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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. Amen.

© A.Randall