Colin Jones Most I could Muster (Green Garlic Records)
This breath of fresh air in the American music industry whistles its way to you from New Mexico via Seattle and currently Virginia, leaving in its wake atrail of exasperated expressions. The irreverent Colin Jones, unlike many bands caught up in this Kerrang culture, mainly chooses to carry out his commentary on society with poignancy, wit coupled with acoustic guitar and a harmonica, as opposed to discordant guitars and
in your face vocals. The opening number on this five track EP; ‘Shame On Me’ lays a mellow guilt trip that could even make George W Bush himself stumble, as Jones’ Matt Hales meets Damien Rice vocals gently but sternly rip into the treatment of tramps by society;
He possesses soothing folky style vocals and has the lived in look of a friendly vagrant who sits on a park bench and philosophizes with passers-by. However, behind this veil of tranquility lurks an angry soul troubled by the ills of society. The 23 year old Virginia based Colin Jones vehemently vents his anger against the establishment, via lacerating lyrics that could see him dubbed as being the unofficial opposition to the Government of the United States. A prime example being the melodically blunt ‘Shame On Me’ taken from his debut self released; ‘All I Could Muster’ EP that tugs at the conscience of the listener for the treatment of tramps by the legal system and society in general. Jones kindly took time out from touring to give us an insight into his thought processes and refresh us with his unassuming thoughts on life, liberty and music.
1. You are currently based in Virginia, can you describe what the Virginia music scene is like presently and do you feel that you fit into it?