Durand Jones & The Indications generates a lot of heat on their gritty, soulful and deep-fried eponymous debut. Durand Jones hails from the rural south, more particularly Louisiana, and he transports his gospel roots to the eight raw tracks that comprise this album. Durand Jones isn’t alone and The Indications aren’t slouches as they’re a tight, cracking soul band capable of taking on any other up and comers.
Jones and crew take off on the opener “Make A Change” with a confident and steady groove complete with a satisfyingly heavy organ. Then they follow it up with the one-two punch of the chicken-scratch and horn-laden funk of current single, “Smile.” “Can’t Keep My Cool” and “Giving Up” find Jones in a pensive mood augmented by the groove created by a resolute horn and organ section. Jones begins to close the album with the fiery “Now I’m Gone” with courtesy given to Blake Rhein’s intense guitar workout. Durand Jones & The Indications wrap things up with a tight organ-heavy vamp session on “Tuck ‘N’ Roll” that’s a borderline jam in the best sense of the word.
Durand Jones & The Indications is a solid listen focusing on the intricacies of song craft and musicianship and comes highly recommended. Durand Jones & The Indications is available on July 1st via Colemine Records.