Remember, Jones’ post-pandemic plans include a new band, new sound, new songs, lots of touring
The Sea.Hear.Now Festival at Asbury Park will be a big event for the New Jersey rock community: a mega-festival, on the beach, with sets from Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, The Avett Brothers, Patti Smith and many more.
It is no exaggeration to say that the September 18-19 festival could seem like an unofficial end to the havoc the pandemic has wrought on the local music community. But it will also represent a new start for one of New Jersey’s most prominent artists on the bill: Remember Jones, who will use their set from September 19 to launch a new band and new material for an upcoming album.
âI feel like I represent myself a little more confidently,â says Jones, who performed under his birth name, Anthony D’Amato, before adopting the stage name of Remember Jones in 2014. âI think this is probably the best sound output. I have ever had. I think it really sums up all the colors of my voice, and I wrote all the songs myself, which is different from my previous releases .
âWhile I continue to tinker with other people’s songs live and show my influences that way – I love being a songwriter and doing my own versions of things, that will always be there – I’m happy to pair them with my songs. own songs and really show all the ways I can go. “
He gives a preview of his new sound with his funky, playful and very catchy new single, “Fat Jeans”, inspired by the extra pounds that many people took on during the pandemic. You can watch his animated video, directed by Tyler March, below.
Jones had wanted to work with March for a long time. âI sent him a first demo,â he said, âand he said, ‘I think this is the one we need to work on.’ â¦ It really was the perfect time for us to do that. I’m still working on my branding – you know, my stuff on stage, my new look and things like that. So that was a nice bridge between the old and new.
âThe song does that too. There is R&B. He’s got horns and things like that. But lyrically, styled, and produced, it’s definitely a bit more modern than what I’ve released before. And honestly, it resonates more with who I personally am. I just thought the song, with its kind of tongue-in-cheek mentality and, you know, it’s kind of a Lonely Island-like vibe, was perfect for an animated video.
Back when he was still playing as Anthony D’Amato, Jones was quite overweight and was very open about the major changes he made to become healthier.
âA lot of how I was presented in the video was my choice, with my instincts kind of lagging behind,â he said. “It’s a great way for me to play on my past and current struggles, but also to have fun with it and be kind of positive for my body.”
The old Jones groups were numerous, with several horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and backing vocalists. His new group (whose members he declined to identify at this early stage) will be more streamlined.
âIt’s more of a rock-forward group,â he said. âTwo guitars, a keyboard, a drums, a bass, a saxophone and a singer. There will be incoming and outgoing guests as usual, which I love to do, and we are really playing with the sounds and exploring the sounds, a little more. Also, everyone in the band is a singer, not just the singerâ¦ Everyone uses their voice as an instrument, which I’m really passionate about, and that also helped me to narrow it down a bit.
âEven though I had a large group and we did so many good things, I think I was limited in what I offered because of influences and the comfort level of others. I would never want anyone to be in a position where they feel unfaithful to themselves. So there were (in the past) a lot of me who would say, âSure, if that sounds good to you, then I’m depressedâ or âIf it feels good to you, it’s okay. And now it’s a bit the opposite. I envisioned everything and the type of cast, for lack of a better word, the band and the sound of the people I wanted to involve in this particular stage of my career.
With a smaller group, he said, he will be able to play in a wider variety of venues. And musically, he said, “I’m able to shape-shift a little bit more and artistically realize the visions I have for the production of the show and the sounds.” I spend a lot of time doing that with this particular band – a lot of effects, a lot of electronic stuff going in and out with authentic sounds. Of course, I’ll bring a lot of that old-fashioned kind of bravado and always be the multi-faceted artist that I am. But it will definitely change genres more than in the past – which I think I did, but my own songs (not covers) will help me do that.
He hopes to release the new album in February and tour from February to April. âWe are currently forwarding the dates,â he said. âIt’s very competitive for next year because a lot of people are doing the same, and a lot of people have already moved their dates to 2022. But we are planning a lot of tours in the United States next year.
He has a number of more upcoming shows. Every Friday and Sunday this summer, he will appear in Glen Burtnik’s “Summer of Love” shows at the Hall of ovations at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City. And on July 24, he will perform with Motor City Revue at the Monmouth County Fair in full ownership.
He remained busier than most musicians during the pandemic, with a series of online shows. But it wasn’t the most satisfying experience, he says now.
âLive streaming is not my preferred medium for connecting with people,â he said. âI know a lot of venues and promoters are still using it, which I think is a good bridge back to live shows as we knew them. But I don’t think people really connect to music, artists, and storytellers that way. I felt this disconnection as a performer. It’s very difficult to get high Cs to go down to a small dot on the screen.
âBut I will say that I learned a lot. I enjoyed the production and the work that made it possible to do what I was doing with the live broadcast, and the fans really gave. We gave almost $ 20,000 to charity and, you know, people gave a lot to the Remember Jones charity when I wasn’t working. So it was really, really rewarding and I was able to pay musicians and pay technicians and my sound designer. Everyone was able to work.
âSo it was good and bad. I just don’t prefer it.
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