The Jaded Hearts Club are Australia’s own Nic Cester (Jet) and Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets) on frontmen duties, guitarists Graham Coxon (Blur) and Jamie Davis, plus Matt Bellamy (Muse) on bass and drummer Sean Payne (The Zutons).
Released today is their debut album ‘You’ve Always Been Here’, a collection of Northern Soul cult hits and jazz standards. Featuring classics such as The Isley Brothers’ 1962 song Nobody But Me featuring Miles Kane on vocals, the lost Marvin Gaye song This Loved Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me) and the Four Tops’ 60’s Motown smash Reach Out I’ll Be There which both feature Nic Cester’s growling rock vocals.
The band have also shared their brand new video for I Put A Spell On You. Originally released by Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins in 1956 and covered by numerous acts as diverse as Nina Simone, Annie Lennox & Jeff Beck, The Jaded Hearts Club make this song their own by embracing the songs’ menacing undertones with a searing, unexpected and volatile guitar and vocal performance by Graham Coxon and Nic Cester respectively, backed by a heavy thumping jazz-metal rhythm section.
I Put A Spell On You is accompanied by a 1960s Italian horror inspired video, shot in Italy by filmmakers OLO Creative Farm, capturing a distorted black and white time-warp nightmare with Nic Cester as a cult leader brainwashing his disciples with mysterious voodoo spells.
The band were formed in 2017 when Jamie Davis, a British guitarist living in Los Angeles who previously ran Coxon’s Transcopic Records label in England, wanted to book a Beatles covers band to play at his birthday party. The cost proved to be excessive and the available tribute acts were drab, so Davis had a back-up plan. “I realised I knew a bunch of half decent British musician friends living in L.A. so I thought I’d ask if they’d come together to form an early ‘60s Cavern-era Beatles band.”
They kept their plans a secret. So when family and friends turned up at the party, they were shocked to see an all-star band rampaging through a Cavern Club era Beatles set. “The place went nuts,” smiles Davis, “and everyone had such a good time that we decided to do it again.”
Back in Los Angeles, Bellamy and Davis wanted to develop the band further and started working on an album, with Bellamy producing at Red Room Studios in Los Angeles. The band decided to focus primarily on recording lost classics from the world of Northern Soul, supplemented by their raw, soulful takes on some famous standards from the era.
“Living in L.A. it seems like no-one has heard of Northern Soul,” says Davis. “We just love the story of how the north of England fell in love with American soul music even after it stopped having hits, and using that music as the soundtrack to a good night out.”
“I read somewhere recently, which made me laugh, that rock is the new jazz,” adds Bellamy. “It’s becoming an esoteric genre, but still with huge historical and cultural importance. Like jazz, which often reinvents old songs, The Jaded Hearts Club is continuing the tradition of how bands like The Beatles and The Stones started out – finding great soul and blues standards and recording them in a more modern style.”
The band’s motivation, states Davis, is simple. “It goes back to the purest point of why people started bands in the first place – a group of great musicians getting together to play for fun with no pressure. We’re doing it because we have a bloody good time.”
You’ve Always Been Here is out now on CD, vinyl and digital formats. A selection of album bundles are also available from The Jaded Hearts Club official store.
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