Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Thu 09 Mar 0800
On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that its hard to believe there is anything left. Its been twenty years since The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed record, and twenty years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rockn’roll that did for a new wave of blues-punk primitivists what Helen of Troys face did for the armada.
But make no mistake: Jon Spencer was there first. He is the original. It was his sanctified outbursts and blues-bending riffs that began the new-fangled roots rock revolution and spawned countless imitators. With Pussy Galore, he gargled with the Stones and Stooges and wrestled with industrial noise and fuzzed-out fucked-up sixties garage crud with Blues Explosion, he drove furiously into the future with incendiary spirit built from courage, audacity, and revolt. Nothing has been the same since.
Live, the band remains quite a show, generating the kind of sweat and excitement that became anathema to many punk and post-punk bands.
Punk rock as God intended it.
‘As a frontman Spencer knows what hes doing, every peacock strut, every crowd interaction and vocal break has been done a thousand times before in every spit n sawdust and dirty rock and roll venue across the world and this is what makes his performance so effortless yet bombastic.