Prone to Jones is an alt-rock, power rock trio based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Since forming in late 2019, Bruce Day, Taylor King and Nick Sinclair have quickly created a covalent bond of rock, passion and chemistry. Hot off the release of their self-titled album Prone to Jones, these dudes are motivated to pursue their goal of world domination. Their debut was recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Factory Recording Studio in Des Moines, by Phillip Young using Pro Tools. The album is a culmination of songs written by Bruce Day about real-life experiences as well as fantasy. Rockers at heart, the band expresses their passion for music along with their emotional connection to each song. Kicking things off is “Lethal Weapon Infinity” a heavy, grinding guitar song with an inspirational soaring sound – a powerful rock opener. What I liked best about it was the intermission, which features acoustic, keys and a Gilmour-like guitar solo, albeit a short one.
Next up is “Castlevania” and it features a fun, brooding rhythm and playful guitar licks. Tension in the trio’s playing builds up during the song’s break and Bruce Day, who writes the songs (and I’m assuming is the singer), really belts out the words towards the end, in a Chris Cornell kind of way. Speaking of Soundgarden, “Soul Scream” has a deep and heavy sludgy feel to it, like something from the seasoned Seattle band. I really like the band’s sparse use of words during the chorus, other than “I-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i YEAAAHH” which was just right for this number. Overall, a dark sounding song with a great, infectious guitar riff. “Spicy Mexican Burrito” is yes, a humorous title and to match it, a fun dancing rhythm. This one would definitely be worth seeing live – (c’mon Covid virus, let us see live music again!)
“For You” is a slower, lighter tune contrasting the previous, and it also seems to have a Latin-influenced, romantic feel to it – at least from what I could tell. Think Santana meets up with Big Head Todd and The Monsters. Moving on, “Can You Hear Me” has a style that’s one-part earthy rock with sprinklings of outlaw country/blues rock. I’d say something like The Allman Brothers (minus the piano/keys) meets Ram Jam meets Chris Stapleton and a few other artists in there, too. Great number!
“Stringer” was a curveball, I’d have to say. It’s definitely a lighter, indie pop tune with funny lyrics. I would even say the band took a page from the early days of rock n’ roll, as they throw in a style that harkens back to the ‘50s and ‘60s. They say variety is the spice of life – and this trio certainly has variety on this album. The last tune, “Stringer (edited)” says ‘edited’ but it clocks in five seconds longer than the previous version. Anyway, a fun closing tune.
Overall, I would say Prone To Jones is a tight trio that showcases many styles and influences on their debut album – one I would recommend.
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