Jim Jones Revue
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Jim Jones Revue The Square, Harlow 20/10/12

A band that a lot of friends have recommended to me so I was looking forward to this as soon as Ash had booked the tickets. The only problem was, it was at Harlow. A terrible place to get to, so taxi’s were the only option. To anyone who has been to Harlow it is an awful place, roundabout after roundabout with every road looking the same as the last. The gig was at the Square, a place that holds regular gigs with the odd occasional bigger band like tonight. It has 2 bars selling either lager or Guinness. The prices are not too bad, 2 pints of Carling and 3 pints of Guinness for £15. Ash went to Shepherds Bush the night before to see Ian Hunter and it was £4.50 for a beer there. Anyway the bands play upstairs and the music that was played between sets was pretty good, I even heard Slade’s “Gudbye t’ Jane” a lost classic.

The venue is very small and intimate, the perfect place to watch bands in my opinion. The Jim Jones Revue are a very energetic band which seem to take their influences from a variety of places, rock and roll, punk, rockabilly and most of all American 60’s garage music. You can hear a bit of the Stooges in there, some Dr Feelgood, so what is there not to like. You can tell what they are like just by looking at the band, they are made up of Teds and the remnants of 60’s garage band the Seeds. I can’t tell you what they played as I do not know any of their songs but it started of frenetic, playing some really fast guitar, piano based rock music and finished with some good old rock and roll. Everything in between was excellent and just as fast.

Really enjoyed being at the sold out Square for this and I would put the JJR as one of my must see bands before you die, luckily enough I have seen them now. I wouldn’t mind going too see them again as the last gig of the tour is at the Electric Ballroom on the 25th. That’s wishful thinking though. The Square has another good gig coming up the Boomtown Rats supported by Eddie and the Hot Rods, not sure about the Rats but the Rods will be superb in a small venue like this.




Duncan october 2012