The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US (11 October 2013)

http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/music/2013-10-05/acl-live-shot-pacha-massive-blind-boys-of-alabama-jd-mcpherson-and-jon-spencer-blues-explosion/The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion set at ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US on 11 October 2013.

Live Photo: Shelley Hiam

“If the Blind Boys were a tough act to follow, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion would have proved damn near impossible. The Nineties stalwarts returned with last year’s raw Meat + Bone after an eight-year hiatus. The power trio showed all grit and no rust, unleashing a deafening barrage of dirty blues, gutter punk, and no-frills rock & roll with a touch of distorted theremin for chaotic good measure. It was fast, furious, and fuck-off fantastic.” – austinchronicle.com

The event takes place on the weekends of 4-6 & 11-13 October 2013.

Official Site: http://www.aclfestival.com/2013-lineup/

Austin Chronicle – Jon Spencer Interview:

“It was only about three years where we didn’t play at all,” says Jon Spencer, explaining his Blues Explosion’s recently broken absence. “But it’s been eight years since a studio album. Meat & Bone came out last year.

“At least for me, I wanted to do different kinds of music.”

Namely rockabilly, with fellow New York musician Matt Verta-Ray in the band Heavy Trash. And yet guitarist/vocalist Spencer, guitarist Judah Bauer, and drummer Russell Simins just couldn’t stay away from the punk/blues juju they’ve whipped up since the bandleader walked away from the fuck-you garage trash of his notorious Eighties combo, Pussy Galore.

“I loosened up a little, maybe?” chuckles Spencer. “I discovered that rock & roll wasn’t this terrible, horrible thing. That it wasn’t totally bankrupt and it wasn’t a case where there was nothing good to say about it. There’s a lot of good still there, and there’s a lot of good that can be found. You just have to search for it.

“The good stuff was worth cherishing and holding close and keeping it alive, instead of throwing everything away because of a few bad apples.”

That difference put JSBX square in the punk/blues lineage that began with Johnny Thunders and the Gun Club, making JSBX the link to more recent practitioners like the White Stripes and Jim Jones Revue.

“You’re right: There’s definitely a longer history there. And it’s not just white kids, either. Just look at someone like Hound Dog Taylor, or Muddy Waters! You can make the case that’s a kind of blues punk! I never thought there was much of a difference between blues music and punk rock. But we weren’t the first. We had some great shoulders to stand on.”

It seemed to happen out of nowhere, Meat & Bone, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s first disc in eight years. Their ACL tent revival of blues and punk remains invigorating as hell. Having taken time off from JSBX to explore rockabilly in Heavy Trash with Matt Verta-Ray, Spencer was eager to talk punk rock blues today.

Austin Chronicle: It’s been great to see the Blues Explosion become an influence over time. The White Stripes certainly took your approach to the bank, while other recent acts like the Jim Jones Revue have clearly been influenced by you guys as well.

Jon Spencer: Maybe. I always thought the Blues Explosion was a great band, and I still think they’re a great band. I think what we do is special. I can’t speak to any of that other stuff, but I will say: We’re a great band! [laughs]

AC: JSBX has always done well in Austin. This will probably be the biggest audience you’ve played before down here. How does it feel, compared to back in the Nineties, that you’re doing these bigger shows now?

JS: I’m a lot older. I guess my body feels differently. The most important thing is that my love of it, the passion, is unabated. That’s never changed. We still enjoy doing this, and that’s why we’re doing it. It still feels good, so we’re gonna keep doing it. There’s shifts in the audiences, and the crowds have changed a little bit, but we’re still doing what we’ve always done: We’re playing rock & roll and putting on a rock & roll show. People’s desire to get together, shout, stomp their feet and share, that will never change.” – TIM STEGALL / Austin Chronicle (October 4, 2013)

Poster Info: http://store.aclfestival.com/collections/frontpage/products/2013-weekend-two-acl-festival-poster
Artist: Carlos Hernandez

“Commemorative Edition — Offset-printed with four-color process ink on heavyweight, 100% post-consumer waste recycled acid-free paper. Includes complete band lineup below the artwork. Weekend One version is black and red on a blue background; Weekend Two version is black and red on a vibrant green background. 18” x 24”

Numbered Edition — Silk-screened with three colors on heavyweight, 100% post-consumer waste recycled acid-free paper. Includes complete band lineup below the artwork. Hand-numbered in an edition of 500 each for Weekends One and Two. 18” x 24”

Signed & Numbered Edition — Silk-screened with five colors (blue, red, black, yellow and orange) on super-heavyweight, 100% cotton rag paper, acid-free and archival quality. This version does not include the band lineup. An edition of 100 hand-numbered and -signed by the artist.”

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US (October 2013)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US (October 2013)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US (October 2013)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - ACL Music Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, US (October 2013)