Mamas Gun ignites the spirit of conscious ’70s soul on a bold, big-hearted new album, Cure The Jones. The new album will be released on April 1.
Out of the turbulence of the past two years comes UK-based soul group Mamas Gun’s fifth album – a lush, nuanced and largely contemporary meditation on a turbulent world, grounded in the classic soul tradition of Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye.
Building on 2018’s Golden Days album and the band’s status as world-renowned live acts, the 11-track opus Cure The Jones represents Mamas Guns’ most comprehensive and powerful work to date. this day – a cheerful and sophisticated exhibition of the art of song, which explores themes of love, loss, life through the most pressing social and political issues of the time.
Written and produced during the pandemic by Mamas Gun frontman Andy Platts with an additional complex soundscape from drummer Chris Boot, Cure The Jones was recorded straight to tape with a range of analog gear at Platts’ home studio in just three days. , emphasizing the band’s soul energy into a cohesive, gospel-tinged whole.
Formed in 2009, the current quintet of Andy Platts (vocals), Terry Lewis (guitar), Dave Oliver (keyboards), Chris Boot (drums) and Cameron Dawson (bass) bring a range of influences to the table. Platts has previously worked with Rod Temperton, Brian Jackson and John Oates (of Hall & Oates), and Lewis’ credits include collaborations with Leon Ware, Lewis Taylor and The Impressions. Elsewhere in the band, Oliver cites his love of New York Latin jazz as a major influence, while Boot’s full-bodied drumming roots the band in the lineage of Durand Jones and Lee Fields. Bassist Cameron Dawson brings a contemporary jazz-funk sensibility developed as part of the Rhythm Section Vels Trio. Both young and mature beyond their years, Mamas Gun brings a unique freshness to the classic soul sound.
This blend of classic and contemporary influences has garnered millions of streams worldwide and garnered praise from The Sunday Times, Billboard, The Guardian and Uncut Magazine. Collectively, the London-based band’s first three albums spawned Top 10 hits on four continents, including the No. 1 single in Japan and top 10 airplay positions in the UK and parts of Europe. ; powered by the band’s sold-out tours and rock-solid performances, including major appearances at the Billboard Music Awards and music festivals such as Love Supreme, Java Jazz and the Seoul Jazz Festival.
While honing a sound built around vintage gear, Cure The Jones hears Platts stretch his legs as one of the UK’s finest songwriters, imbuing his lyrics with the urgency of unfolding events. . As he describes it, “Cure The Jones carries the torch of soul music by being able to reflect and say something about contemporary life in a meaningful way that hopefully preserves the authenticity of how these great albums of social awareness have been made.”
Listen to the first new singles here: