The album sounds warm and inviting, recorded straight onto 2″ tape through a 1978 MCI 24 track tape machine at the legendary Aviary Recording Studio in Abbotsford by Fraser Montgomery and Nick Edin. The addition of Ben Wicks (bass guitar) and Cameron Smith (drums) to the lineup have completed the JYB puzzle; the band has taken on a fresh energy and chemistry and has never sounded better.
‘Let Love’ weaves seamlessly through soul, funk and blues drawing influences from the sounds of Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, and 70’s soul. Tone, vibe and the band’s performances are placed above clinical perfection. The sound of the band is a model of simplicity: a Les Paul straight into a Deluxe Reverb, Hammond into an old Leslie, a P Bass straight into an amp, and a 70’s Ludwig kit. Song craft was the biggest focus for this album with lyrics tackling social issues important to the band. And it was the songs that informed how the band approached the record, resulting in a cohesiveness that could only be born out of collaboration between everyone. Final touches were imbued by Adam Dempsey at Jack the Bear’s Deluxe Mastering and James Grim with the album cover design.
This record has been approached with love and integrity by everyone that has worked on it and will come straight through in the opening notes. ‘Let Love’ will be available from 17 June from www.justinyapband.com or in person at a JYB show at a venue or festival near you!