Hidden deep in one of Americas most beautiful islands, Kauai, Phil Jones and his band have been crafting a remarkably enlightening blend of world infused electro-rock.
Phil is a native Californian with a background in music that dates to his early childhood singing and playing guitar for various bands such as The Mad Tea Party of Hermosa Beach. Now, he writes a different kind of song, imbued with the spiritual understandings only years of travel and self-reflection could inspire. His song writing is intended to spark positive change, love, religious tolerance, racial equality, peace and personal evolution in a fast paced and changing world. With an ultimate goal of changing the world in a positive way, Phil sees no better tool for this purpose than the power of song.
This mellow yearning for a better world is reminiscent of Jack Johnson, while his deep, gritty voice and penetrating wisdom resounds like a surf soaked Leonard Cohen. Songs, “The Perfect Wave” and “The Golden Race”, have a similar feel to Mr. Cohen’s seminal album, “The Future”, with its acoustic prowl and mystical qualities – slightly tinged with Moby like electronic undercurrents. But that is about as close as one can come to boxing in the dynamic sound on Raise Up, Phil Jones’ forthcoming LP.
His songs tend to come to him in dreams and just as effortlessly transform into full-blown arrangements via his extremely talented band of local players. They insist on keeping things light, even though the subject matter can get a bit heavy. He explains, “As soon as it gets too serious or we push too hard, things don’t work out.” Which seems to not only apply to writing music, but the way Phil looks at his entire experience.
Besides music - family, personal growth and enjoyment top the bill. He owns Pure Hawaii, a custom spa private home resort throughout the Hawaiian Islands that welcomes people to enjoy the finer things in life. His passion for living life to its fullest, becoming a better human, and surrounding himself with beauty shines through in his song. That is what he hopes his music will spark within people as well.
Phil invites you to Raise Up, open your heart, and enjoy the ride.
Phil Jones - Vocals, guitars
Kirk Smart - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Eli Sandoval - Vocals
Cary Valentine - Drums. percussion
Harry Kuehu Kaaumoana Jr. - Ukelele
2011 Single Video Releases for the Golden Race, Are You Aligned?, the Perfect Wave. 2012 Single Video Releases TIME, Gone, Raise Up, Roots and Evermore. 2013 single release All I Want. The Phil Jones album "Evermore" will be released in July 2013.
All I Want
Are You Aligned
The Perfect Wave
The Golden Race
Phil Jones - Phil Jones Songs (2012)
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Hidden deep in one of Americas most beautiful islands, Kauai, Phil Jones and his band have been craf...Hidden deep in one of Americas most beautiful islands, Kauai, Phil Jones and his band have been crafting a remarkably enlightening blend of world infused electro-rock.
Phil is a native Californian with a background in music that dates to an early childhood spent singing and playing guitar for various bands such as The Mad Tea Party of Hermosa Beach. Now he writes a different kind of song, imbued with the spiritual maturity only years of travel and self-reflection could inspire. His music promotes positive change, love, religious tolerance, racial equality, peace and personal evolution. Phil's ultimate goal is to change the world into a better place, and he sees no better tool for this purpose than the power of song.
The mellow grooves of Phil's music and the peaceful yearning for a better world expressed by his lyrics are reminiscent of Jack Johnson, while his deep, gritty voice and penetrating wisdom evoke the work of Leonard Cohen. There is also a laid-back mood in his songs that reminds me of J.J Cale, whereas the vocal delivery has a strong resemblance with Chris Rea. Moreover, songs like "Are You Aligned" demonstrate a social uneasiness that proves he has a restless spirit. In their Moby-esque, electronic-tinged acoustic prowl and mystical whimsy songs like "The Perfect Wave" and "The Golden Race" suggest a 21st century equivalent of Mr. Cohens seminal album, "The Future". But such comparisons only gives a small hint at the dynamic sound on Raise Up, Phil Jones' forthcoming LP. For now, here's a small sample of his fine work.
Phil Jones - Raise Up
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Over the years we’ve seen rock, pop, and even hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corpo...Over the years we’ve seen rock, pop, and even hard rock slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish and highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” and I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n’ Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, & Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference, but not everyone is entertained. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something with a positive message, something that’s pushes the emotional envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t leave it soul at the door.
