Jamestown Revival opened for the Wild Feathers and Saints of Valory at the 92 Zew Lough Dough show on January 31. The crowd was there for the headliners, but Jamestown Revival was the surprise of the night and made many new fans. Since then, the tour has stopped in the major cities along the east coast and crossed the border into Canada. During this, Jamestown Revival’s debut album Utah came out on February 11. Jamestown Revival is Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance and Clay answered our questions about the band on the day their album was released. Clay and Chance grew up in Magnolia, Texas but moved to Los Angeles, CA where they wrote most of the songs for their first album. They recorded the album in a cabin in the Wasatch mountains in Utah.
What is the meaning of the name Jamestown Revival?
It’s a reference to history. Abandoning what you know, for a foray into an uncertain future. Zach and I both left behind solo careers to start something completely from scratch. The thought of that always scared me to too much to let it happen. Writing our first song with this new perspective changed all of that, however.
Why is being revivalists important to you?
Because every other thing you see on a store shelf is made in China, and so many people are lacking basic skills that would truly embolden them. Knowledge is power, and having the ability to do things yourself will empower you like nothing else will. We’re trying to better ourselves every single day. Sometimes we succeed, and other times we miss the mark, but it’s a theme we try to keep alive every chance we get. One day it finally dawned on me that so many of the things I was paying other people to do, I could do myself if I put my mind to it. From rebuilding an old motorcycle, to repairing my broken tube amp. It changed the way I look at a lot of things.
Why is this music comforting and something we long for even though times have changed?
Because sometimes simple just feels good. My favorite songs are the songs that sit right out in the open for you to see. There’s no need to church them up. We want to try to write songs that will stand on their own two feet.
What is the first time you played music together? Was this your sound when you were teenagers?
We first played together when we were 15. Our sound has most definitely evolved since then, as has our taste in music, but we were always infatuated with harmony.
What does “cast iron soul” mean?
The more you cook with a cast iron skillet, the better it tastes. The more you experience in life, the more you can truly appreciate life. It’s our humble opinion that life experience is the spice of life itself.
I don’t even know you
And you’ve taken me away from home
I’ll never get over you
Feeling’s running straight to my bones
Someday I’ll be coming home
Someday I’ll be coming home
With a cast Iron Soul
“California (Cast Iron Soul)”