with Ginger Root Think of the USAs great soul music cities and Bloomington, Indiana may not spring straight to mind. Yet this thriving Midwestern college town has a rich history with the music. It saw Americas first collegiate pop ensemble, the Indiana University Soul Revue, founded back in 1971 and now claims birthplace to Durand Jones & The Indications. A young quintet carrying the torch left behind by the likes of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, combine their love for the soul genre with a DIY punk ethos and an emphatically persuasive live show, all of which is evident on the acts eponymous debut album, Durand Jones & The Indication, released early 2018 by Dead Oceans/Colemine.The Indications story starts earlier this decade with, ironically, a loud rock n roll band, Charlie Pattons War, formed by four under-grads attending IUs Jacobs School of Music. Guitarist Blake Rhein (from Michigan) and drummer Aaron Frazer (from Maryland) soon bonded over their additional love of hip-hop, and a quest for the source of the genres more intriguing samples found them digging out obscure soul records. Understandably, when offered a chance to work sound for IUs famed Soul Revue, Rhein seized it. Enter, stage left, Durand Jones. A native of rural Hillaryville, Louisiana, Jones was a self-composed childhood introvert brought out of his shell when his grandmother gifted him an alto saxophone, which he played all the way through a BA in general music education from South Eastern Louisiana University, and on up to post-grad study at Jacobs. Once in Bloomington, he joined and toured with the all-sax Kinari Quartet, performing complex chamber music, and winning international awards in the process. I always felt I was going to be a classical musician, he says of his ambitions.
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