THE JIM JONES REVUE
The JIM JONES REVUE show scheduled to take place at Whelan’s last week (4th Oct) has now been rescheduled for Thursday 24th January 2013.
The band is about to release their new album “The Savage Heart”, which will be JJR’s first new release since landmark TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel live, and Later with Jools Holland.
The album expands the group’s sonic remit way beyond their renowned brand of manic rock ’n’ roll, to include exciting new musical territory in the form of tribal stomps, field hollers, a capella spirituals, and even a doo-wop ballad.
Original tickets for last week’s cancelled show will be valid for the rescheduled show in January.
Powerhouse rockers JIM JONES REVUE have announced an October Irish tour in support of their eagerly anticipated third studio album “The Savage Heart”, due for Irish release on October 5th.
“The Savage Heart” expands the sonic remit of The Jim Jones Revue way beyond their renowned brand of manic rock ’n’ roll, to include exciting new musical territory in the form of tribal stomps, field hollers, a capella spirituals, and even a doo-wop ballad.
Lucky gig goers around the country can catch JJR – one of Mojo’s best live bands of 2011 – at The Roisin Dubh, Galway on 2nd October, The Pavilion, Cork on 3rd October, Whelan’s, Dublin on 4th October, and The Limelight, Belfast on 5th October.
*Tickets on sale next Tuesday 14th August @ 9am*
THE JIM JONES REVUE – BIOGRAPHY
It’s 4 short years since The Jim Jones Revue exploded into the nation’s consciousness with the release of their visceral, back-to-rock’n’roll-basics debut album, of which Mojo Magazine proclaimed, “If Little Richard had written this he’d still be boasting about it today!”
The band have since toured the world many times over, shared bills with The Stooges, Grinderman and Jack White, become rock ’n’ roll statesmen in France, sold out London’s Koko and made phenomenal live appearances on TV’s Later with Jools Holland and The Late Show with David Letterman. Their third studio album The Savage Heart is all set to secure their place in music’s rich rock heritage.
Their most exhilarating work to date, The Savage Heart expands the sonic remit of The Jim Jones Revue way beyond their renowned brand of manic rock ’n’ roll to include exciting new musical territory in the form of tribal stomps, field hollers, a capella spirituals and even a doo-wop ballad.
“We’re not going to keep making the same record over and over again,” says Jim. “That doesn’t interest us. We are interested though in keeping up the same high level of intensity.”
Jim Jones has pedigree, having first honed his craft in Thee Hypnotics, who recorded four albums between 1989 and 1994, including their debut Live’r Than God on the Sub Pop label. After Black Moses, his garage rock trio, The Jim Jones Revue was born from a collaboration with guitarist Rupert Orton, who Jim met at the Not The Same Old Blues Crap club night Rupert has run since 2004. With a line-up completed by bassist Gavin Jay, drummer Nick Jones and keyboardist Elliott Mortimer – replaced in 2011 by Henri Herbert – the group found their feet immediately.
“We wanted to capture the excitement we’d felt when we were younger and watching The Ramones, The Gun Club, The Birthday Party,” says Rupert. “We felt it was missing in so many new bands we were seeing at that time.”
Their 2008 self-titled debut, The Jim Jones Revue, recorded live in just 48 hours, was an exciting collision of raucous hollering, rama-lama-lama riffing and tear-it-up piano in a pinned-in-the-red wall of distorted noise. Here To Save Your Soul, a collection of non-album singles and orphan tracks, followed in 2009, confirming their role as the premier purveyors of deranged rock ’n’ roll, with an extra dash of The Sonics and Bunker Hill thrown in for good measure.
2010’s Burning Your House Down saw their first collaboration with producer Jim Sclavunos (of Grinderman and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), delivering a swaggering eleven-song assault, with a warmer full-bodied sound and solid rock n’ roll song craft.
Producer Jim Sclavunos is on board once again for their latest, The Savage Heart. Recorded in just over two weeks at The Chapel in Lincolnshire and Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard studio in West London, The Savage Heart builds on the balls-out rocking of its predecessors, but also offers an expansive vision of the band, with a wider palette of sounds and a broader scope of material.
“While the group look back into the roots of rock n’ roll, we’ve never gone backwards in what we do,” says Jim Jones. “It’s always about pushing things forward for us.” It was in this same spirit of bringing in new challenging elements into the proceedings, that Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, DJ Shadow) was called in to mix the album at Elephant and Castle’s The Engine Room.
Integral to the group’s vigorous sound is the addition of pianist Henri Herbert, who replaced original member Elliott Mortimer last year. Henri has diversified the group’s keyboard vocabulary, drawing not just on the likes Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard but Otis Spann, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons as well. “He’s the Professor of Piano,” affirms Rupert. “His wealth of knowledge is astounding. He’s really re-shaped our approach.”
The Savage Heart has everything a die-hard Jim Jones Revue fan could possibly ask for, and even more to entice new followers. Driving opener “It’s Gotta Be About Me”, an intense track that builds to exploding point, the thunderous tribal beat of “Never Let You Go”, and the polemical rage of “Where Da Money Go?” are all classic up-tempo Jim Jones Revue tunes. “Eagle Eye Ball” sees Jim Jones linking voyeurism and surveillance TV, the outro climaxing in berserk rant with torrential backing from the band.
The Savage Heart also contains surprises. “7 Times Around The Sun” (which features Jim’s testifying backed against a stark backing of group vocal, percussion and piano — not a guitar in sight!) and “Chain Gang”, a potent feedback-layered take on an Alan Lomax-style field holler, throw some curve-balls into the mix, offering unprecedented facets of what The Jim Jones Revue are all about as a band.
Album closer, “Midnight Oceans And The Savage Heart”, the group’s first-ever ballad, conjures up a strange mixture of innocent heartache and unsettling David Lynch-style eeriness.
The tribal groove of “In And Out Of Harm’s Way” is something else again, drawing on the voodoo rhythms of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Rupert explains the song’s origin: “We were travelling back from France last August, and saw what looked like London going up in flames on a TV in the petrol station, but didn’t know what was going on. As we approached Hackney, we realised we were heading straight into the riots. Police were marching down the street and we suddenly found ourselves in a war zone. It was our very own Heart of Darkness. Instead of going up the Congo, we were getting close to the heart of savagery in our home town.”
“And that’s where the title of the album, The Savage Heart, comes from,” says Jim. “We got to thinking how thin the veneer of civilisation actually is, and how quickly it comes away to reveal the brutality of man, whether it be the 1% banking traders or the kids rioting on the streets. There’s this savage undercurrent in all of us and it’s amazing how quickly we revert to that. The closer we got to Hackney that night the more insane everything became. That fed into the music.”
Among their legions of fans, the group can count several rock luminaries including Jack White, Mick Jones, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher, and Nick Lowe. The latter, credited on The Savage Heart as “spiritual advisor”, even dropped by rehearsals for a one-on-one with the band. “It was an honour for us to get Nick Lowe’s thoughts and advice on the record,” says Rupert.
“We do this because we love doing it. You get on stage in front of a crowd, it doesn’t matter how exhausted you might be feeling, the experience elevates you,” says Jim. “You connect with a higher power, and the crowd connect too. We want to keep pushing that, taking it higher and higher.”
ORIGINAL TICKETS STILL VALID
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm.