Formed by lead singer song/writer Gary Hector in 1996 out of the debris of his old group Oddfellows Local- the seminal Caribbean rock band of the 90’s - jointpop was an evolutionary leap in the musical experimentation of Hector’s sound.
Formed with some of the most sensitive musicians of T&T’s underground circuit and marshalled by Hector’s brilliant piercing social commentary rock and roll songs the band quickly became the benchmark of brilliant local alternative music and music that had a ready international appeal without sacrificing any of its local relevance. jointpop has walked that tight-rope of balancing foreign and local musical influences and local and international subject matter so effortlessly that one wonders what the fuss was all about…
The secret is the fact that Gary Hector is one of the greatest songwriters that the Caribbean has produced, and is one of its best kept secrets… Hopefully a secret that is about to be revealed with the release of jointpop’s 6th album “The Pot Hounds.”... Apart from this, Hector has always shown a very un-Trinidadian penchant for recording albums. The testament is a collection of albums which constitute the best produced discography of any Trinbagonian act of the last 20 years. This has been due to a commitment to faithfully capture the sound and feel of the dynamic live band in studio - without resorting to any tricks, bell and whistles… The result has been a very accurate record of a talented singer/songwriter and the band of gifted musicians and collaborators he’s shared his journey with. Of note in the latter cohort is lead guitarist Damon Homer, who is Hector’s major collaborator and whose silky sensitive guitar playing is one of the constant revelations of jointpop’s sound.
The live jointpop experience has been seen by fans in the USA and UK with gigs at legendary venues such as CBGB’S ( NYC), 100 Club, The Dublin Castle, Hope and Anchor (London) and The Hootananny (Inverness,Scotland). Famous UK radio DJ’s Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing, London) and Jim Gellatly (Scotland) are long time fans and supporters of jointpop.
In 1977, as a sixth form student in Bedford, England, I was spending every weekend I could in London, and may well have seen the Police, before they were called the Police.