Sunday September 20, 2020

Vernon Jane: the jazz punks mixing conflict and resolution

The band are all about opposing forces – and it’s evident in their lyrics, which switch between hostility and vulnerability until the two almost merge

1st March, 2020
Emily Jane, frontwoman of Vernon Jane: “There aren’t many platforms to be aggressive as a woman.” Picture: Imagery By Ro

Punk has always offered a space for outsiders. Its ethos is defined by inclusivity; a blank slate mentality that embraces the voices of women, queer people and otherwise marginalised groups. For Emily Jane, frontwoman of jazz-punk band Vernon Jane, punk offers a space for healing.

“There aren’t many platforms to be aggressive as a woman,” she says, sitting in a busy city-centre cafe in Dublin alongside bandmate Joe Curtis (lead guitar). “Everybody has aggression. We...

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