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Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, live in London

The Righteous Mind scratch that Jonesin’ itch

Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind on stage: from smouldering blues to glam stompers
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While it’s customary for most bands to prepare for the release of a new album with a warm-up gig or two, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind elect instead to reach for the flamethrower, spark it up and burn the goddamn house down.

You see, hollering frontman Jim Jones doesn’t limber up or get back into the swing of things, for the simple reason that where for some people rock’n’roll is something they listen to, for Jones it’s something that he actually is; he’s always on and this is exactly what he does. One suspects that if he were prevented from performing then he’d probably be found screaming at traffic from a street corner.

The last 18 months have seen the band hone their material and gel as a unit. While the rhythm section of Gavin Jay and Phil Martini can slip from smouldering blues (Till It’s All Gone) to glam stompers (Walk It Out) with almost indecent ease, Matt Millership’s fingers dance across the keys with deadly precision (Aldecide) as Jones and Dr Mal Troon trade killer guitars licks on the polemical Alphashit.

And therein lies the appeal of Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind. This is music steeped in sex, magic and dissent, played in intimate surroundings as if it were an arena. Incendiary rock’n’roll at its best.

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.