Sometimes when writing a new post I’m faced with a struggle. I feel as though my words won’t really give the music justice, you have to listen to it yourself. Melbourne’s Jona Byron is one of these cases.
As with much of Australia’s upcoming musicians and bands, I first came across Jona Byron on Triple J Unearthed, his track Glass Jaws instantly grabbing my attention. Admittedly, his songs were downloaded and added to my collection, with the occasional listen. Now and then I’d find myself on his myspace catching up on the latest news.
The most recent being the release of his mini album Extinct Hearts, a mixture of roots, folk and rock which covers ‘the last few years of Jona’s musical and human journey, from homelessness, broken relationships and personal battles.’ Extinct Hearts reflects Jona’s raw and honest approach to songwriting, standouts include the revamped Glass Jaws and title track Extinct Hearts. This mini album is sure to quickly join your high rotation playlist as all seven tracks explore the diversity Jona Byron has mastered as a musician, and as a producer. The closing track; a cover of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changin’ is a refreshing addition as Jona creates his own song and as the mini album is brought to a close, you quickly hit replay.
1. Extinct Hearts
2. Joan Of Arc
3. Beautiful Bird
4. Glass Jaws
5. Arm Yourself
6. Duck Shooting
7. The Times They Are A Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover)
I admire musicians and bands who aren’t only caught up in their own music, those who endeavour to find other outlets to express their passion for music. Jona Byron is the following; musician, producer, composer and music journalist, just to name a few. Jona is quite a supporter of the local Melbourne music scene, so I encourage you to take a look at his website, The Sound Zoo.
This Sunday, December 6th Jona and his band will launch Extinct Hearts with a matinee show and combination Popboomerang Christmas Party at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. I only wish my recent short trip to Melbourne could have been extended an extra week, as this is one gig not to miss. A free Popboomerang gift will be available at the door and Extinct Hearts will be available for $10. Supports are Jed Rowe and band, and Cilla Jane and band. Doors open at 1:30pm and entry is $10.
Extinct Hearts is out now and available on Itunes and through Popboomerang online store, with a full length debut album Halos expected in 2010. Having had the chance to listen to a track that may make an appearance on the album it seems we should expect more great things from Jona Byron.