So across my desk slides the new 5 songs EP by Hawaii based Phil Jones : http://www.facebook.com/PhilJonesBand entitled “Raise-Up.” What I heard put a smile on my face. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a nice rock feel. Jones reminds me of a modern day Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Lifehouse, and Eric Clapton with a classic Ventures guitar groove. You will also hear a side of Rhythm and Blues, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock and even Pop. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. My favorite track is probably “The Golden Race” EP is available through the link above.
“Raise-Up” by Phil Jones is an invigorating. Invigorating in the sense that it will lift your spirits, and give you a sense of hope for a better tomorrow. This EP is a solid release with many feel good rock grooves with a pleasant rock driven guitar sound that is just a pleasure to listen to. Trust me when I say I could listen to this guys solo guitar licks all day long. It’s an EP that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well like everything else.
Phil Jones plays "wisdom rock for fans of Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan
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Phil Jones is a lyric-driven rock singer/songwriter who hails from Kauai, Hawaii. He’s the type of a...Phil Jones is a lyric-driven rock singer/songwriter who hails from Kauai, Hawaii. He’s the type of artist I instantly respect because of the genuine nature of the music and the lyrics. He is naturally a “truth sayer”. Like the great philosophical songwriters and lyricists of our time like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Sprinstein, Phil Jones typically writes about positive change, politics, human rights, love, redemption, and personal growth. It’s artists like Mark Lanegan and Leonard Cohen that come to mind when listening to Phil’s deep, raspy baritone, although he has his own distinct tone.
With subtle electronic elements guiding the dark acoustic composition “The Perfect Wave”, Phil tells haunting tales and delivers some serious warnings before the progression lifts for the chorus, and the brilliant line “I’m sending out the perfect wave” emerges. It’s not often I’ll post a full passage, but I have to in this case. These are some of the best lyrics I’ve read in a long time, taken from “The Perfect Wave”:
“Can you hear what karma say?
You fell, you fled, you tripped, you strayed
Your heart’s been sold
Your soul delayed
Today is done
The wedding’s off til the debts are paid
Another left for broke
Alone and afraid
Shoulda given love, given love away
Sending out the perfect wave”
With wisdom and optimistic sadness, this song conveys deep-seeded emotion and clarity. You can download it below from the Soundcloud link.
“Are You Aligned?” continues the journey into electronic Americana territory, asking “Are you aligned? It’s evolution time”. Soaring backup vocals lift the chorus to drive the message home and the guitars are reminiscent of the great Chris Isaak with their ominous twang. As the beat progresses, it sounds almost dance-esque, which serves as a well done fusion of styles. Phil did a video for the song, which contains some appropriate Occupy protest footage. Check it out below, and be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the upcoming release of Phil Jone’s album entitled “Raise Up”:
Phil Jones shows the love not "Gone" after all these years
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Family is a theme to often missing from the world of Pop music. Phil Jones seems to be bridging this...Family is a theme to often missing from the world of Pop music. Phil Jones seems to be bridging this gap with songs like “Gone” which are full of depth and passionate lyricism. This is definitely dedicated to the one he loves, but unlike the Mamas and Papas, Phil’s family saga nixes the heart break and drugs in exchange for serenity and true love.
This richly layered song is paired with scenic visions of Phil’s homeland Kawaii and the ridiculously mellow activities of a centered couple. They enjoy a hike through the bucolic green land, children in toe, stopping under waterfalls and shady trees to take it all in. When the refrain calls out “it’s on, it’s on, it’s on” its clear to see this is a satisfied man with a satisfied song.
How amazing is it that someone can pine over his lover after so many years, kids, changes, etc… pretty damn amazing. Its easy to whip up a song based on the hormonal pulses of lust, but to really dig deep and come up with something invigorating and sexy about a long term relationship, that’s magic. Curious why Phil doesn’t end up with his wife in the infinity hot tub by the end, but I suppose the sensual island man pulling us into his exotic web is just as steamy.
We look forward to Phil’s up coming surfed out poetic rock release One - due out some time in early 2013.