Durand Jones and the Indications to play Cellar Door on March 30

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – If you thought the sounds of Motown died with Detroit’s auto industry, then you clearly haven’t listened to Durand Jones and the Indications. Their supercharged model of classic soul has a deeper rumble with heavy drums and blown-out lyrics and a different chassis, comprised of four white guys backing up African-American frontman Durand Jones in true American style.

After reluctantly getting his start in the youth choir, Jones left the marshes of Louisiana for the foothills of Indiana in the fall of 2012. Alto saxophone in tote he enrolled in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

“Being a singer was never part of the plan,” Jones admits.

But soon enough Jones found his way in front of a rowdy rock-n-roll band belting out a rambunctious rendition of “Dock Of The Bay,” to a basement full drunken undergrads.

That rowdy band unfolded into the Indications – comprised of drummer, Aaron Frazer, guitarist Blake Rhein, bassman Kyle Houpt, and organist Justin Hubler.

Inspired by a handful of dusty and obscure 45s baring names like the Ethics, the Brothers of Soul, and the Icemen, the Indications set out to make a record steeped in heavy drums, blown-out vocals, and deep grooves. Gathered around a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder and a case of Miller High-Life, the group spent their Sunday evenings recording into the early hours of the morning.

With classic soul songs like “True Love”, “Groovy Babe,” and “Can’t Keep My Cool.” And while Jones is the frontman for the group, he’s not the only voice in the choir. In live sessions with Paste Magazine posted on YouTube last fall, Frazer delivers an amazing rendition of “Is It Any Wonder?”

Their impassioned single, “Smile” caught the ear of regional record-man Terry Cole of Colemine records, who swiftly pressed up a batch of 45s. Initially a sensation among record collectors, Durand Jones & The Indications began to receive recognition from music fans of all kinds.

“When Durand Jones & The Indications debut album was released, we had no idea what the world would think,” explains Terry Cole owner of Colemine Records. “After all, the record, albeit finely crafted, was conceived in a dingy Indiana basement on a shoestring budget of 452 dollars and 11 cents (we kept receipts). They didn’t have ‘buzz.’ They didn’t have a following. They didn’t have the measured flash of more polished operations. But as the final mixes spun off of the master reel, we knew what they did have was one remarkable soul record. To our delight, the record was a smash and their no-frills LP continues to fly off the shelves.”

Durand Jones and the Indications will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St. in Visalia. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is $10. For more information, call 559-636-9463 or visit cellardoor101.com.

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