a full six years since his last studio offering, National Cancer Strategy.
While Lennon married and became a father in the interim, it wasn’t just those domestic distractions slowing his productivity. “To me, songwriting is like a Garden of Eden,” he explains, speaking in a strong, unadulterated Louth accent. “There has to be something there that you can go back to, and a few ideas at hand that you can sort of pick and choose from, but there really was nothing left. So it took me a good while to get back into the frame of mind to get back to writing again.”
Part of the problem was that he seriously disliked the fictional characters he had been singing about. “What happened with the last album I had out was that I suddenly realised it was a poisoned chalice for me,” he reflects. “I always feel like a Bible salesman when I’m trying to push the albums. I have to believe in them. And what happened with the last album was I realised I hated all the characters in it.