Originally from Buckinghamshire, England, Benjamin Weston was brought up on and inspired by the music of ELVIS PRESLEY, BOBBY VEE, ROY ORBISON, BILLY JOEL, BEACH BOYS, ELVIS COSTELLO, RAMONES, CROWDED HOUSE & GREEN DAY.
Weston has always had a passion for music from the 50′s and 60′s, spending most of his early years singing along to his father’s Elvis Presley records. Weston has previously stated that in the 60′s his father was a ‘Rocker’ and his mother was a ‘Mod’.
In the mid 90’s Weston was inspired by the new wave & energy of music that was coming through from the US, such as bands like GREEN DAY, SOUL ASYLUM, WEEZER, SUBLIME etc. He soon started to compose songs using 50s & 60s melodies with the drive and power of modern rock and the raw energy, simplicity and hooks of power-pop and pop-punk.
He formed and fronted his first band while still at school and was soon writing, recording and performing his songs live at venues locally in the towns & cities of South-East England.
He was co-founder and singer of London based power-pop-punk band THE BOMBJACKS.
After years of writing, recording and touring both nationally and internationally, THe BOMBJACKS broke up after their tour of Japan in 2005. It was around that time that Weston had written enough material for his solo debut album ‘IT’S 7AM SOMEWHERE’.
Shortly after recording the 10 track debut album at Ignition Studios in London, Weston went traveling to America & Japan and played venues & bars in California & Nevada in the USA and Tokyo & Osaka in Japan.
After settling in Japan, Weston formed a backing band and headlined a solo tour. He also regulary performed in a resident house bands at numerous venues and recorded session vocals for Universal Japan.
Weston survived a serious road accident while living in Japan in 2008, and he was forced to take a lengthly break from music and questioned if he would even be able to play guitar again.
The Bombjacks reformed for one reunion performance in UK in 2011. Weston also performed two live solo sets.
During his rehabilitation and break from music and writing, Weston was uninspired by the latest music at the time. Apart from a few Independent artists, he was only listening to music mainly from the 1950′s & 60′s. He always wanted to record an album true to the sounds of that era, so he began writing material for the concept album THE FALL OF ’58.
FALL OF ’58 was recorded and produced by good friend and band mate Lester Woodward at Blue Fox Music, and in Weston’s home in UK 2012.
The album was released in 2013 and shows Weston’s voice and song writing at it’s peak.
The album loosely follows the story and reminiscence of a summer romance, between high school drop out and petty criminal Joey Kallon, & high school prom queen and Stanford university hopeful Marin Weiss.
Both albums THE FALL OF ’58 & IT’S 7AM SOMEWHERE are available to download now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc through .88 Records.
Currently Weston is writing & working on new material and will be back to his power-pop-rock style for his third album, to be released in 2014.