Akin to Gram Parsons’ self-dubbed “Cosmic American Music” – an amalgam of country, rhythm and blues,soul, folk and rock music, while carrying the spirit of the 70’s pop-rock scenein the UK, FAMILY JOOLS have already been compared to some of the greats. The Band, the sound of Classic Northern Soul, Big Star and many others have been used as sonic comparisons by many critics attempting to classify their impassioned live shows. With nods from Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music),John Kennedy (Radio X) and Charlie Ashcroft (Amazing Radio) and securing some serious real estate with CLASH, The Mirror and Fred Perry Subculture, the Bristolian jangly pop outfit now add to their succession of singles, releasing ‘Don’t Know’.
Tempestuous organs hallmark the underlying floor of rhythm and blues influence, while feverish snare drums and guitars mould the track into a 60’s-esque minimalistic pop-rock composition. George’s vocals soulfully saunter across the mix, yet there’s a stylistic hoarseness and grit that he builds on their jangly instrumentation. The visual lets us see a more tongue-in-cheek side to the band, as frontman George plays photographer in a Twiggy-reminiscent photoshoot, directed by Paul Brooking.
Here’s what Family Jools had to say about the track; “Don’t Know was written as a stream of consciousness, so its more about the actual song than the meaning behind the words. We went for a classic sound with the recording which was produced by Darren Lawson, who’s great in the studio. The video was a definite nod to the film ‘Blow Up’. We decided to have more fun in this video as we tend to be a little more serious normally.”
Stream ‘Don’t Know’ below.