Caleb Landry Jones’ joyful “rock’n’roll circus”

The Texan actor and musician is still tracing his path as a crazy composer on “Gadzooks Vol.2”, a crazy third album.

Certain icons of the sixties were able to show the way. At the end of the 1960s, the time had come to turn to the roots of rock’n’roll to get rid of psychedelic tinsel and close an enchanted parenthesis on the verge of going out of fashion.

Just fall back on The Rock’n’Roll Circus, television show organized at the initiative of the Rolling Stones one evening in December 1968, and to observe a John Lennon all dressed in jeans thundering on Yer Blues to understand that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and other extravaganzas Magical Mystery Tour had just been brushed aside.

Generous blues and guitars

With the idea of ​​​​in turn redirecting his crazy compositions, Caleb Landry Jones, actor awarded at Cannes (prize for male interpretation in 2021) coupled with a no less talented musician, seems to have married this old profession of faith.

After The Mother Stone (2020), burlesque and psychedelic masterpiece as possible, then Gadzooks Vol.1 (2021), with more immediate pop inflections, the Texan now summons both the Stones from the Mick Taylor period and the Pink Floyd of the 70s (Croc Killers 2), the White Album Beatles than Black Sabbath (Jeepers, Slink on Fido), and Kurt Cobain (the opening of The Shanty Shine) in order to best capture the exhilarating atmosphere of honky tonks, blues and generous guitars.

But let fans of the forecastle’s musical fantasies and baroque arrangements be reassured, Caleb Landry Jones has lost none of his striking spirit. He now operates in the electric mist.

Gadzooks Vol.2 (Sacred Bones Records/Modulor). Released since November 4.


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