Melbourne power pop / rock outfit Jonesez have just released their latest album ‘Lazyboy‘ through Gun Fever Records last Friday. To launch it, the band will head out on tour later this month playing shows in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. You can grab the album on CD or digitally via Bandcamp [Here]. This week the band took the time to answer our On The Record questions to give us a little insight into the album. Expand this post to stream the album whilst reading their answers. You’ll find all the tour dates below too.
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Tell us about the release title.
It’s called ‘Lazyboy’ and it’s our 3rd album. A “lazyboy” is a word we use to describe a certain kind of guitar riff. For example, when we’re playing a power chord, let’s say… G. Then if the next chord slides just one fret up the neck to G sharp. Then if the next chord slides up one fret again to an A chord. That’s what we call a “lazyboy”, when the notes or chords move only one fret at a time. This record is choc full of lazyboys. In fact the opening track ‘P-90’ is all lazyboys. Does that make sense? It’s kinda hard to put into words.
Tell us about the artwork.
Pat Fox at Apollo Collective did it. Pat actually played drums for Jonesez for about a year, shortly after our first album Betty’s Soup was recorded. He’s a great friend of ours and a great artist. When we were discussing over the phone what kind or art work we wanted for the album, Pat’s dog actually crept up and stole a slice of his pizza straight out of the box. Pat then said “how about a dog laying on a couch eating a slice of pizza?” which is exactly what his dog was doing at the time. I though the idea sounded perfect and we went with it. Pretty easy stuff.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
Just CD standard jewel case and digital. Nothing too fancy.
Who will it be released through, and when?
Gun Fever are putting it out with distro thru Green Media.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We used a bunch of different places because we had stuff all money. Drums and bass we did at Studios In The City with Sam K. We were there for 2 days and had a blast. Guitars were done at our rehearsal studio in Richmond. Arlo and I work there so we get to rent rooms for free if they’re empty. Vocals we did at our producer Darren’s house. It was then mixed by Hadyn Buxton at his studio down the beach.
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Darren Cordeux produced and Hadyn Buxton mixed. That’s the same combination we used on Betty’s Soup and because that record came out great we though we’d risk it and do it again. Lazyboy turned out even better than Betty’s Soup which is a huge relief. Betty’s Soup also had different players on it so it never really felt like we were making the same record twice.
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
Definitely went into it with a conscious effort to make the rhythm guitar parts (and the songs as a whole) simpler so we could make more space for quirkier lead parts. For me that’s the most exciting thing moving forward and making new music, how simple can we make the bare bones of the track and how messed up can we make the melodies and lead parts that go over the top? Can’t wait to find out.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Lot’s of commercial radio. That’s my favorite place to find new pop structures and dynamics that I can pinch and work in Jonesez songs.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
No not really. I’ve found that doesn’t really work. Your record never really ends up sounding anything like one your referencing so why bother. We might as well just sound like us and be happy with it.
How long did you spend in the studio recording?
About 6 days all up. That’s about how long the first two albums took to make too.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
This time we put as much pressure on ourselves as we could. We implemented a “3 strike policy”. That means we each got 3 chances to record our parts. If it got to a point (which it did) where one of us had used up our 3 chances of nailing a take, then we just had to settle for the best take out of the 3. There’s definitely a few mistakes that we can hear on the record and I’m keen to see if other people can hear them too. I think it gives the record a real honest quality.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
Yeah for sure. In the past we’d just keep tracking until we got it right.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
No, no guests.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
There’s an awful kazoo solo on track 12 that’s only in there because I ran out of lyrics. Apart from that, it’s all done with live gear.
Any memorable studio moments?
We do our fair share of dumb stuff that probably only funny to us. Each day we have a dress up theme. Pyjama day, shitty suit day, athlete day, hobo day (which looks a lot like shitty suit day), shitty athlete day where we all dress up as rugby and soccer players.
Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
Yes! We did a cover of Just Keep Walking by INXS but it’s not mixed. Maybe we’ll get around to it later in the year.
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
A song called Breakfast Of Champions. It’s a lot bigger and uglier than anything we’ve ever done and I’m excited to play it.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
The songs are better and I also think we’ve done a great job at capturing the bands energy. We’ve also made videos for 3 of the songs already which is more than what we did for the first few records. I’m thinking we’ll make one or two more for this record. We do love making our own videos.
Anything else you want to say or about the release?
Yeah! We’re on tour in May. Come out and say hey!
JONESEZ – ‘Lazyboy‘
Available now on Gun Fever Records.
Grab it on CD or Digitally [Here].
23rd – The Basement, Canberra [18+] w/ No Assumption
24th – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney [18+] w/ Wasters, Propeller, Designer Mutts
31st – Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood [18+] w/ Super Best Friends, Darts, Have/Hold
7th – The Metro, Adelaide [18+] w/ Horror My Friend, The Rocketeers, Charlie Monsoon
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