Seattle guitar whiz kid Ayron Jones has come of age with his second full length album ‘Audio Paint Job.’
Jones worked his way up in the music scene of Seattle playing guitar anywhere he could, thus building grassroots following and drawing the attention of Northwest music guru Barrett Martin (Screaming Tees, Mad Season, Tuatara). Martin produced and plays drums, percussion and keyboards on the album, along with Jones’ road band.
The 14-song collection is a street-smart mixture of blues infused heavy rock, hip hop loaded pop and socially conscious soul. All delivered with a restless edge. Album opener “Take Me Away,” uses all those elements to set the stage with power chords and classic rock flair melding with record scratching from DJ Indica Jones and swirling strings from Andrew Joslyn. Drummer Ehssan Karimi then lays down his best John Bonham beat for the swaggering love dirge “Emily,” and oh how refreshing it is to hear lead guitar solos. Some tasty 12-string guitar lays the foundation for the dissonant, but flowing orchestral ballad “It’s Over When It’s Over,” a tale of loves tragic end. Jones does his best Drake, dishing dirt about baby girl on the syncopated “Mr. Jones,” sparing his lines against the upright bass from Evan Flory-Barnes. The funk rock anthem “Boys From The Puget Sound,” with its head banging has quickly become Jones’ signature song. Big credit should be given to Martin for fleshing out the companion groove “West Coast Feeling,” with clever sci-fi sound effects, B-movie backup vocals from Whitney Monge and Scarlett Parke and more accents from Indica Jones. The acoustic ballad “Play Me A Song,” sits at the album center as a welcome palette cleanser and lovely moment of reflection.
Jones takes us on trip to electric lady land with “Take Your Time,” followed by an Ice T and Rage Against the Machine-inspired politico rocker “Stand Up (Take Your Power Back),” featuring muscular drumming from Martin. The time shifting tome of contemplation “Love Is The Answer,” is a fantastic voyage mix of sweetness; think Soundgarden meets the Beatles.
After all that ear filling bombast, the swinging ballad “Yesterday,’ and its classic R&B style, feels like a bonus track slipped in at the end of a grand guitar rock extravaganza.
~ Rick J Bowen
Audio Paint Job
There’s not a lot of people that can easily mix influences like Pearl Jam, Prince and Dr. Dre, but Ayron Jones has managed to pull it off impressively with his latest effort, ‘Audio Paint Job.’
Jones’ guitar is a mix of blues and classic rock (just give a listen to “Emily”) which gives hope to the future of guitar rock, a genre whose epitaph has been written a dozen times before. The back bone of bassist Bob Lovelace and drummer Ehssan Karimi also brings a strong funk vibe to the music. Not every song here earns its spot. At 14 tracks, it feels a little bloated at times and some of the slower songs drag a bit, but when Jones and his band nail it, like on the fantastic, slow-burn “Take Your Time,” there is no doubt that this group deserves a bigger platform.
From the album opener, “Take Me Away,” a ‘90s hard rock/grunge-worthy track that finds Jones’ crew playing with full force and the vocalist boasting pipes like Living Colour’s Corey Glover, “Audio Paint Job” is 14 tracks of pain, heartbreak and perseverance crammed onto a single record.
~ John B. Moore