Jamestown Revival have come a long way since their debut album “Utah“. The band’s sophomore project , ” The Education of The Wandering Man” released today
The album is another step in the right direction for the talented duo. Their infectious and organic piece of quintessential americana is refreshing in an era of over-produced hits. Their name itself is an ode to one of the first American settlements. Last week I spoke to band-mates Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance about their latest project , reclusive recording sessions and more in an exclusive interview.
So tell me how you two first linked up and started making music together?
Jonathan Clay : Well, we met in Trigonometry class in high school. We hit off pretty quick and both loved music. Pretty soon after we wrote our first song together when we were 15. Thankfully that song hasn’t ever seen the light of day.
How do you feel your sound has evolved since your last album, “Utah”?
Zach Chance: I think the biggest thing is the fact that we’ve added some members. When we wrote and recorded “Utah” it was still just Jon and I doing everything. We’ve been playing with a band for three years now. It makes the live shows a little more engaging and obviously we can write songs with a full band in mind. It’s definitely been fun to grow as a band with those guys.
Tell me a little bit about your recording process for this album?
Jonathan Clay: We recorded pretty isolated from everything. It was all done much in the same way we recorded “Utah”. It was just a bunch of friends living, drinking and writing songs together.
Zach Chance: I think we experimented a little bit more on the production side this time around. We took a couple more chances (see electric guitars) and definitely put more time into thinking everything through. We changed things up a bit , but definitely still maintained the spirit of “Utah” I think.
Do you feel like the environment you surround yourself with effects the type of music you make?
Jonathan Clay: Absolutely, I think if effects us most from a writing stand point. We’re definitely inspired by everything around us. You cancer a lot of that on “Back to Austin” & “American Dream”. They’re both very directly related to sitting on the back country in the hill country just looking at Oak trees and taking that in as inspiration.
You guys have a very organic sound in a time where a lot of music is very over-produced, why do you think your sound has resonated with so many people?
Jonathan Clay : I think people can relate to what we’re talking about. At the end of the day if you can relate to the music you’re listening to you’re going to be drawn to it. To your point though, I think we intentionally under-produce our music. We try to put only what our song needs around it. That’s definitely hard to do sometimes. As a musician you always want to tinker with every little detail in a song.
Any pre-show rituals?
Jonathan Clay: Zach typically does a bit of Kung-Fu.
Zach Chance– This is actually true, but it’s not Kung-Fu in the traditional sense. It’s more like Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse”. I’m typically throwing some kicks around with a cigarette hanging out of my mouth.
The following is actual footage taken immediately before a Jamestown Revival show.
With their new album and evolving sound, Jamestown Revival seems poised to take the preverbal next step in their careers. You can stream the new album, “The Education of The Wandering Man” below. Additionally the band will embark on their nationwide tour in support of the album later this month. To stay up to date on announcements and upcoming shows go check their website out here.