For The Sixties Inspired Classic Mod

Brighton’s North Laine is home to one of mod clothing’s most classic apparel shops. Running for the past twenty years and located at 36 Gardener Street, Jump The Gun offers the greatest dapper attire for the sixties inspired mod.


Jump The Gun claim “we don’t do fashion; we are simply guided by what looks and feel right and for us that’s early to mid sixties.”




With the shop starting up in the nineties, after the eighties mod-revival, Jump The Gun is an example of mod’s aesthetic and lifestyle enduring into the contemporary day. Adam Le Roy of Jump The Gun explains how mod fashion still has a market place in 2016 as “normal people can wear it”. “Because, you know, its not like green hair and leather jackets, you can go to work wearing a good suit…” he says. “You can have a normal job, go to work wearing a suit and tie but still have your style. So it’s kind of an acceptable youth culture in a way.”


Jump The Gun stick to the accessible style of the sixties with their range, careful to conserve a true mod ideology with their clothing. The Brighton store likes to keep it classic, looking to the early mod scene of the late fifties to the early sixties. “Therefore we are a bit more jazzy, influenced by that kind of modern jazz scene from the late fifties and the early sixties,” says Le Roy. “So we’re a little bit more blokey rather than dandy, you know?”




So why should a mod dresser choose to take their business to Jump The Gun? Because the store prioritises honest fashion over the banality of mainstream style.


To read our entire interview with Adam Le Roy of Jump The Gun in full, get your hands on your copy of issue #1 unrelenting mod here.

Photos taken by THE MOVER at Jump The Gun.



The Mover Asks The Jam’s Rick Buckler, Author Simon Wells And Writer Daniel Rachel: Is Mod The Eternal Subculture?


THE MOVER was interested to uncover why mod’s lasting aesthetic still influences contemporary youth. Whilst other subcultures have dwindled or become lost over time, mod seems to be the sole subculture to stand evolution across the decades. In speaking with a collection of classic mod enthusiasts, we uncover mod’s durability.


As Author of ‘Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life (Inside The Making Of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film)’, Simon Wells’ mod passions began during the mod revival. “The mod revival came straight after punk, and I found that more accessible. Far more stylish and attractive,” says Wells. As the fashion that’s “eternally cool”, the mod writer explains how modernist style never goes out of fashion. “I just think it’s eternally stylish. In a sense like The Beatles will never go out of style,” says Wells.



Simon Wells

Musician turned author Daniel Rachel, writer of Guardian Book of The Year 2013 ‘Isle Of Noises: Conversation’s With Great British Songwriters’, explains how “mod will always have a great fascinating appeal to each successive generation, mainly because of the music.” As a British rude boy, Rachel identified with The Specials and Madness, “It was through identifying with that music and those bands, and wearing those similar clothes I guess, that I began to realise that it mirrored a lot of mod culture,” he says. From the seventies mod revival lead by Paul Weller’s style, to the nineties’ Liam Gallagher and his on-going Pretty Green clothing brand, the mod aesthetic and sound has been inter-generational.



Daniel Rachel: Photo Cred – Lawrence Impey

The Jam drummer Rick Buckler, who grew up alongside school friends Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton in Woking, states that mod is “one of those cultures that will stand the test of time.” Buckler concludes the investigation for us: “I think this because there is such a wealth of new fashion and new music for mod to still feed upon. And as it’s also based on quite a British heritage, there’s lots to look back on and to draw from as well. So I think it will last, it tends to flourish and die away at certain times, but it’s always there.”



Rick Buckler


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MUSIC MOVER #1: Stone Foundation

Stone Foundation look to the future, with the vehement passion of modern soul. Inspired by black American soul music from The Impressions through to seventies Stax recordings, Donny Hathaway and The Isley Brothers, Stone Foundation draw from years of renowned funk and soul. Alluring with contemporary jazz and funk, the eight piece collective bring the magnetism of an iconic past up to date.


Stone Foundation are said to have been born out of ‘necessity’. Why was/is the creative project such a necessity to its members?


The necessity to create, simply playing music isn’t enough really, the whole creative process of writing and recording our own ideas is essential. It’s almost a way of life to us.


It must have taken a long time to congregate the full Stone Foundation line-up. What lead the band to the fantastic array of musicians it beholds today?


A lot of patience to be honest and I also think that with a band of our size then it’s inevitable that a few personnel changes will happen along the way but it’s always been important that we presented our music as we heard it in our heads and didn’t compromise that vision hence why we needed a sizable group including a horn section.



Your debut record ‘To Find The Spirit’ saw your great break-through success without backing from a label. How much do you think a DIY spirit still prevails in 2016?


That DIY spirit has been our only option, the record industry no longer really supports new music at grass roots level. I think with the rise of social media then it’s fairly straightforward for a band to reach out to a core audience, that is very liberating for a band like Stone Foundation. I do think that is why we are respected though for creating our own endeavors outside of the mainstream industry. In many ways I suppose we epitomize that DIY spirit in 2016, we work without a label, management, agent…..and we’ve just had a top three single in the UK vinyl chart !


Producing such a contagious soul, jazz and funk sound Stone Foundation attract a great mod following. How much do the band feel mod culture still stands in 2016?

Of course it’s still prevalent there’s no doubt about that but personally I’d like to see it as a forward motion than a nostalgic viewpoint. Modernism to me is about taking the best elements of the past and creating something fresh, kind of as the word suggests.


Stone Foundation’s second album ‘A Life Unlimited’ containing the single ‘Pushing Your Love’ is out now

This summer sees Stone Foundation set to play a series of live dates, keep up to date with the band on Facebook here.


For THE MOVER’s complete content on Stone Foundation, purchase issue #1 unrelenting mod here.