The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone
- Miles Fielder
- 20 September 2012
First album in eight years is more of the same down-and-dirty punk-blues
It’s been eight years since the Blues Explosion’s last studio album. In that time the band members have pursued solo projects, with frontman Jon Spencer focusing on his boppin’ rockabilly venture Heavy Trash. Now they’re back 21 years after they first arrived – sounding like they never went away. Which is a great thing if you dig their once pioneering, now widely influential (see everyone from The White Stripes to The Jim Jones Revue), still gloriously ferocious brand of down-and-dirty punk-blues that’s shot through with garage rock, soul, rhythm and blues, funk and rap. Encompassing the whole spectrum of the Explosion sound and raucous as it ever was, Meat and Bone plays like both a ‘best of’ collection and a debut album.