Durand Jones & The Indications Talk Delivering Disco Catharsis on Their Latest LP 'Private Space'

Durand Jones & The Indications pull from DJ sets and disco beats on their third studio album, 'Private Space.'

7/30/2021 10:34:00 PM

Durand Jones & The Indications pull from DJ sets and disco beats on their third studio album, 'Private Space.'

Durand Jones & The Indications pull from DJ sets and disco beats on their third studio album, 'Private Space.'

 The result was album opener -- “Love Will Work It Out” -- a slow-burning anthem that packs both a beat and a message. Jones croons about the extreme loss of life due to Covid, “modern day lynchings,” and the loneliness of the pandemic. 

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Artist MentionedLaunching an album with a political song has become a trademark of the band, known largely for their revivalist soul leanings. Their self-titled debut began with call to action “Make a Change” and their sophomore effort, 

American Love Call, started with the titular track that bore witness to the opioid crisis and other uniquely American tragedies. But “Love Will Work It Out” pushes the listener towards optimism, which Jones feels is greatly needed at the moment. He recalls his grandmother, a veteran, who was unable to eat at certain restaurants despite serving and loving her country.  headtopics.com

  “She still loved this place so much. Most of her generation felt the same way,” says Jones. “If they could be hopeful amidst all the Jim Crow laws and overt racism that was so dangerous, then I have to keep hope alive.” But 

Private Space only dwells on the difficult year for three minutes and forty-five seconds, before the cathartic release of “Witchoo” and the remainder of the disco and funk infused album. Guitarist Blake Rhein and drummer/singer Aaron Frazer says the genre-shift stems from their DJ stints where they have been incorporating Italian disco and European groove music they were absorbing while on their last tour. 

 Durand Jones & The Indications Reveal New Album With Single 'Witchoo'“I do think as the social climate has shifted in a more progressive direction and more Black artists, more femme artists, more queer artists have entered, I think it makes sense that you see a resurgence of the sound that's always been amazing -- but that had faced the backlash from traditional social power structures,” says Frazer. 

He adds that the disco sensibilities are more of what people need right now after a rough year of grieving or simply being apart. Private Space is a record they believe will resonate with a live audience as they return to the road this September.  headtopics.com

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“Since we’ve gravitated away from so many slow jams, I'm really excited to see what kind of stuff we can put together [on stage] with these energetic dance songs,” says Rhein. “We’re expanding our crew and lighting. It’s all really exciting.”

 Aaron Frazer: It Was 'Surreal' Working With Black Keys' Dan Auerbach for Solo DebutA strong contingent at Durand Jones & the Indications live shows are folks from the lowrider community, who are attracted to the band’s soul influence. Despite the new album’s infusion of disco and modern sounds, Frazer still thinks that  community will be out to support them. 

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