The success of the singles earned the band much praise at Radio and a rosy future was believed to be likely. However, in early 1996, Jeremy Pierce, the managing director of LRD announced he would be leaving Sony to set up Richard Branson’s newly formed label V2 Records. Although he had intended to take Jocasta over to V2, the band had recently been getting attention from Radio DJ’s Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe. Ever keen to protect their investment, Sony kept the band and moved them over to Epic Records to be looked after by the head of the company, Rob Stringer. Epic released the single ‘Something to Say’ and upon poor sales, decided to re-release the bands previous singles ‘Go’ and ‘Change Me’.
Although an artistically frustrating move for the band, it worked. At the start of 1997, ‘Go’ was ‘A listed’ by BBC Radio One and championed by Jo Whiley as single of the week, it also featured on a number of TV shows, including the BBC Saturday morning show, Alive and Kicking and ITV’s Video Tec. After a short European tour, Epic then re-released ‘Change Me’ which became Mark Radcliffe’s single of the week, again at Radio One. By then, a growing fan base expected Jocasta to become a huge success. Arnold’s writing was unique in the unprecedented way he infused his poetry in the band’s music, also bridging the gap between his classical arrangements and rock sensibilities.
It set Jocasta apart from the herd, more Britrock than Britpop. The debut album, ‘No Coincidence’, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, is a collection of well-crafted and powerful songs that should have become cult anthems. The band played enjoyed a great live following, but the sort of fate that was a favourite subject of Arnold’s songs (and the source of his band’s name) took a sad turn. In a bid to win the ‘Business As Usual Award’, Sony terminated the contract on the day the album was released. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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