New Music Monday: Jake Bugg

Folk-rocker Jake Bugg talks ghosts, John Green and criticism


After two albums, multiple awards and five years in the music business, Jake Bugg still finds ways to branch out of his artistic comfort zone.

The 22-year-old left school at age 16 and by 18, he had released his self-titled album, drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.  A year later when he released “Shangri La”, he continued his simple style while adding more grit.  His third studio album, “On My One”, released in June, drew criticism from industry professionals and fans alike.

Pitchfork writer Laura Snapes called the new album “unauthentic” and went further to say Bugg “has nothing to say”.  Jake’s response to the pressure? “No one could put more pressure than I put on myself”

Bugg says he never goes into a song thinking what it should sound like beforehand.  This could explain how “On My One” became such an eclectic album, featuring songs that ranged from rap-inspired to funky and psychedelic.

Listen to the full interview above!

Jake Bugg performed September 20 at the Pabst Theater, for a full setlist and review of his show take a look here: