The Jim Jones Revue: 2014 Toronto

January 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm (Uncategorized)

A short, sharp, review.

Walked into the Horseshoe Tavern just in time to hear Dany Laj and the Looks thank the audience and depart the stage. Thy look interesting and it’s  cool that Laj sticks around the Horseshoe for the rest of the night. Note to self, check them on-line.

Hmm, hmm, wait around. At 10:30, on come the Millwinders: Cool outfits (all with racing stripes on the left side) and a stand-up bass. The set starts slow, but  by the mid-way point, they settle into a fancy rockabilly groove which warms up the audience chilled by the cold January air and lightly falling snow.

More waiting. Position myself stage-right. Very close to the front. Then it’s on. The Jim Jones Revue are here to promote their latest album “Savage Heart.” And promote they do, in the most brutal, direct, stripped down rock ‘n’ roll way they can. My favourite line about the band is that the JJR believe rock n roll didn’t need to evolve after 1956; it just needed to get much much louder and more wildly distorted.

And a swaggering cool. That’s the only way to describe it.

Jones and the blast blast blast through three albums’ worth of material. Jones stalks the stage, an energetic madman. The drums crash. Jerry Lee piano. Jay and Orton play and tease the audience with  a wall of sound. The audience responds. A blast. Cool. Rock ‘n roll at its heart is about that feeling, that lost abandon. The moment of sex, of death, of life, of all three.

Last time the JJR play here, I complain about the length of the set. This time, the gods heard my prayer and, including that fantastic encore, the band are on-stage for 70 minutes.

Dig it.

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