That brings us to the second and much trickier measure of a reunited group: new material. JSBX were touring behind deluxe reissues of nearly their whole catalog in 2010, but Sunday at Bottom Lounge the band will be supporting a new studio album called Meat and Bone (Boombox/Mom + Pop). I don't think anyone will confuse this new effort with Acme, Orange, Extra Width, or Now I Got Worry, but it's hardly an embarrassment—in fact it's better than late-period JSBX records Plastic Fang and Damage. The trio stick to their old strengths—no-frills, stripped-down rock 'n' roll more indebted to the Rolling Stones than to the blues, with the gut-punch swing of drummer Russell Simins and nifty riff interplay between Spencer and guitarist Judah Bauer. They're not about to set the world on fire, but they've made a solid new record, which is more than most reunited bands can say. Below you can check out a new track called "Bag of Bones."
photo: Stefano Giovannini