“We started listening to Bill Withers, to Al Green, some Charles Wright, even some Slow Train Coming era Dylan. They kept getting these sounds that didn’t seem rushed or forced, yet energized with well worn color and rythym. These sounds were somehow down home and urban, direct and dry, yet incredibly lush” This was the start of the transformation for the band Jadiid (jah-deed). The band began in 2006 with Matthew Boll who was just interested in having a venue for songwriting. “I remember thinking if I could just write one song, you know like “Can’t Always Get What You Want”, something people would sing, sing together, sing loudly, especially when they needed something to get them through that next minute, hour, year… however long the darkness stayed. Then I started noticing those soul records. You remember those first times you started listening to music and you really had no idea how they were getting those sounds, forming those word, or why it felt like it was written for you. It was so unknown it honestly felt like magic. That’s what these soul records were doing for me all over again. Its like they were making magic.” Jadiid went through some typical changes: several band members, an indie rock phase, everything orchestrated, in its place, huge sounds… “You know I’m a white kid from the Midwest who moved to Chicago. Everything is about the “folk” artist, or the newest indie band, or whatever electronic noise you can jam into a session… it just never moved me the right way.”
Finally when the band had settled there were only three people left: Kevin, Jacob, and Matthew and all they really wanted to hear was a great soul tune. “I’m not saying you can’t still hear the folk in it, the propensity to play loud rock n’ roll, complete with a self-conscious computer or two… but the more we play, the more we write, the more I sing, that groove is what I keep aiming for.” With Jadiid’s new album “It’s Ok, Be Anxious” the band has started on that path. These songs have a soul to them, a grasp on something they like to think may be a little bit of magic.
Edited by biswis on 3 Jan 2011, 22:31
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