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Live review: Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind

The past is laid to rest and a God-fearing future beckons.

Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind
(Image: © Daniel Quesada)

Maybe it’s that characteristic, lacerating scream that brings the full pelt of Boil Yer Blood to a close? Or perhaps it’s the sleazy grind of Base Is Loaded, a song that that stiffens certain areas and moistens others as it likely soundtracks Satan’s own burlesque revue? Or it could well be the menacing chain-gang a cappella of Take Everything?

It’s all these things, and a little bit more, that tonight sees Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind emerge from the shadow of the singer’s previous band to establish their own identity.

Not quite the radical departure feared by some or the direct continuation hoped for by others, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind consolidate the frontman’s strengths as singer, songwriter and performer. As evidenced by the ramalama of Aldecide or the stack-heeled stomp of Walk It Out, Jones has lost none of his enthusiasm for explosive garage rock but the flourishes of light and shade on display here reveal another dimension to his vision.

Shallow Grave, which finds trusted lieutenant Gavin Jay switching to stand-up bass to coax ominous sounds, drips with threat as Jones croons his way through, while 1,000 Miles From The Sure cleanses the third eye. And then it goes full circle as Jones reverts to his whiskey-priest persona with the explosive Alphashit.

Righteous stuff, indeed.

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.