Jonesez isn't really a band, even though it certainly sounds like one. It's best described as a solo project with a little help from some friends...
Jonesez is the brain child of former Horsell Common frontman Mark Stewart. After 5 releases and 5 years of touring, Horsell Common called it a day in 2009. The guitarist/singer spent the majority of 2009 writing the debut Jonesez album in his basement in suburban Melbourne. Darren Cordeux (Kisschasy) came on board as the producer and after demoing the songs in Darren's home studio they entered the studio with Hadyn Buxton (Blueline Medic) as engineer.
The album, titled Betty’s Soup is completely self-funded and self distributed. Jonesez has teamed up with Topspin (direct-to-fan distribution company) and will release the album through his website www.jonesez.com.au
. Apart from buying directly from Jonesez, fans will be presented with multiple options. From high quality digital downloads to a deluxe “all you can eat” package, whatever the level of fan, Jonesez has something to offer.
Jonesez has already given away a couple of album tracks as free downloads through the website and will continue to give away more music both via the mailing list and social media channels like Facebook & Twitter.
“Financing my own recordings is a new experience for me, it feels extremely satisfying. The possibilities for independent musicians are now endless. I can control what I sell, how much I sell it for and where I sell it, which I was never able to do. If I want to give my music away, I can.”
Be That Guy is the 1st single off the album and is the 2nd installment in the ‘Basement Video’ series following the hilarious video for ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’. Mark plays 3 of the 4 characters and there is also a guest appearance by Fuzz Phantom’s drummer Tahlia Shaw. More ‘Basement Videos’ to follow.
Fans will get a chance to preview Betty’s Soup in June when Jonesez play ‘The Good Times Tour’ through Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne with Kempsey & The Retreat. All show details available from www.jonesez.com.au