In the three years since Trevor and the Joneses released their sophomore album, the psychedelic indie band has continued to experiment and grow, leaning into more unique arrangements and instrumentation. That evolution is palpable on TATJ’s latest EP, Get It!, released in October.
“I’m just trying to make as many records as I can before I die,” the 33-year-old Jones says. The group’s singer and primary songwriter says he has spent the past few years recording and tinkering in his home studio and expanding on the sounds of 2017 LP Take You to Stay.
“The circumstances were pretty chaotic and weird,” Jones says of that second album, released on September 21, 2017. “I had just decided to put it out without warning, and I started sending things out and then started hearing about the shooting the next day.”
With the city in mourning, Jones shifted his focus away from his new record. And now, three years later, he finds himself releasing music during another trying time—amid a surging pandemic.
“I took a lot of time off purposely from shows to record, and we were getting back into shape and ready to play [live] …” Jones says.
Now, Trevor and the Joneses are taking a different approach, trickling out singles and EPs before dropping a full-length album in 2021. “These three songs [from Get It!]will wind up on [that] album,” Jones explains.
With a studio inside his home, Jones says the main difference between his old recording process and the new one is having “everything fully realized, [as opposed] to writing as I’m recording and getting to experiment.”
“The first album is entirely guitars, instrument-wise,” he says. “On the second one, we added keyboards. And now I’ve been trying to collect as many other instruments as I can. … There’s funkier things entering the equation.”
Though the band’s music has always been rooted in classic rock, June single “Anywhile” and the Get It! EP hint at Brit-pop influences, with flashes of Oasis, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and even Of Montreal.
With live music on hold for the foreseeable future, Jones and his bandmates are keeping busy in the studio. And when venues eventually reopen, they’ll be ready. “Personally, I never get tired of recording things, so I’m lucky that way,” Jones says. “But I’m itching to destroy a stage.”