it’s been quite a while since i’ve posted something here. since then, i’ve released two albums (the most recent one being the one above), moved across the country (to victoria, b.c.), produced a few albums (which I’ll be posting links to soon), and have started to put together a studio. there are other things, as well, but for now i’m just dispensing a few talking points in case you and your cohorts have nothing else to discuss while pushing prams from café to café in your newly gentrified neighbourhood.
the first track from the miracle sweat album – “old times” – is available as a free download, and there is a limited press of 12″ 45rpm vinyl in select stores or online at jonepworth.bandcamp.com.
i have a few projects coming up that i’m pretty excited about, and i’ll try to be more expedient in relaying new informations in the near future. thanks for your patience and/or tolerance and/or support.
As some of you may already know, my soul outfit – The Miracle Sweat – will be playing next Saturday night at the fabulous Horseshoe Tavern. We’ve expanded on our already sizeable sound with the addition of slammin’ keyboardist Graham Scott (with Hammond & Leslie in tow), and we’ve also got a new low-end-meister: Mark Gunter (who is also my cousin). Our previous bass player, Mike Andrews, has been called back to Nova Scotia and we wish him the best of luck with his endeavours out east.
We’ve been recording a few tracks with Tim Abraham (who recently recorded Steve Strongman’s fantastic-sounding new blues album) and so far it’s sounding really, really good. Everything’s going to tape and Andy (drums) and I are geeking out over the mics and pre-amps being utilized. Tim’s got great ears and is a great guy, and has been instrumental in getting us ship-shape.
Anyhow, here’s a little teaser for the show. It was filmed by Jeff Miller, who’s been getting footage of the whole process, and we’ll be putting together more previews as the album comes along…
i’m happy to say that our show at the excellent-sounding Piston club was a three-tiered success: band happy, audience happy, and venue happy. and, if i didn’t truly understand what some performers mean by feeding off the energy of the crowd, i do now. there were some moments of real abandon for me, and i am truly appreciative for the band and the audience making this an unforgettable night. not bad for a band’s first show. jennifer bundy & mercy flight built a great momentum leading up to our set, and had some great songs.
there are some nice pics of the evening here.
it’ll be a little while before the next show, but we’ll try to make it a doozie.
we’re playing our first show at the piston (toronto) on april 22nd, and man are we gonna have a good time. it’s been a long time since i’ve worked on new material with other musicians and i’m really enthused about it. more show details in the “shows” section.
i can’t help but feel like I’ve crawled back into my radio shack walkman to pull all sorts of inspiration from the stuff my 15-year-old self could relate to but couldn’t quite grasp why. i only gave myself one rule for this record: let (what’s left of) your hair down and don’t overthink it. normally, even for the simplest song, i sweat every detail, trying to find a palpable balance between composition, nuanced yet “natural” performances, aural textures, ad nauseam – and don’t even get me started on the agony of committing lyrics to tape. i’m not saying i don’t have fun writing/recording; i love it, but i usually put myself through a pretty nasty wringer all the while.
this time, though, i just wanted to be off-the-cuff and try to bring some fun and humour to my cynicism and malcontent. who knows if it works? only you, dear listener. i keep telling myself that its okay to occasionally write something that doesn’t pull my brain out through my aorta. i say “you might as well have fun now, because, once you start writing that opera about the gulag, you’ll forget how to enjoy anything.” excepting good, organic dark chocolate, of course.
i am fortunate; things have aligned in such a way that i am once again able to play with the same gang that joined me for a presentation of the entire soul mange album in march. it can be difficult to get so many in-demand musicians together for a practice, let alone a show… but we’re able to pull it together to play this weekend as part of Nova Scotia Music Week, held this year in picaresque, suspiciously quaint liverpool. hopefully we’ll see some of you there. lots of great music throughout the event. i’m hoping for a holiday snaps surprise reunion…
Playing this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion will be yours truly and his talented colleagues; and we hope to debut a new track of that approgsimates (freshly coined!) what everyone has always wanted to hear but could never put a sound to.
Not many posts on this site, I know, but new material of this nature takes time to ferment into something palpable and valid.
I’ll post the full line-up with links once it’s been finalized. Very much looking forward to it.
photo by Scott Tiller (I think)
… the first reviews for failure epics are starting to trickle in. here are a couple of particularly nice ones.
in the words of the great staind: it’s been a while. i’m pretty excited about playing some shows in the maritimes a few weeks from now. i don’t really like creating FB ‘events’ (i find the ‘so-and-so will be attending’ aspect of it somewhat awkward), so i’ll just post the dates up here:
with the failure epics band (comprised of myself, j. vautour and the members of glory glory man united); march 23 @ seahorse, march 24 @ the capitol (in fredericton). we’re doomed will be joining us for both shows.
on march 25, myself and about 10 other hfx veterans of the rock scene are going to play soul mange in it’s entirety, plus some reworked versions of older material, and probably a few new songs, too. i’m really looking forward to laying this stuff down proppa, and i’m indebted to these heavy-hitters (in both bands) for putting so much time and effort into learning the material. i promise i’ll try to write more velvet underground type 2 chord jams in 4/4.
i’ve also posted these dates on the shows page of this site. it’ll be nice to see some familiar faces out there…… so i can melt them with my blazing guitaration.
through various channels (seemingly out of the ether) one can now procure a copy of soul mange: bandcamp, or from facebook, or even itunes. exclaim will be hosting a contest for a free album and custom-T over the next couple of days, and they’ll also be streaming the album in it’s entirety. i’ll post a link when it’s up and you can try your hand at some trivia.