It’s almost a year since I first had my ears turned onto the psychedelic sounds of The Jesus Loves Heroin Band. Their early recordings carried the ragged edges of home taping, but from the first confident burst of ‘Its Over’ it’s clear this is a whole new experience. Revelling under lush production inspired by Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’, JLHB have become bigger and bolder. The Animals style organ of ‘Be Mine’ could be lost recordings from the Ed Sullivan show, yet despite being steeped in the spirit of ’64, the band’s sound still resonates, with singer Nick Wheeldon’s gravely squall leading out a modern day gang of outsiders. Tales of love and loss run thick, with the doo-wop beats of ‘I Don’t Want To Start Again’, but their finest hour comes with the B-Movie instrumentals of ‘Dead Skin’. It’s the coolest slice of rock’n’roll since I don’t know when.
By Kate Parkin
released September 6, 2011
The Jesus Loves Heroin Band:
Bruce Sargent - Drums
Coline Loison - Bass
Joel Robson - Lead Guitar
Kieron Wright - Organ & Piano
Nick Wheeldon - Guitar & Vox
Violin on 'I Don't Need Revenge', 'Judas' & 'Tired Of Being In Control' by Ric Booth.
Produced & Mastered by Ben Nicholson at Alive Audio Ltd.
Recorded on 30th April & 1st May 2012 at The Hobbit House Studio.
Released by Les Disques Chupacabra.
All Songs (c) Nick Wheeldon/The Jesus Loves Heroin Band
'Dead Skin' (c) Coline Loison/Nick Wheeldon/The Jesus Loves Heroin Band
'Going To Hell' (c) Bruce Sargent/Nick Wheeldon/The Jesus Loves Heroin Band.
Artwork 'Desert Blues Again' by Keith How
Thanks to Ric Booth, Ben Nicholson, Keith How and Sam Smith.