Tuned In: The Jim Jones Revue Cut Loose On Letterman

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Why are British musicians so good at revivalist music? It’s a question we pondered as we watched London’s Jim Jones Revue tear up the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theatre yesterday on The Late Show With David Letterman. The band considers itself a proud member of a garage rock tradition?Jones himself was a member of Thee Hypnotics?but last night’s “High Horse” was very much rockabilly in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis, albeit with a ragged garage sensibility (think punk with precision). And yet the song is very much pop of today, not some exhumed museum piece. The way in which the band combines current and past elements kind of reminds us of Mumford & Sons, actually.

It helps that the band practically left scorch marks on the stage. Frontman Jones stomped all over, even leaning out over the audience and all but erasing the barrier between crowd and talent. After the song, Letterman, obviously impressed, but never without a punchline, riffed, “This is the part where the mayor bans dancing.”?Back in March Taylor Hanson told us that based on the band’s studio recordings, the Jim Jones Revue was one of his most anticipated acts at this year’s South by Southwest. We can’t imagine that he was disappointed.

Elsewhere on late night…

Conan: Lindsay Buckingham, “In Our Own Time”
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Roger Daltrey, “Pinball Wizard”
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: The Antlers, “I Don’t Want Love”

The Jim Jones Revue “High Horse” 9/6 Letterman [The Audio Perv]