My Morning Jacket’s sound has always revolved around the rich, ingratiating vocals of Jim James, but they also have a whole band dynamic that evokes the rock gods of the 70s, buoyed by James and Carl Broemel’s double-guitar assault, Two-Tone Tommy and Patrick Hallahan’s rhythmic clout and Bo Kaster’s dreamy keyboard landscapes. When they first appeared, they seemed cast as an otherworldly folk-rock outfit, but by 2003’s It Still Moves they had learnt to embrace soaring choruses and rollicking guitar solos. Just listen to centerpiece ‘One Big Holiday’, whose anthemic chorus gives way to a strastospheric instrumental passage worthy of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
With Z (2005), they consolidated their position as one of indie’s most diverse and exploratory bands, with synth-led dream pop like ‘Gideon’ sharing space with the reggae-inflected ‘Off the Record’ and the psychedelic soul of ‘It Beats For You.’ On subsequent releases, the double-album Evil Urges (2008) and Circuital, they’ve delved headfirst into southern rock and falsetto-led funk. New single ‘Big Decisions’, our first glimpse of The Waterfall, already sounds like a modern classic, melding Fleetwood Mac-esque pop melodies with their characteristic golden glow. If you’re a fan, this gig will be a date with destiny; if not, there’s never been a better time to delve into their sterling catalogue.
|What||My Morning Jacket, Shepherd’s Bush Empire|
|Where||Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Shepherd's Bush (underground)|
On 08 Sep 15, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Songkick|