Olivia Jean: "I always wanted to play a Gretsch 6120, but with the amount of dirt I use, that was never going to work!"

Olivia Jean with a Gibson Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker (Image credit: Becca Heup)

The Ronettes-Style imagery, early '60s kitsch vibe and bold colors that grace Olivia Jean’s Night Owl music video are already enough to make an odd but sticky impression on the casual listener. But throw in the hooky riffs and jolting rockabilly, surf and garage-rock feel of the disc as a whole, and you know you’ve stumbled onto something special.

Best of all, Olivia produced the album - Night Owl - herself. And although she played most of the instruments on her last disc, the Jack White-produced Bathtub Love Killings [2014], she got some help in the studio this time around (“It was way too time consuming to record everything myself. It just wasn’t practical, timewise.”) 

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.