The Jim Jones Revue
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, blues 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 Johnny Thunders, The Gun Club, The Birthday Party,” says Rupert. “We felt it was missing in so many new bands we were seeing at that time.”
Among their legions of fan, 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 tired or ill 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.”