Zach Jones & The Tricky Bits
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2019
Zach Jones & the Tricky Bits are living proof of the continuing charm of power-pop. Centered around Jones's undeniable vocal talent and gleeful, witty song-craft, the band's catalogue has the tunefulness and longing of the early Beatles, The Byrds, Big Star, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The band’s new single, "Lonesome & Blue,” reaches back even further in time, with a Buddy Holly-esque retro swagger and a vintage cheeriness that is contagious. It was co-written, co-produced, recorded, and mixed — in mono — by Paul Loren, a gifted artist in his own right and a fellow devotee of the rock ‘n’ roll records of yesterday. The song's buoyant and effortless groove is a happy byproduct of the kinship among Jones, Loren, and the Tricky Bits: Brian Killeen, Oscar Albis Rodriguez, and Hannah Winkler (The Weird Years).
"This particular song is an homage to the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and the Four Seasons," Jones tells me. "The theme of the song is that sense of regret (i.e. did-I-totally-fuck-this-up) that comes with ending a relationship, and it’s filtered through that lens of the great rock ‘n’ roll of the ‘50s and ‘60s." Adobe & Teardrops, who has the premiere today, writes, "The song has a wry sensibility that keeps one foot planted in the present -- though the obvious joy that comes through in the band's playing is timeless." Jones says, "I never aim to operate in nostalgia, but those records and sounds are so real and so vital to me that I wanted to tip my hat to them while still striving to make something fresh."
Jones’s precision and songwriting smarts come from over a decade of well-honed experience as a sideman (Sting, Elle King, Secret Someones) and a producer (A Great Big World, Jenny Owen Youngs).
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