David Thomas Jones: “Our Lives”
Austin’s own David Thomas Jones just can’t stop. He’s got his fingers in more than a few musical pies here in town. But despite what he describes as “musical attention deficit disorder,” there’s no sign that he’s stopping anytime soon.
You may not recognize Jones’s name (yet), but you may recognize a few of the groups his moniker has been attached to. His main gig is as the frontman for lo-fi poppers Watch Out For Rockets, a group that began as a bedroom project for Jones and blossomed into a full-blown band. The group has released five records, and has another on the way this fall. Jones steps away from the spotlight as the drummer for The Murdocks and the bass player for psych-rockers Scan Hopper and recent song of the day spotlight band Les Rav. He’s also helping to produce Les Rav’s forthcoming debut record.
But in between all these projects, Jones has found time to step out on his own. He’s set to release his first solo record under his own name this fall. Except for string and horn arrangements, Jones recorded all the instruments himself. The currently-untitled record is peppered with Watch Out For Rockets flavor, but unfettered from that name Jones is free to flex his more experimental muscles.
Today’s song of the day, “Our Lives,” is a perfect example. With a dancey, New Wave rhythm pumping behind him, he builds a track that bubbles with a jittery, nervous energy that’s at times wide-eyed and dreamy and there are moments that evoke that unsettling feeling of a bad trip. It’s a perfect song to announce Jones’s arrival as a solo artist.