TRACK RELEASE: Durand Jones & The Indications – ‘Don’t You Know’
WORDS BY XAVI HERAS
Look at their back-catalog, just look at their catalog. Coalmine Records are following what the miners started in the late 17th century in their native Ohio. Extracting not coal but gold. Not just dusting off old rare gems but also digging into the present: Ben Pirani, Jr Thomas & The Volcanoes or Wesley Bright & The Honeytones are fine examples of that.
West of Ohio is Indiana, where Coalmine Records found the shiniest soul prospect in the world. Durand Jones & The Indications got together around their shared passion for black music, wrote a few songs and recorded them, making their name well heard not only all over the US but also in Europe after the release of their self-titled debut album, in March 2018. ‘Smile’, ‘Can’t Keep My Cool’, ‘Make A Change’. All bangers. Like ‘Is it any wonder?’ where drummer Aaron Frazer steps up to sing along with main vocalist Durand Jones, creating a tender and raw mixture. Honest. Brilliant. Vicious-drumming high-pitched deep soul.
The outfit took those tunes on tour last year, hitting up five UK cities, including Gulliver’s in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and London – twice – on the way. What a year they had. And 2019 is already sparkling as the launch of their new single ‘Don’t You Know’ points out. It will be released the 15th of February in a double-sided 7” with True Love on the B-side, with both songs to be included in their upcoming album American Love Call, to come out the 1st of March.
Durand Jones & The Indications are a bunch of soul aficionados who seem to have realised their huge potential. They have gone from recording their debut album in a basement as a group of friends to constant touring and getting into the studio as a proper band. But don’t go thinking they are just Southern Soul revivalists. With their latest track, there’s no looking back to the ’60s. Neither to the ’70s. There’s no looking back at all, although they’re building something on from there. Something exciting.
If you get goosebumps listening to the likes of Charles Bradley, Al Green or The Ambassadors, you’re in for a treat. Especially if ‘I Really Love You’, from the latest, touches you making you slide your feet from side to side. It’s warm like that, just ‘Don’t You Know’ sounds fresh. Sounds good.