Ayron Jones: a vibrant wall of guitar wrangling, musical loops and more colours than a sky full of rainbows

Showboating fourth album Chronicles Of The Kid propels Ayron Jones into the rock’n’roll stratosphere

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Abandoned as a child by his parents, Ayron Jones has more reason than most to sing the blues, which he did to such resounding critical acclaim and commercial success on his 2021 album Child Of The State

That record showed much promise, but Jones has eclipsed all notions of where he might go next. Part Living Colour, part Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn’t Stand The Weather vibes, his latest album is a vibrant wall of guitar wrangling, musical loops and more colours than a sky full of rainbows.

My America echoes Living Colour’s Which Way To America? in tone and attack, but he switches things in an instant with the heartbreaking Living For The Fall and its ridiculous guitar part, at once rueful then in the next instant capable of making you think that Jones is going to come crashing in through the window.

Like the rest of this record, it’s truly remarkable.

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.