Worth a Listen: Trevor and the Joneses

The Las Vegas based band that brings Britpop vibes to the stage.

Trevor and the Joneses released their second album ‘Take You To Stay’ earlier in 2017 and it seems to be just want what Sin City needs! The instrumental sections throughout bring a calmness, then in contrast distorted guitars bring a real sense of rock ’n’ roll.

The album opens with Squares and it is what I can only describe as a modern Stone Roses tune. There’s an electric riff that runs throughout the song bringing a real ‘Waterfall’ by the Roses atmosphere. It will have your foot tapping and the instrumental section could cause a serious dose of head-bobbing whilst driving. It’s the sort of song you’d have playing on a summers day, it has that feel good, chilled out aura.

The second song ‘Gotta Run’ is upbeat and more Blur like. With a quick tempo and simple lyrics, it’s an easy song to listen to again the song is mainly instrumental. Reiteratively it seems to have that electric riff running through the track. Maybe this is a trademark of TATJ?

The album showcases an experimental side to the quartet with each song being slightly different. For example ‘Broken Bones’ starts with vocals that immediately remind you of The Arkells and with a bellowing base it gives off that underground impression that you probably don’t realise exists in LV. There is a real mix of atmospheres and cross genres going on, it would appear the band aren’t really sure what direction they’re going in.

After speaking with singer-song writer Trevor Jones I get the impression that a lot of his tracks are improvised when he’s strumming away on his acoustic guitar. He realises he’s playing an unfamiliar tune and later improvises vocals that don’t really make sense. To listeners the lyrics will make sense to them somehow, that’s the case with most song-writers … right?

As you progress through the album, ‘On my mind’ seems to stand out from the rest but not necessarily in a good way it sounds very young boy band-esque and the vocals are a little whiney, thankfully the guitars keep the standards up. Moving onto ‘Found’ there is as slower tempo and has absolute Oasis vibrations going on, even in the sense of some of the lyrics … “I’ve been lost, but I’ve been found” think of ‘Half the World away’ – “I’ve been lost, I’ve been found but I don’t feel down” and ‘cause it’s all too much for me to take”, think ‘Roll with it’. Found is probably a favourite of mine from the album.

The band definitely has a sense of 80’s/90’s rock ‘n’ roll, so when asked what artist/bands influenced them, it was no surprise when the foursome said that they all sort of meet in the middle on the classic rock scene. Clearly this was baked into their brains as young people. Names such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Black Revel Motorcycle Club, The Who, Robin Hitchcock and The Rolling Stones all came up as major influences.

Trevor and The Jones are planning a run of shows for the spring and are continuing the recording of 2 other albums that were being worked on simultaneously with ‘Take You to Stay’.  You can expect builds off the guitar based sound from the first album ‘There was Lightning’ with other instruments including keyboards, melodica, and sitar by Barnaby Gallagher on the title track. The band are also excited to announce that for the first time on bass, an influence of one of their influences, John Fallon, formerly of The Steppes will be making an appearance.

Below: Give their latest album ‘Take You To Stay’ a listen via Spotify.

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