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25th August 2017

jared james nichols

Jared James Nichols will release his new album, 'Black Magic', on Friday 27th October via Listenable Records. It's the follow up to Jared's 2015 debut album, 'Old Glory & The Wild Revival'.

'Black Magic' features ten tracks and was recorded at The Boneyard in Boston as well as Johnny Depp's home studio in Los Angeles. It was produced and co-written by Tony Perry (Joe's Son) and Jared James Nichols.

Jared has come a long way since MetalTalk first saw him play in a tiny bar in Islington some four years ago, building up a solid reputation as a stunning heavy edged blues rock act and stage beast, having shared stages with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zakk Wylde, Glenn Hughes, Walter Trout, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO and Saxon.

jared james nichols

When Jared toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd in Germany, Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was so impressed with his guitar playing, he invited him on stage to play lead guitar during 'Sweet Home Alabama', something they had never done before.

Jared returned to the UK this summer for a series of club dates followed by two UK festivals in July, Ramblin' Man Fair and Steelhouse Festival and to coincide with the summer shows, he released the first single from 'Black Magic', 'Last Chance' which features drummer Aquiles Priester (Angra, WASP, Tony McAlpine). It was mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax) and here it is.

Jared tells us:

"'Last Chance' is easily the hardest-hitting song I've ever wrote. I completely let it all hang out and went wild. Even the guitar solo is off the wall, blazing fast, and absolutely crazy. I needed to set the bar high for the new record and come out with a bang."

Here, Jared runs through every track on 'Black Magic':

1. Last Chance (2:48)
"This opening track is a total barn burnin' ass-kicker. I wanted to start the record with a BANG! It's a massive riff, urgent and almost 'falling off the rails' frantic. It was important for me to set the bar high from the first song. We have started opening our live show with this one. Lean and mean all the way!"

2. The Gun (3:22)
"This was the first song I wrote for this record. Originally, I was feeling a delta-blues acoustic style tune. For some reason, I couldn't stop playing this song with distorted electric guitar and the full band. I love the way the slide riff, groove, and vocals interact. Lyrically it's deep rooted in the delta form. It's my interpretation of blues, for 2017.

jared james nichols

3. Don't Be Scared (3:27)
"This is hands down my favourite song to play live! The riff is so damn heavy and mean. Often times, I'll bring a riff to the guys and we will just jam it out to see where it goes. This particular song came just from that. We sat in the room and riffed out for a few hours, the song basically wrote itself. Side note, it was fun to play a 'talk-box' on record for the first time EVER!"

4. Honey Forgive Me (2:22)
"SO FUNKY!! We had a blast with this one. I've always loved the funkier stax/soul of the 70's. Growing up I was heavily influenced by Albert King, Booker T, and Steve Cropper. This one hits it home for me. I wanted to make sure to cover a ton of different ground on the record. It's fun to explore many different musical avenues. My favourite female vocalist Jessica Childress added a ton of dimension for this tune with her backup vocals as well."

5. Home (2:57)
"It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of southern rock. When I wrote this tune I was under the Lynyrd Skynyrd/Allman Brothers spell! This one oozes the Americana vibe I grew up with and love so much. As with the rest of the record, it's all about the simplicity, classic, and timeless vibe. Lyrically it's about something we can all relate to, HOME. It's one of the only special places on the planet we each carry near and dear to our heart."

jared james nichols

6. Got To Have You (2:50)
"This track started as a simple blues shuffle; my first true love. I grew up playing blues in Chicago and the Midwest. I always dig songs that use a common blues-shuffle formula, but present the form in a different light. This track really came to be when we got into the studio. Music always feels more real to me when there are no limits or borders. We just had fun with this one and let the tapes roll."

7. End Of Time (2:46)
"Originally, this one was written for a two-piece vibe of guitar and drums. When we recorded it, we tried to keep the simplicity at the forefront. It's raw and direct. It's about change, in people and in times. On a production side, it hits hard. Tony was able to push the limits on the gear, and you can hear it. We could even smell the tubes in the amplifiers burning from being pushed to the limit!!"

8. Run (2:54)
"This one is an absolute slow burn. Lyrically it's about getting caught up in a situation, and losing perspective of what's real. It's easy to lose sight of what's important during the daily grind. It has a heavy Bad Company attitude and swagger to it."

jared james nichols

9. Keep Your Light On Mama (2:54)
"This song was written to be played live! It's all about the attitude. It's raw, intense, and straight to the point. I wanted a 'call and response' type feel with this track. It's almost like the vocal and main riff grooves bounce of each other. This is the blues/rock I know and love. It is deeply rooted in the '70's vein of Nazareth, Montrose, and Mountain."

10. What Love (2:51)
"This song turned out really special. Believe it or not, this is the 'only take demo version'!! Tony had and old Gibson hollow body that had a low bass string. This allowed so you could play the rhythm groove and lead at the same time. I had an 'idea' for this kinda old school blues boogie/rhumba. I told Tony just to roll the tape and I would sing and play the idea down. It turned out so cool and vibey, that we actually kept it! We ended up adding drums and percussion later on. As with the whole record, it's honest and real. We left in all the bumps and bruises, concerned more with the feel and fire, than being technically perfect."


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