Jesus Sons, debut LP
Recommended Track: “Who’s Around”
Invoking Jesus in a name is bound to raise questions. Reverence, rebellion, or winking in the know irony? In the case of Jesus Sons debut LP the answer appears to be reverence to song craft, particularly the jangly guitar laden groovyness reminiscent of Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Velvet Underground. From the tambourine soaked raveup heaviness of “Who’s Around,” to the mushroom hazed hypnotic vibe of “You Put a Spell on Me” (no relation to Screaming Jay Hawkins), Jesus Sons sticks to the strict parameters of the 60’s influenced psychedelic garage/punk sound that seems to get rediscovered/reinvented every few years or so. Hence the dilemma, can prejudice lust/weakness for this particular subgenre inhibit an ability to discern between fresh sounding homage or something recycled and derivative? The answer is who cares. As it should be, how this debut by Jesus Sons makes you feel after repeated listening trumps the who came first chicken or the egg conundrum. Recycled or not, music that wears its influence on its sleeve will always be new to someone, and If Jesus Sons manage to make that connection with listeners, and I think it can, it’s a win for Rock n Roll’s continued relevance. One, two, three, four, “I don’t wanna get old, don’t wanna die” neither will happen as long there are those cool enough to keep reinventing the wheel. Long live Jesus Sons!