Bristol’s Family Jools presented a glorious throwback to the past on Monday night in Camden boozer, The Fiddlers Elbow, melding the cool wooziness of 70’s rock with effervescent blues. It was a short performance, the band only playing four songs, but it was more than enough to achieve real impact.
I was hooked from the first moment, with their British charm and tremendously rich sound, they take influences from the likes of The Beatles and combine flavours of early Pink Floyd and The Doors.
The quintet from Bristol, under the management of End of The Trail Records, are quite easily on the way to something great here. Hands down, nothing has grabbed me like this before, especially live. The tightness between the rhythmic section – Jake Banks (bass), Joe (keys) & Euan Palmer (drums) – was spectacular, although it took frontman George Sims a good few minutes to tune his guitar in-between the first and second song, he had no tuner. Buy a Tuner! But that’s being picky, they won the crowd and myself back straight away.
The reminiscence of this vintage almost 70’s-like sound and style was funnily enough mirrored when Sims echoed that famous line from the King of Soul himself, James Brown: “Take it to the bridge!”. It made everything to do with the performance real; accompanied by gloriously rich solos from Jack Hawkins on lead guitar, this was just another moment in time where the performance felt spellbinding. Their second song and recent single ‘Get Off’ stood out the most for me and has the real qualities to be something remembered in years to come.
The Family Jools will play The Stag & Hounds in Bristol tomorrow, Friday 3rd February.