Trevor Jones: guitars/vox
TATJ are an indie psychedelic folk punk alternative garage hard rock and roll headphone-music band that coagulated in Las Vegas, NV in early 2012 when Chris and Trevor were introduced at The Blind Tiger in Las Vegas by the spirit animal of the band, Chuck D. Trevor had just returned from a year of writing/demoing songs in Newport Beach, CA and Chris had just moved from San Diego. They began playing acoustic shows with Chris on a cajon, recording, and plotting the formation of a whole band.
That would happen on Feb. 2nd 2012 with the addition of Joe Lawless, multi-instrumentalist formerly of The Shorewoods and 2-Point Suspicion who met Trevor at a shared gig at the local sex museum. The band played their first show at The Cheyenne Saloon after only an hours worth of rehearsal. Recording of the songs Trevor made up in Newport, what would become debut album There Was Lightning, commenced July 2012 at Vegas' Chrome Werewolf Studio with engineer/producer Brian Garth of the band Black Camaro.
Lightning was released 12/22/12 to rave reviews from local publications such as Las Vegas Weekly, Seven Magazine, and The Citylife(rip), as well as other alternative weeklies, magazines and blogs. "Grooving at The Speed of Light" would be the bands first time hearing one of their songs on the radio when goodman Donald Hickey gave it a spin on the Neon Reverb radio show on 91.5fm in Las Vegas, which began the band getting played on independent, college, and commercial radio(9 out of 10 songs wound up getting played across various stations). The next couple of years would give way to a There Was Lightning vinyl release(on a label that also features Rock and Roll Hall of fame members The Zombies), TV appearances, and loads and loads of shows.
Take You to Stay, the bands second album (recorded mostly at Joes studio), built on the guitar-driven sound of the first with a plethora of new noises and more catchy yet out of left-of-the-dial-field rock and roll. Notably, the first music to feature new bassist the legendary John Fallon of The Steppes who joined in the midst of recording the album.
2020 saw the releases (and worldwide airplay) of the single "Anywhile" and the EP "Get it!" whose title track garnered the band its first Sirius XM airplay by radio legend Bill Kelly. Trevor debuted some new songs for the "Life is Shit Festival" online edition.
Full album number 3 is en route and nearing touchdown with surprises in store.
"Get It! is ten minutes of sonic bliss that you don't want to end."
-Here Comes the Flood by Hans Werksman
"...invokes memories of the glory days of rock n’ roll—very engaging, with the right amount of grit. If you haven’t picked this up, you are missing out..."
-Nick Kuzmack, SLUG Magazine
"...the music is free of pretension. It’s fun, introspective, and always engaging."
-Benjamin Ray, The Daily Vault
"...rhythms like a herd of buffalo stampeding through a 4 inch drainage pipe. That is the sort of power these guys unleash here, and they are top-notch songwriters as well. The lyrics are simple but thoughtful, and the songs catch your ear not just for the musical intensity, but the craft that went into creating them."
"Praise Jesus 12-String Christ for the fury and temerity of nasty, grimy, paisley-printed rock ’n’ roll. The kind of garage rock that Trevor and The Joneses play unabashedly, unpoetically, almost rudely if it weren’t so goddamn inspiring, the kind of rock ’n’ roll that makes you feel jacked up, not offended on the sonic level...Lightning is a testament to its own genre, a commentary as much as a proclamation..."
-Max Plenke, LV Citylife
"...Lightning strikes hard, fast, delivering 10 loose, melodic tracks. 'Grooving at the Speed of Light' will reaffirm your love of music. ★★★★"
-Jarret Keene, Seven
"Screaming guitar solos, spoken/shouted vocals, and a wicked sense of humor drip from every tune...frying brain cells, hair follicles, and the odd pacemaker along the way."
-Jeff Penczak, It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine
"...a mean machine of seething, V-12 fueled rock that not only does not pull punches, it hits with the force of a Bowery brawl on a simmering summer evening...."
"The record is loaded with psychedelic grit and visceral guitars, exploding from its opener, “Dig This!,” to its final track, “Superslow.”
-Leslie Ventura, Las Vegas Weekly
"Frantic, punctuated piano and a driving beat will have you instantly addicted to “Sugar Me Timbers” from indie rockers, Trevor and the Joneses...guaranteed to raise the heartrate."
-East of 8th 11/20