To support the release of new album Meat And Bone (see Access issue 163), The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion hit the road again, taking in London’s Electric Ballroom on Monday 3 December.
Meat And Bone is straight-up, Grade A Blues Explosion, produced and mixed by Mr Spencer himself, with no special guests. Meat And Bone is 12 prime cuts of raw rock’n’roll recorded on Sly Stone’s “Riot” Flickinger console at the legendary Key Club Recording Studio in Benton Harbor, MI, and mixed in the jungles of New York City.
“We still have that psychic glue that allows us to create music together,” Spencer said. “Over the course of a year touring and writing new songs and recording, we rediscovered our shared history as a band. We circled the wagons, and went back to our roots. In a way this is almost like another first album.”
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon that it’s hard to believe there is anything left. It’s been 20 years since The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed ‘record’, and 20 years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rock’n’roll that did for a new wave of blues-punk primitivists what Helen of Troy’s face did for the armada.
But make no mistake, Jon Spencer was there first. He is the original. It was his sanctified outbursts and blues-bending riffs that began the new-fangled roots rock revolution and spawned countless imitators. With Pussy Galore he gargled with The Stones and Stooges and wrestled with industrial noise and fuzzed-out, fucked-up 1960s garage crud. With Blues Explosion he drove furiously into the future with incendiary spirit built from courage, audacity, and revolt. Nothing has been the same since.
03 London Electric Ballroom
04 Paris Le Bataclan
05 Strasbourg La Laiterie
06 La Chaux De FondsBikini Test
07 Zurich Kilbi Winter Festival
08 Prague Akropolis
09 Berlin Festsaal
10 Koln Gebaude
11 Brussels Ancienne Belgique