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The best kept secret in music


"Nashville Scene"

Up With The Joneses The Chattanooga music scene has been heating up the past couple of years, and perhaps the most noteworthy act to emerge is this eclectic quartet, who veer from funk to power-pop to roots-rock to metal on their polished, energetic debut album Numbers and Vultures. Their why-not-try-this genre-bending sometimes produces an indistinct (and overproduced) muddle, but consistently well-wrought rhythmics, strong vocals, serviceable hooks and a general spirit of sincerity and passion mark them as minor-leaguers to watch. You'll have two chances to see them this week, the first when they open for the Led Zeppelin tribute act Communication Breakdown at 3rd & Lindsley, the second on Saturday when they play with the del giovanni clique at Windows on the Cumberland.

- N.M.

"Southeastern Performer"

....an EP that will survive and hopefully fall on the right ears. A live performance reminiscent of MC5 and early Van Halen. - Otter Couch


This release is an all live, all original, six track disc from those crazy and goofy Jones. This CD was recorded live at Rhythm and Brews back on the 10th of December and has since been readied for the public's enjoyment. The disc opens up with a pretty high energy track called "Microwaveable Europe" that can only be described as nothing short of pure rock and roll. The bold and in your face style of jam speaks volumes to the listener as the band belts out one hard-core track after another. That leads me to the fact that because this is a live release, you can really get the feel of what their performances are like in person...rock, rock and more rock. However, it's just not all about the rock, in parts, it's funky, in others it sounds kind of, what I call goof-ball rock with the unique changes and guitar work. I'll tell you what...it's pretty good - Bill Schlitz


*** A band called "Up With The Joneses" Has been around for a number of years making their brand of party music synonomous with high energy fun times in "The Scenic City of the South." I would call their style of music "Speed Funk"........or something of that nature....I went to see them last weekend at "The Vineyard." It was the first time I've been to one of their shows in a couple of years and I have to say they've definitely "matured" musically and have got an iron grip on whatever it is that makes the audience want to dance. Evidence of their new maturity abounds in their sense of humour, with lyrics like "You Used to Swim around inside your daddy's balls" causing the audience to simultaenously dance and collapse with laughter. Their riffs are tighter than ever and front man T.J. Greever's outlandish outfits and rocking 'fro are still part of the act. But what impresses me is that these guys have been relentlessly pounding out the beats ever since they first got together some years back and I feel the time is right for them to hit the long road and bring home some fresh meat . Any relatively youthful audience who enjoys churning it up and partying down will be pleased with their infectiously energetic and good natured performance. At the end of their set they still had the audience dancing hard to the only cover song I recognized, their upbeat version of Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," which says a lot about their ability to infuse the funk into any situation. http://www.upwiththejoneses.com/

- Robin Y.


aslabasliceachunka, 1999 EP (out of print)
Numbers and Vultures, 2001 independent release, full length studio, 772 copies sold to date
6 song EP independent release, 434 copies sold to date.


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UP WITH THE JONESES formed in 1998, have played more than 300 shows since their inception. Throughout the southeast the band has developed markets and earned a sizeable fan base. The Joneses have shared the stage with such acts as David Grey, King's X, Cracker and Southern Culture on the Skids.
UP WITH THE JONESES strongest trait, aside from performing, is their ability to conquer markets and develop fanbases.
Influences include: Black Sabbath, Jane's Addiction, Johnny Cash, Frank Black, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Faith No More, The Beach Boys, Morphine, the sound of glass breaking and many, many more.