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Jawbone Open Up

 Arriving with a rich pedigree of having worked with a number diverse acts in their collective past, London-based four-piece Jawbone  will release their eponymous debut album on Friday 9th November 2018, following a swift tour round the UK.

Jawbone  began as a collaboration between established solo artists Paddy Milner (keyboards, vocals) and Marcus Bonfanti (guitar, vocals), but were soon joined by the renowned rhythm section of Rex Horan (bass, vocals) and Evan Jenkins (drums, percussion).

The members of the band have played with everyone from Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ten Years After, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour, Seth Lakeman, Cliff Richard, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Shuggie Otis, Laura Marling, James Hunter, Phil Manzanera, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Carl Black and many more.

This January they were chosen to back Eric Clapton, Van Morrison & Tom Jones at Paul Jones’ legendary charity show at G-Live in Guildford, gaining rave reviews from the artists involved and the sell-out audience alike.

Jawbone pride themselves in their lack of compromise, from the writing and recording processes, through to album artwork. Initial writing sessions took place between Bonfanti and Milner took place at the latter’s house in North London, creating songs that would eventually make up their debut album.

Named after a song taken from The Band’s self-titled 1969 second album, Jawbone tracked all the songs live as a four piece with minimal overdubs at London’s State of The Ark Studio using the famous EMI desk originally installed in the Pathé Marconi studios in Paris. Final touches were added at Bonfanti’s brother’s North London studio where his collection of vintage synthesisers and micro-phones helped the band finalise their ideas.

Keeping it a worldwide effort, the record was mixed in New Zealand by Nick Portman and mastered in Devon by Star Delta with a final bounce to tape intended to add the warmth that is missing from too many records today. The album was additionally mastered for vinyl to ensure both the digital and analogue versions sounded as good as possible.

Milner and Bonfanti’s voices both compliment and contrast throughout the songs as they share lead vocal duties on the album, and to that a three-part harmony is added via Horan’s own falsetto vocals.

Tracks featured on the album are Leave No Traces’, ‘Get What You Deserve’, ‘When Your Gun Is Loaded’, ‘Family Man’, ‘Bet On Yesterday’, ‘Rolling On The Underground’, ‘Big Old Smoke’, ‘Sit Round The Table’, ‘Two Billion Heartbeats’, and ‘The Years Used To Mean So Much’.

 To catch Jawbone on tour see below and for more information visit their website by clicking here.


Milton Keynes, The Stables – Thursday 6 September

Derby, Flowerpot – Friday 7 September

Millport Country Music Festival, Scotland – Sunday 9 September

London, O2 Academy 2 Islington – Wednesday 12 September

Newbury, Arlington – Thursday 13 September

Chichester, Chichester Inn – Saturday 14 September

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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