Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Jim Jones Revue - Collision Boogie

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When The Jim Jones Revue burst onto the scene a few years ago it was through making a hybrid of blues, garage and rock n' roll that was more frantic and intense than most people ever get close to. A friend of mine called them "Little Richard on speed", and while the old "like (x-band) on (y-drug)" isn't a new way of describing bands, it perfectly encapsulated the sound of the group. They hadn't come from nowhere though, these were experienced players who've achieved varying levels of success in previous outfits. Since then their music has remained pretty much the same. And it's always a riot.

New single 'Collision Boogie' is tackling the same styles and influences from a different angle and with a different feel. For starters, that word "boogie" isn't there for show. The piano that leads this song has an element of boogie-woogie to it. This is stripped right back too. That gravelly voice commands the room, and musically they do away with the guitars totally. This catchy, groovy, shuffling number is just piano and plenty of rattlesnake percussion. Stomping sounds are layered through as well, so rhythmically this is a well arranged piece and manages to have as much power at half the pace and with half the instruments. It's brilliant to hear this terrific band trying something a bit different with such gratifying results.

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Catch them live:

THU 10 OCT The Caves, Edinburgh, UK
FRI 11 OCT The Institute, Birmingham, UK
SAT 12 OCT Hoults Yard, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
SUN 13 OCT East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
MON 14 OCT The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
TUE 15 OCT Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
WED 16 OCT King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
FRI 18 OCT Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury, UK
SAT 19 OCT Thekla, Bristol, UK
SUN 20 OCT The Haunt, Brighton, UK
MON 21 OCT The Globe, Cardiff, UK
TUE 22 OCT White Rabbit Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
WED 23 OCT Electric Brixton, London, UK
FRI 08 NOV L'observatoire, Cergy, France
SAT 09 NOV Festival Sons D'Automne 2013, Saint Brieuc, France
SAT 09 NOV Festival Sons D'Automne 2013, Quessoy, France
SUN 10 NOV La Nef, Angouleme, France
TUE 12 NOV Le Tremplin, Hénin-Beaumont, France
WED 13 NOV Connexion Cafe, Toulouse, France
THU 14 NOV Le Secret Place, Montpellier, France
FRI 15 NOV La Sirene, La Rochelle, France
SAT 16 NOV L'Atabal, Biarritz, France
THU 21 NOV Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
SAT 23 NOV Cite De La Musique, Romans sur Isère, France
SUN 24 NOV Le Splendid, Lille, France
TUE 31 DEC The Bowery Electric, New York, NY, US

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