The Middlesbrough four-piece kindly took time out of their European Tour to write their Top Ten Albums feature. Jimmy And The Sounds brand of indie-pop should be heard, find their new single, ‘Heart For Hire’ which has just been released.
Amid a sea of indie, with some really good bands coming out. Jimmy And The Sounds are notable, not only for their brand of indie-pop it’s Northern roots, at times angular, but always competent and accessible. Their new single ‘Heart For Rent’ is the perfect example, expect the single to grace your local radio station while no stranger to National radio airplay, the single is that catchy, with a memorable, formula free, chorus. It is even said to be “Music to fall in love with”. Although I don’t want to come off as all rational or anything, but I would much prefer to love… well, girls. I can see where the journalist was going …football, wine, err, film and yes, music… It is at this point, that I realise I have got the wrong end of the stick, I have been poked with. I think it’s best for all if I moved on.
Consisting of James and Anthony on vocals and guitar, Alistair on drums and Marc on bass, the 4 piece have been performing together since 2009, travelling across the UK playing at respected venues such as 02 Academy, Newcastle, supporting Frankie and The Heartstrings, Reverend and the Makers and also playing at numerous UK festivals including supporting Maximo Park at Spear Live and British Sea Power and Mercury Rev at Stockton Riverside Festival 2010. So I presume a few of you must have come across the lads over the last couple of years.
I’s is easy to hear the appeal of the Middlesbrough quartet, with more hooks that a pirate convention spiky, confident riffs, sharp articulate lyrics, pleasing arrangements, all played with confident, and … actually put a lot more simpler, they’re good.
So it is a handy thing, the band took time out, between motorways service stations, to write their Top Ten Albums for With Guitars…
The La’s – The La’s
“Although ‘There she goes’ is an absolutely amazing pop song not many people have bothered to look beyond that and if they did they would discover pop perfection. I like the mystery that surrounds this album, was it pieced together from scraps from the cutting room floor and was Lee Mavers really kicking off about not having 60’s dust on the missing desk….i doubt it.”
Radiohead – ‘The Bends’
“For me this is Radiohead at their finest, every song different, every song amazing….timeless.”
The Strokes – ‘Is This It’
“Never truly liked this at first but after a few listens it just grabbed me, the vocals are distorted, the guitars are chuggy, the drums as straight as you like………..it should be crap….but it’s just amazing. New York City cops, last night and barely legal pick of the pops.
Simon & Garfunkel – ‘The Essential Simon And Garfunkel’
“The most amazing vocals, the most amazing guitar playing, surreal harmonies and countless hits….the songs reach places and memories attach themselves. If I could only ever listen to one album ever again it would be this.”
Jamie T – ‘Panic Prevention’
“Jamie has an amazing knack of crossing over from full on freestyle rapping into an edgy punk sound and back to a glorious pop song without batting an eyelid. Very witty lyrically and stunning use of phrasings. I love this album it is very raw and different and true.”
Whiskeytown – ‘Pneumonia’
Early days Ryan Adams, a very mature album musically and lyrically for such a young musician released just before his debut solo album. Epic choruses and soaring harmonies. Such a tight knit of great musicians bring this together. Alt / Country / folk at its best.”
Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’
“Post punk at its finest hour, this album is lyrically genius and has a huge atmospheric and spacious sound. Curtis’ vocals never fail to impress me with their mysterious sound. Some of the most simple musical pieces of all time and some of the best in their delivery.”
Warren Zeon – ‘Excitable Boy’
“Hands down my favourite album of all time, it’s as if some of the songs were written especially for me. ‘Frozen Notes’ is a beautiful track.”
Best Coast – ‘Crazy For You’
“I really like the minimalist feel of this album, Beth’s vocals are pretty and nearly every track is a single in itself”
The Drums – ‘The Drums’
“Similar to Best Coast, I really like the minimalist style of this album. The stripped down feel really lets the riffs shine through”
The band are currently touring Europe – February 2011 will see Jimmy And The Sounds undertake a ‘Heart For Rent ‘Tour that will Sake in Germany, Serbia, Romania, France and Bulgaria.
Their next few gigs in the UK are:
Single launch night Friday Feb 11th @ The Georgian Theatre, Stockton / Feb 17-26th European Tour / 4th March @ The Crown, Middlesbrough More UK dates to be announced.
For more info and up to date gigs please visit
www.myspace.com/jimmyandthesounds and www.sonicbids.com/jimmythesounds3