A soul brigade for the ages. When we need it the most, this quintet from Indiana remind us of classic soul music’s healing powers – but also its ability to illustrate pain as well as party. Similar to Curtis Mayfield, Durand Jones & The Indications covers the whole spectrum. Their basement recorded debut from 2016 was made with a total budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents, and that sum include purchase of beer. As drummer Aaron Frazer put it in an interview with NPR: “You don’t need a lot of money to make something that sounds beautiful. You don’t need a lot of know-how to make something that is engaging and authentic. You just need good friends and a karaoke mic.”
Where the first album was unpolished and almost punk in its energy level, this year’s American Love Call is a bit more sophisticated. It broadens what Durand Jones & The Indications are, and what they might be able to do. Of course it’s kind of a throwback to the golden age of soul music, but in the lyrics there’s an urgency and social awareness that’s nothing short of here and now. With the ensemble’s dynamic stage presence and other live qualities in mind we have reason to believe that the gig at this summer’s Way Out West could become quite a sensation.