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Have you heard about Jesus Volt yet? If not, that's a pity, but not to worry, now is the perfect time to be introduced to this group of four outstanding musicians who are proud to present their latest album, Vaya con Dildo!
At the forefront of Jesus Volt is Lord Tracy (vocals, harmonica, various throat noises) then there is El Tao (on all kinds of guitars), Fuzzy Bear (with his heavy bass sound) and Holy Bear (lively on the drums). Having fallen into the fire of rock'n'roll, this band forges their own brand of music; a clever mix based on blues, very seventies funk/soul, and the occasional dash of electro or hip hop - these guys are far from sectarian.
Beginning with their first album released in 2000, Jesus Volt's first opus, "Always Drunk, Never Sad", positioned the group as part of the New Rock Blues genre. In 2003, after having met Jean Marie Aerts (Arno, Beverly Jo Scott, Urban Dance Squad), they recorded "Electro Button Funky Coxxx" with this artistic director who led them across their musical boundaries resulting to a flirtation with electro and funk. During their Australian tour in 2004, the band met the infamous Tony Cohen, producer of rockers such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sacred Cowboys and Birthday Party. Together their collaboration led to "In Stereo", an album which was acclaimed by both critics and public alike. Jesus Volt was evolving; the sound was getting dirtier and more urban, reminiscent of RL Burnside, John Campbell or even John Spencer Blues Explosion.
But where this band truly stands out is on stage. With over a thousand concerts to their credit, Jesus Volt earned their reputation as solid live performers. Based in their safe haven France, they have performed in Poland and pass regularly through Germany, the Netherlands, Austria or Italy, playing throughout Europe. Their live album "Hallelujah Mother Fuckers" recorded in Holland faithfully captured the energy as well as the testosterone that they bring to the stage., In 2005, Jesus Volt were invited to play at the legendary RockPalast Tv Show in Germany, a rare privilege in the realm of Rock where few French bands have ever been seen. After the prestige of working with such a name as Tony Cohen, the group got lucky once again as the songs for their new album landed an immediate response from the legendary Australian rock producers, Mark Opitz.
Mark Opitz, award winning music producer and artistic director, is the man behind albums by AC/DC and KISS and has worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper and Hoodoo Gurus producing and as the story goes, upon hearing the demos for the new album, Mark exclaimed "I'll take it, I like it, it's right up my alley." Alongside Mark Opitz who orchestrated Jesus Volt's new album, Vaya con Dildo, Peter Deimel signed on as sound engineer. Deimel, from his BlackBox recording studio in Angers, France, opened his treasure trove of vintage gear to the group as he had done for groups such as Klaxons, Hushpuppies, Deportivo, & Deus. As Mark Opitz put it: "After Power Plant (in New York - FYI), one of the best studios I've worked in" .
With these amazing collaborations, the result would be no other than a tremendous Rock album. Song after song, Jesus Volt's new album, Vaya con Dildo, invites you to take a trip with a singer who leads you across an explosive mix of guitars and powerful drums producing a sound that is all at once beautiful, airy, tense and intense, Rock music taking a hold and not letting go!
VAYA CON DILDO will be released early 2013.