The Catalyst

UFO

The Catalyst Presents

UFO

SOMETIMES JONES

Fri, November 23, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$24 in advance / $29 at the door

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

UFO
UFO
UFO are an English rock band, who were formed in 1969. UFO became a transitional group between early hard rock and heavy metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. UFO were ranked #84 on VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock'.

Singer Phil Mogg, guitarist Mick Bolton, bassist Pete Way, and drummer Andy Parker formed the band in August 1969. Originally taking the name Hocus Pocus, the group changed their name in October 1969 to UFO in honor of the London club where they were spotted by Noel Moore, who signed them to Beacon Records label, which was headed by Antiguan-born Milton Samuel. Their eponymously titled first album debuted in 1970 and was a typical example of early hard rock including a heavy version of the Eddie Cochran's classic "C'mon Everybody". Both UFO 1 and its follow-up UFO 2: Flying, were successful in Japan (especially the single "C'mon Everybody" which became a huge hit there) and Germany (the song "Boogie For George," also from the first album, reached #30 in German singles charts as well as "Prince Kajuku" from Flying reached #26), but generated poor interest in Britain and America. Consequently, their third effort, Live (later re-issued as UFO Lands In Tokyo), was originally only released in Japan in 1972.
SOMETIMES JONES
SOMETIMES JONES
Though they might not be a household name, for over half a decade Santa Cruz musicians, Sometimes Jones, have been jamming out so smoothly it spreads on toast. This four-piece outfit is a less on in the harmony of chaos; diving in and out of spacey, jazz-inspired jams only to splash into a funk-infused riff, then finishing up with a structured rock song. Says guitarist Chris Cousineau, “It all depends on where we start.”

Taking their name from Larry Hankin’s 1980 short film, Solly’s Diner, the group is a lesson in originality. Besides Cousineau throwing down Clapton-esque riffs, the band also consists of Kyle Hamood slinging keys, Raymond Jones laying down the skins and Ryan Partington dropping the bass lines, daring audiences not to shake their money-makers.

Though loosely structured under the all-encompassing dome of rock music, to call them a “rock band” is to underestimate their sound. Each show is different from the last, with each musician heavily pumping his vast array of influences into an amalgamation of music that laughs at generic labeling. Their natural style leads them to never rehearse, preferring to keep their live shows as pure as possible. “The gigs are the rehearsals,” explains Cousineau. While a more cautious reader might recoil in fear, this reporter has seen Jones play twice and can attest for their unique formula. The rooms were shaking with swinging bodies as the music floated through the ether, filling in the empty spaces with a special warmth. This is music made by, and for, people who love just that: music, not genres.

With such an unstructured ideology about their band, it’s hard to say when Sometimes Jones will play again. Their shows seem to pop-up, unexpectedly, like last November when they opened for UFO at the Catalyst. But their sporadic gigs don't seem to bug any of the members. As Cousineau says with a sly grin, “It’s always good to have a couple tricks in your pocket.”
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/