The Screamin' Joe Jeffersons
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The Screamin’ Joe Jeffersons
Club Fandango, The Monarch, London

added: 13 Jan 2011 // gig date: 6 Jan 2011
reviewer: Jonathan Everall
The Screamin’ Joe Jeffersons - Club Fandango, The Monarch, London -

Thursday may have been the New Friday for a while now but the first Thursday of the year is a tough date for anyone. And in Camden on a drizzly night it’s probably even harder. Nonetheless a fair few mad, brave or supportive souls came out for the first Monarch Club Fandango of the year and The Screamin’ Joe Jeffersons headlined.

Four waistcoated men took to the red curtained stage at ten. Lead by Jefferson Davis with non-seasonal Halloween eyes, acoustic guitar and a confident rapport with the audience, not to mention japes about the tartan stage rug. A little echo on the mic and some thundering drums (Nick Birdt) and In Love With Something Wrong opened their set with a hard rock ‘n’ roll vibe like a vision in rhythm. I was reminded of the Reverend Horton Heat but another punter suggested more recognisably a young Johnny Cash.

The contagious beat lead to a gold spangled Spandexed guy writhe around on the floor in front of the band with a lithe Lithuanian girl - distraction enough for the lads, let alone the audience but the first track segued into Wizzkids which was equally frenetic. Jefferson’s quiff by this point had been lost to the performance, the singer plugged directly into the mains.

The first proper chance of applause lead into the slower Grey Rose – demonstrating a command of a different edge. There could have been a little Soundgarden in there but the sounds and the lyrics are all their own. Pandemonium Place went more psychedelia with the echo effect again but the band remained tight with Stefan Hamilton on lead guitar. A fifth number, Choke, felt more Americana and had a playground chant energy to it.

The close of Silk Lips was introduced with a warning of no encores and for me was the single in waiting. Noisy-quiet-noisy, great chords, Benjamin Spencer playing some throbbing bass, the whole band totally in the zone and the audience fully won over. The group’s got a gravitational pull and by the end everyone there was orbiting the stage.

Basically if a band can sound this exciting so soon after the 31st, if they can rouse a performance this highly charged, well, it needs to be your New Year’s resolution to catch them. The Screamin’ Joe Jeffersons – they’re real rock ’n’ rollers - only heavier.



Still working on that hot first release.



After a nomadic year in the southern hemisphere, Jefferson Davis returned to his homeland with a journal full of words and formed the collective known as ‘The Screamin’ Joe Jeffersons'. They started to make noises. The noise told them what it wanted, so they decided not to get in its way…