Hailing from Victoria, BC, you know the place where our good pal Kkidss comes from, Jons have started making waves of their own and are about to re-release their latest record At Work On Several Things out on March 17th via Field Mates Records. Third Introduces Jons...
At Work On Several Things
The phrase At Work On Several Things addresses a lot for us (and probably everyone). It well describes how we function as a band; it seems like there's rarely a time when all four of us are simultaneously free. It's also descriptive of where we're at as artists. The phrase really captures how 'busyness' rules our worlds.
Keenan made the artwork using various old postcards. The inspiration for it came when he found one at a flea market in Vancouver, that had all of this industrial imagery on it that seemed to align well with the title of the album. Regarding the image, the absurdity of all of these different people and worlds they live in just budging into each other is meant to both communicate a feeling of busyness, as well as touch on the hyperactivity found in today's internet culture coupled with reality.
"Something about looking around at each other in silence with big headphones on while some of you are fiddling with knobs on machines makes you feel sort of like you're in a submarine or something.
Recording is kind of like being in a submarine"
3 Song Influence
Everything Happen's To You was named in jest of the jazz standard Everything Happens To Me, written by Tom Adair and Matt Dennis. This came about because we had Keenan's friend Adam Jasieniuk record some saxophone on what was originally a straightforward Krautrock song. Adam ended up doing some real jazzy stuff on it // Patrick and David talked about The Beatles song Mean Mr. Mustard a handful of time, trying to pick apart what elements of it made it so sweet, which definitely found its way into the album // We can't leave out This Night Has Opened My Eyes by The Smiths. It's just a very high quality and inspiring song.
We visited some good friends in Toronto while out that way on tour. We had a total blast walking around the city and watching the first few episodes of Sex and the City on VHS. The ability for us to have had that great time is thanks to being in this band in the first place. At a certain point Jons turned into this sort of collective between the four of us that lets us experience new things and different places through the performance of music, which is definitely sweet as hell and the reason we all do what we do.
The number of press releases we get these days mentioning Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts and Sonic Youth as the main influences is amazing. Oh, I forgot Pavement. The band Jons, "just four dudes who love listening to and playing music", purportedly belong to this category. "There's a Mac DeMarco in their music, but they're no copycats", reads the record release. They're not Mac Demarco. They are far from Demarco, very far away...
At Work On Several Things is the sound of a summer jam cruising round the OC. Jons seem to need a level of absurd to satisfy their creative thirst, see aforementioned saxophone track. But then in reality they keep to the same themes. They focus on variations of drone monotony, keep everything muted. There's the easy Mac Demarco "comparison" to make of course; the dream-like jangling of guitars, but that's where it stops.
In all honesty the record at times feels like a challenge to work through. Some tracks never quite reach their peak, or dare to take you anywhere new. There are a few moments of glory. Blood Red LeBaron is ultimately a cool song. The guitar and voice find their harmony, here. Dobro Genuis is another track which excites us. A more upbeat tempo, it's a clear idea of how Jons could shape their sound. This is definitely the best track on the record. Gutter Master must also take credit for its stylishness.