Love rock, love the blues, how about a combination of both, That’s these guys, a rock blues band with a unique indie sound mixed in. Vocally fantastic. Lyrically superb and the music is everything and more you’d expect from a rock blues band.
GLAMOROUS, SLEAZY, SEXY, TURRENTINE JONES WAS BROUGHT TOGETHER BY A MUTUAL LOVE OF SOUTHERN BLUES AND STAX RECORDS.
Members: Julian Neville (vocals, guitar) / Thomas Scotson (organ) / Rich Watts (drums) The anchors of the Turrentine Jones sound are Julian Neville, whose slicing, fuzzed riffs draw a comparison to Steve Cropper, and Thomas Scotson, who provides much of the groove with his floating organ lines. In 2009, Neville moved to England from his native Australia and began searching for musicians, where he met (now former) drummer Chris Carcamo.
By late 2010, and with the addition of organist Thomas Scotson, they officially became Turrentine Jones and together performed their first show at North London Tavern in London. The band’s first two-track single, “Le Debut” was released twelve months later as a digital download featuring the track “Slam the Door” and “Candy Snake”, which laid out the platform for much of the Jones’ sound with its organ-guitar-drums combo.
Within six months, Carcamo was replaced permanently by Rich Watts, and shortly after the band signed a publishing deal with pioneers Rough Trade. Their third single, “Show Me Mercy” was released in late 2012 as a digital download, distinguished by its nervous organ bounce, ferocious bursts of guitar and highlighted Neville’s songwriting, often darkly-sensual with shades of Jack Kerouac co-mingling with witty bon mots and min-dramas. During an interview for the release of their fourth single “Della May”, which also included the B-side “Electric Angel”, Neville described Turrentine Jones as a study in contrasts considering himself “gruff and guardedly wry”, while Watts was more “voluble and outwardly enthusiastic”.
Neville highlighted the geographical differences between the band with Watts and Scotson originating from Wales and Finland, respectively. In 2013 the band hit their stride, and with the growing radio support of BBC Introducing, elevated them onto Shortly after the band entered the studio to begin recording their fan-funded debut album through the music platform Pledge, entitled “Our Days”. The record is scheduled for release on 11th August 2014.
MUSICAL STYLE AND INFLUENCES
The band’s sound is rooted in modern garage rock and blues rock, while frequently being referred to as a cross between Booker T. & the MG’s and the Rolling Stones. A key part of their sound and one that translates across their discography is lead singer and frontman Julian Neville’s sultry and often darkly erotic infused lyrics. Their early releases “Le Début” and “Show Me Mercy” were rooted in blues and Southern rock, with Neville’s distinctive lyrics the focal point.
REVIEWS: “Maybe the holy trinity is hear on northern earth. Do check ‘ em out” – Andrew Oldham, Manager of The Rolling Stones (1963-1967)
“The new single listens like a fine jacket” Artrocker “Neville’s lyrics are witty and inspired by great literature- shades of Jack Kerouac and William S. Borroughs- with elements of the ‘Beat Generation’, co-mingling with witty bon mots and min-dramas” Faded Glamour
“Fabulous record. It’s on my stereo right now!” – Horace Panter, The Specials.