The Blokes Are Back, Although They Never Really Went Away

Over 20 years ago, Jesus Jones (@jesusjonesband) tasted success across the globe with their releases ‘Doubt’ and ‘Peverse’. These records spawned numerous pop and rock hits such as “The Devil You Know”, “International Bright Young Thing”, “Real, Real, Real,” and the song featured in this video. “Right Here Right Now” made it to #2 on the U.S. Pop Chart, only beaten out by EMF’s “Unbelievable”. Even with a change in drummer, the band continued to perform live and record throughout the late 1990s and into the last decade.

This year, the gang is going back on the road performing in their native land, with a show slated for November 15 in Derby. They also have a DVD to be released soon which can be pre-ordered at the band’s official website While there check up on the latest happenings and see what they have available for sale.

Unlike the artists who have recently become popular via social media that skeptics feel will fade away, Jesus Jones have managed to take care of themselves and provide quality performances for two and a half decades. 2004’s “Culture Vulture” remains an underrated tune that with the right label support would have been a Top 20 Alternative smash. Consider yourselves privileged if you have a chance to see them live. If the shows are a success and DVD sells well, perhaps that will lead to a new record or a U.S. leg of the tour. Fans can dream.

Hoya Saxa: Popular Musical Act Recaptures Magic With New Single

Vertical Horizon (@VerticalHorizon), whose origin stems from a couple of Georgetown University students jamming, is launching a new record this fall with a free track available at the band’s official website. VH may have some new faces in the lineup, but the latest single “Broken Over You” brings the same awesome sound heard over a decade ago.

The Matt Scannell-led act might have sold the same amount of records and had as many Top 40 hits as similar artists like Matchbox Twenty and Nickelback, but record company red tape kept the group’s follow-up to album “Everything You Want” from widespread publicity. Despite the limited attention, the CD “Go” yielded three charting tracks: “I’m Still Here”, “Forever”, and “When You Cry”.

For the upcoming release, “Echoes From The Underground”, it appears the band is maintaining its independent roots and shying away from any major-label tampering. In this day and age of the social media boom, a lot of artists do not need it as much and can feel free to make music on their terms. As a matter of fact, the single “Broken Over You” is already #3 on the Alternative Addiction Top 20 Chart.

Until the new record drops, please check out a classic video from Vertical Horizon’s first heyday. The song peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 and #23 on the Hot 100.