On stage and in the studio, Jon Spencer has destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that it’s hard to believe there is anything left. It’s been twenty years since Jon Spencer Blues Explosion first pressed ‘record’, and twenty years since Spencer and his A-Team of sonic terrorists tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rock’n’roll. The band is referred to as being a “heady musical stew,” adding elements of funk, hip-hop and a degree of madness and stupidity. With the release of their 2015 album Freedom Tower, the band is ready to bring back the blues full force.
This interview was originally published on Jan. 18, 2013. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be playing at The Earl on April 16. Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 9:30 pm.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
Maybe Beatlemania? My older sister took me. The early gigs that made a difference for me were my first hardcore shows. Not my most favorite music but very empowering!
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
The Blues Explosion has had some very, very nice shows recently. Our December tour in Europe seemed to hit a new high every night.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
Hard to say. Link Wray in ’84? Kraftwerk in ’98? Maybe all the Jesus Lizard shows I saw when we opened for them in ’92?
Gig you would most like to play?
The ones that pay a lot of money. Ha!
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
Baby, I got my dream line up. Come see it at the Earl.
Don’t miss Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The Earl April 16th at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of the show.