Towards the rear of 2014, UK trio Turrentine Jones signed with London based label Rough Trade and released debut album Our Days. It was a proposition which marked an already rising attention upon the 2012 formed Manchester trio, and sparked a fresh wave of media and fan support. Now the band backs it up with the seriously catchy single Moonlight is On Yer Side, a song taken from the band’s full-length carrying all the attributes which has already made Turrentine Jones a very flavoursome favourite for a great many.
Last year saw the band play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, becoming the third most shared act of the day on the BBC event website. This was soon followed by the link up with Rough Trade and the unveiling of Our Days. So it is fair to say that 2014 was a strong year for the band with all indications that this one will follow suit. First single from the album, Moonlight is On Yer Side has already found itself played across over 40 stations to date, a success you can only expect continuing as its release takes hold.
Produced by Chris Hamilton, the song which is lyrically inspired by vocalist/guitarist Julian Neville’s aunty who is a full-on alcoholic, undeniably has that Manchester air to its swagger and melodic persuasion. There are whispers of bands like Inspiral Carpets and Stone Roses flirting with thoughts within what is a character and presence to the song which prove to be fresh and individual. References to artists such as The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, and Booker T and the MGs have been offered the band’s way too, and again whiffs emerge in the single but once more mere spicing to the infectious encounter.
The opening tone of the bass makes appealing bait and is soon matched in effect by the stabs of guitar from Neville and a colourful and expressive dance of keys from Thomas Scotson. There is a great seventies breath to their designs, a sultriness which equally brings a Brit Pop toning whilst the guitar also at times dips into a magnetic sixties flame with its enterprise. With the crisp beats of Rich Watts framing it all and the vocals of Neville familiar and impressive, that Manchester twang you know, the song is an energetic palette of sonic colour and increasingly persuasive.
The buzz around Turrentine Jones is beginning to become rampant and it is fair to say that the highly satisfying Moonlight is On Yer Side is only going to encourage further praise and attention upon the band.
Moonlight is On Yer Side is available from April 20th
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