Salvation Jayne Delivering Redemption Live On Stage
Salvation Jayne a young band that promises alternative blues, described as raw and dirty has been on Bluesdoodles digital radar for a while. Having read some good reviews we wanted to catch this young band playing live; as luck would have it we were never in the right place at the right time!
Salvation Jayne, are proving that gender stereotyping has no place in music and are breaking down boundaries and preconceptions showing that women in blues are and have always have been powerful beings.
Sitting on the sofa that band starts with a chat with Matt on the sofa as The Convent kicks Sunday night off for the audience in the venue and through Netgig. With a long instrumental opening the show introducing the band members through their instruments. The trio set out their blues stall with Holly Kinnear (guitar), Tor Charlesworth (drums) and Dan Lucas (bass). Then Amy Benham, picked up the baton with vocals that are fully of textural depth and clarity of tone.
Black Eyes from their current EP, Dahlia, a debut album is promised in the near future. The tone and tempo shifted with blues with a grinding drive that at times showed how young and inexperienced the band is. Salvation Jayne, young full of raw potential as the musicianship was tight as they didn’t try to over complicate things. Third track in one of Amy’s favourite, Ella Fitzgerald’s Black Coffee, using backing track of chain gang original blues. Then they picked up the beat as the past faded and we were in the electric present. Amy’s vocal range and timbre did justice to the lyrics, the version though lacked energy the band need to relax and get into the zone to deliver the music they want us to hear.
First album, in the process of writing the next track, Through A Word will be on it. A grungy blues sound deep and dark giving Holly’s guitar some tasty licks. The rhythm section lays do a solid and energised swirling platform complementing the guitar. This is blues with feet firmly in the British 1960’s scene. Amy’s vocals drifts through the lyrics at times but then she connects then it is raw, raunchy with a passion.
Again using a recording of a voice from the past evil music Rock n’ Roll Elvis, Chuck Berry and others who spread this evil music. Linking in with the title of the next song I’ll Be Damned. Using backing track of in-depth dialogue should be providing a context. The lyrics do not though reflect the dialogue used to introduce the music. Salvation Jayne certainly could use this approach to great effect as David Byrne did in the 1980’s, as they could weave in music influencing the blues. This would leave an impression if done well.
Courageous choice, covering Tom Waits Chocolate Jesus. They give this a feminine twist and Amy relaxed as she started the number delivering the tale with confidence and a tuneful gentleness mixed with a rocky vibe, contrasting with Mr Waits earthy megaphone powered, stripped-back delivery.
Interspersing the covers with Dahlia, they then slowed it down with iconic Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind. This oft-covered number rarely hits the mark, leaving the listener an emotional wreck as Etta did. Amy hit the notes, her phrasing was precise, but trying to hard she lost the emotion that sets this song on a pedestal above so many others.
With a slide on the finger, the Gibson guitar becomes dirty in the hands of Holly took on a syrupy tone and the lord showed his mercy as they played in front of the altar. This number showed another side to the band and worked well. There was a fluidity combined with control from the bass the band was in harmony.
Joining the band for the last two numbers slide supremo Troy Redfern. Firstly, Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like A Man where Troy slipped and slid with dexterity adding a depth of sound and the passion when the instruments power is all encompassing. Troy and the guitar are as one. Closing with blues classic, and second Etta James of the night, I Just Want To Make Love With You. Bassy and dirty as Salvation Jayne closed the show with special guest and a feel of a song well known, loved and one the can jam around the sound as Troy interacts with Holly, Amy and Dan.
Some of the hesitancy, lack of fluidity could be a result of this being only the fourth gig for young drummer Tor. There is no doubt that Salvation Jayne, a young band is a work in progress that as they find their niche will be a band that has been heavily influenced by the blues, but found their own musical path to travel. The promised debut album will be an important marker on the road the band needs to travel to be noticed.