Everything about Jesus Sons seems steeped in rock and roll history. Even the story of their formation and recording process seems cut straight from an issue of Creem Magazine in 1974.
In 2012, lead singer and songwriter Brandon Wurtz met guitarist Shannon Dean in San Francisco. Sharing a love for classic rock and roll groups such as the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones, Wurtz and Dean decided to converge in the motorcycle garage where Wurtz worked and begin writing what would be the first Jesus Sons record.
Enlisting the help of producer / bassist Rob Good and drummer Ian McBrayer, Jesus Sons entered the Oakland, California studio of Matthew Milton (Warm Soda, Fuzz City Records) to record their debut, self-titled record. Fueled by countless bottles of whiskey, cheap beer and cigarettes and recording straight to tape using instruments and equipment predating 1970, the band instantly knew the record they were working on would be special. The result was a modern, garage rock classic that evoked the feeling and sound of the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street.
Soon after the release of Jesus Sons in 2013 by Mock Records, Wurtz and Dean moved out to Los Angeles, California, where they put together the final formation of the band. Joined by drummer Chance Welton, bassist Erik Lake and multi-instrumentalist Bert Hoover, Jesus Sons embarked on a large nationwide tour, which included stops at SXSW, Treefort Music Festival and the Outside Lands Music Festival. After extensive touring throughout 2014 and releasing the foot-stomping 7-inch Better Times, Jesus Sons began writing songs for their sophomore album Bring It On Home.
With the help of Rob Good returning to produce, Jesus Sons built a makeshift studio in Bert Hoover’s house, which included a “vocal booth” in the home’s bathroom and a “live room” in the garage. Keeping with the analogue methods of their debut, Bring It On Home was mostly recorded live and straight to tape using minimal overdubs and digital equipment. What resulted was a sound that found the band evolving from their garage rock roots, to a fully road-trip ready early 1970s rock and roll band reminiscent of The Band and electric era Bob Dylan.
Bring It On Home arrives on September 8via Mock Records.
To celebrate its pending arrival, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering the hip-shakin’, barn-burning instant classic, “Born To Lose.” Lose your mind to it below:
(Visit Jesus Sons here: http://jesussonsband.com/.)