JC’s Hopeless Sinners - Cardiff, Fluidity Freerun Academy – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:00

Far from being hopeless, these sinners are a faultless trio who hook you from the beginning and never let up with their infectious and foot stomping southern blues.


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Opening with a cover of Leadbelly’s 'Let It Shine On Me', it's plain to see their love for all things blues as it stays true to the original but somehow sounding fresh due to its quick tempo and the thoughtfulness put into the work on display.


Their set consists of an original piece and mostly covers but everything is made to sound like their own as its clear they are not interested in showing the audience what has already come but to reintroduce these old songs in a new way that is familiar enough to recognize where it comes from but to birth a fresh perspective on the genre, which only shines a brighter light on their understanding of the its core and roots.


The cover of the Tom Waits classic ‘Jesus Gonna Be Here’ by these gents, that I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing before this night, is a perfect example of bringing a new sound to an old song. With this possibly being my favourite Waits song, it was a delight to hear a new version that kept the stripped down ruggedness of the original but sounding like it had been dragged through the swamps of New Orleans and injected with hoedown key smashing all the while managing to keep its simplistic charm.


JC's Hopeless Sinners know how to play a room whether its Cardiff’s Full Moon, the Blackwood Miners Institute or as it were on this night, an establishment better known for its free running activities. A seemingly strange choice in venue but having no negative effect on the performance at hand. If anything it only made things better because it proved their ability to control any space given to them to perform their raw sound. And with no stage for them to grace, just an open floor space, being down on the same level as them elevated the intimacy of the set.