Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Nic Cester (Jet), guitarists Graham Coxon (Blur) and Jamie Davis, Matt Bellamy (Muse) on bass and drummer Sean Payne (The Zutons), The Jaded Hearts Club are an all-star collective who play raucous rock ‘n’ roll for the sheer fun of it. The band today share their brand new single “Love’s Gone Bad” ahead of their debut album You’ve Always Been Here, which will be out on BMG on October 2nd.
“Love’s Gone Bad” is the latest product of The Jaded Hearts Club’s crate-digging mission to put a new spin on lost classics from the world of Northern Soul and Motown. The song was originally released by Chris Clark in 1966 on Motown subsidiary label V.I.P. Records, shortly before The Underdogs reinvented it as a scrappy garage-rock track. The latter’s version’s cult status grew in stature when it was included on Lenny Kaye’s influential ‘Nuggets’ compilation.
“Love’s Gone Bad, a rare northern sole stomper that we dug from the underground. We beefed it up and gave it golden wings with matching loafers! Be prepared to dance!” says Miles Kane.
Jaded Hearts Club were formed in 2017 when Jamie Davis, a British guitarist living in Los Angeles who previously ran Coxon’s Transcopic Records label in England, wanted to book a Beatles covers band to play at his birthday party. The cost proved to be excessive and the available tribute acts were drab, so Davis had a back-up plan. “I realised I knew a bunch of half decent British musician friends living in L.A. so I thought I’d ask if they’d come together to form an early ‘60s Cavern-era Beatles band.”
They kept their plans a secret. So when family and friends turned up at the party, they were shocked to see an all-star band rampaging through a Cavern Club era Beatles set. The band’s members enjoyed it so much, they continued: they played SXSW; a late night gig in Chicago after Bellamy had completed a stadium show with Muse; supported Roger Daltrey at The Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust; and headlined London’s 100 Club. Expanding their repertoire to cover other classic British rock songs from the Sixties, the 100 Club show was a tribute to Davis’s late father, with all proceeds donated to the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. The charity further benefited from the limited edition vinyl only album ‘Live At The 100 Club’.
Back in Los Angeles, Bellamy and Davis started working on an album, with Bellamy producing at Red Room Studios in Los Angeles. The band decided to focus primarily on recording lost classics from the world of Northern Soul, supplemented by their raw, soulful takes on some famous standards from the era.
“Living in L.A. it seems like no-one has heard of Northern Soul,” says Davis. “We just love the story of how the north of England fell in love with American soul music even after it stopped having hits, and using that music as the soundtrack to a good night out.”
Bellamy and Davis shifted through hundreds of songs as they researched what material they should record for the album. The first taster of the project with Miles Kane on lead vocals was a raucous rock ‘n’ roll take on a Northern Soul classic, The Isley Brothers’ 1962 song “Nobody But Me,” recorded in the spirit of The Human Beinz’s cult version that followed in 1968. Then their second offering was the lost Marvin Gaye song “This Loved Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me)” as The Jaded Hearts Club gave this 1967 Motown track some renewed veuve with Nic Cester taking lead this time.