Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty with Jess Clemmons


We’ve caught up with Jess Clemmons, vocalist with Jess and the Bandits, to talk about their upcoming headline tour, and also her exciting new venture with UK clothing company Evans.  Read on for details about how you can be a part of it all!

EP:  Since we last spoke, you have had incredible success with your debut album ‘Here We Go Again’ reaching number 6 in the country charts. Were you surprised by the amazing way the album received?

JC: Yes! We worked so hard on this album and we thought it was pretty awesome but you never know what others thing. To find out people love it as much as you do, that means everything.

EP: You’re planning your first UK Headline tour in October, where will you be visiting and what can people expect from your show?

JC: People can expect lots of energy and a good ol’ party! We aren’t that kind of band who stands around and sings ballads. We much prefer to rock out… With a ballad or two mixed in to give us a chance to rest a bit! haha!

EP: You have recently become the ambassador for the plus size fashion retailer Evans’  #STYLEHASNOSIZE campaign. Can you tell us a bit about the campaign?

JC: This is such a great campaign from Evans that I am honoured to be a part of. We live in a day where we have one group of people saying that you’re not good enough if you aren’t a size zero and then on the opposite side there are others saying, real women have curves. Finally we have something that is inclusive of everyone. Saying that you can be fabulous regardless of your size, whether it be a 2 or a 22.

EP: What does it mean to you to have been asked by Evans to become an official ambassador and spokesperson for self confidence and positive body image?

JC: Oh it means so much! I have always hoped I could in some way help others who have gone through the same things I have. Women, regardless of their size, need someone they can look up to who is real. I hope that is who I can be for them.

EP: The new video for your single  ‘Nitty Gritty’ will be filmed in association  with Evans, what makes this song ideal for the campaign?

JC: Because their campaign is inclusive of all women and says that style has no size, Nitty Gritty is perfect. The chorus says, ‘don’t matter if you’re fat, don’t matter if you’re skinny. Ain’t about that, you’ve gotta know you’re pretty. When it comes down, down to the nitty gritty. It ain’t complicated, we’re all the same. When it comes down, down to the nitty gritty”. That is the truth!


EP: You have launched a social media ‘body confidence’ competition to find 10 people to star in the video, what will these stars be doing?

JC: We have a lot of ideas for this but let’s put it this way, we will make sure they are rocking their figures!

EP: What kind of people are you looking for?

JC: Every lady out there is a candidate for the video! We want some of all ages, races, sizes… You name it!

EP: How easy is it to enter the competition to take part in the video?

JC: It is so easy! All they have to do is write down their body confidence manta, send it in to Evans here: OR tweet @evansclothing and @jessthebandits the picture with the hashtag #EvansStyleMantra and #StyleHasNoSize. They can also do the same thing on Instagram!

EP: What advice would you offer to anyone reading this who is struggling with their own body image issues?

JC: Find things about yourself that you love! Do you have great legs, gorgeous hair, beautiful eyes? Focus on those things. If you want to lose weight and/or get healthy, do it for you. While you transition in your journey, love yourself at each stage. It isn’t easy but eventually you will find that confidence.

EP: When can we expect to see the video?

JC: Very early August.


Jess and the Bandits will be playing at the following:

Summer Festivals:

11th July – Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire

13th July – Robin Park Arena, Wigan

18th July – SummerTyne Festival, Gateshead (with Callaghan)

25th July – Ramblin Man Festival, Maidstone

4th Sept – Cottingham Folk Festival (with The Shires)

16th Oct – Fort San Antone Festival, Preston


Headline Tour:

20th Oct – Nottingham, The Bodega

24th Oct – Dublin, Whelan’s

27th Oct – Bristol, Louisiana

28th Oct – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

20th Oct – Manchester, Gulliver’s

31st Oct – Glasgow, King Tuts

About the author

Juliet is married with one daughter, a dog and a cat. She grew up in East London, but currently resides in Hertfordshire.

Having spent her formative years in the Mod scene, she has a lot of love for the 60’s...and the music of the Mod Father, Mr Paul Weller.

Juliet has always loved to write and began training to be a journalist, before ill health caused her to put her life on hold.

Two kidney transplants later, she still enjoys all kinds of writing, including poetry, and has had several poems published in various magazines and anthologies. She likes needlecraft, is big on animal rights and loves discovering brilliant new artists that the main stream media may have overlooked.

Last, but by no means least, she has a lot of love for two very talented Irish twins, you may know them as Jedward :)

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