Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind “Super Natural”

It was quite a shock when The JIM JONES REVUE announced their split in 2014. The band was doing really well everywhere, and especially here in France! As you know, cool cats always get back to their feet, so Jim Jones quickly got a new band together with the help of his long time musical partner Gavin Jay (bass.) After two promising EPs (“Boil Yer Blood” and “Aldecide”), JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND offers us this debut album on Hound Gawd Records who show their great tastes again with this new release.
The artwork for this record was made by French illustrator Jean-Luc Navette, and it really is a work of art (even the download card looks amazing!) On this album, Jim Jones explores new territories and still keeps the wild flame of rock’n’roll alive. “Base Is Loaded” and “Till It’s All Gone” have a bit of TOM WAITS in them, with a sleazy garage, bluesy vibe, “No Fool” sounds as an intense live ritual with SCREAMIN’ JAY AWKINS as a master of ceremony, and “Heavy Lounge #1″resurrects the best of early 70s psyche heavy rock. There’s almost a voodoo atmosphere in these songs when rhythm repetition meets psychedelic guitars, something that could also sometimes be heard in Jim’s old band The HYPNOTICS. The shadow of The STOOGES is also haunting this record (“Something’s Gonna Get Its Hands On You”), and IRON BUTTERFLY‘s ghost probably paid a visit to these guys when they were recording “Boil Yer Blood.” This is the kind of album in which you can find something new every time you listen to it, and when the atmosphere is getting quieter on “Shallow Grave” and “Everyone But Me”, it takes your mind far away to strange and beautiful lands with Lynch-esque colours.
When so many bands flirt with cheap occult clichés these days, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND managed to create something spiritual, intriguing, dark and sexy at the same time, definitely “Super Natural”! /Laurent C.

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