Keeping their heads up and working hard, JESUS VOLT toured
nonstop for almost two years during which they were the
opening act, among others, for ZZ top and their beards on
“No Futura Tour” French dates, and cross Joe Bonamassa’s
path in Poland or meet up with Johnny Winter in Germany.
During the same period, between two gigs, the band started
writing new material.
Quite simply named “Jesus Volt”, as if it heralded a new
beginning, this 5th album was recorded, like its predecessor,
by Mark Opitz and sound engineer Peter Deimel (The Kills,
Hushpuppies, Deportivo, Deus) at the BlackBox studio in
Angers, a true cavern of Ali-Baba full with old vintage stuff
and gear. Beautiful, sometimes dreamy then taut, always
intense, the songs highlight a band who always strives to
keep things interesting.
The guitars are calibrated, targeted, the bass and drums duo
grooves without limit, whereas the touches of keyboards and
harmonica are just rather present and bring an even more
attractive coherence. It is over this beautiful set that the
singing of Lord Tracy reigns supreme, sometimes aggressive,
often punchy; that guy manages even to be almost
melancholic on " Sounds of Rome ".
So, of course, Xavier, Jacques, Julien and Olivier are not called
Dusty, Billy, Jimmy or, Kenny, and they are based in Paris,
France, not in Texas…and yet, when you listen to such bluesy
pieces as “I’m a Jerk” or “The Chant”, it appears obvious that
those four could have been born somewhere in the Deep
South before meeting in Crossroads…but it does not matter
since ultimately, they were baptized by the same electric
current flow which unites the apostles of the big sound.