It’s almost a year since I first had my ears turned onto the psychedelic sounds of The Jesus Loves Heroin Band. Their early recordings carried the ragged edges of home taping, but from the first confident burst of ‘Its Over’ it’s clear this is a whole new experience. Revelling under lush production inspired by Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’, JLHB have become bigger and bolder. The Animals style organ of ‘Be Mine’ could be lost recordings from the Ed Sullivan show, yet despite being steeped in the spirit of ’64, the band’s sound still resonates, with singer Nick Wheeldon’s gravely squall leading out a modern day gang of outsiders. Tales of love and loss run thick, with the doo-wop beats of ‘I Don’t Want To Start Again’, but their finest hour comes with the B-Movie instrumentals of ‘Dead Skin’. It’s the coolest slice of rock’n’roll since I don’t know when.

By Kate Parkin