“Joining The DuBarrys in the label’s first singles batch were our own cult prog-psych quintet Jouis, with a pair of lengthy tracks lifted from their 2014 album ‘Dojo’. Jouis also threw in the first of Flying Vinyl’s occasional bonus items, a cosmic art print by local illustrator Martin Ross Butler”
“Dojo” is clearly not your ordinary rock album as Jouis from Brighton, U.K. are blending and combining jazz, fusion, west coast, psychedelica and progressive rock on their debut album. Strictly intended to the open minded as you definitely need to enjoy several different styles and genres of complex and difficult music to truly appreciate their vivid effort. Simply look away for the next couple of minutes if you’re only into simple and straight arrangements and top 40 easy listening.
Joe Woodham answered some questions for First Impressions music, check out the interview Here
My name is Joe Woodham, i play bass in Jouis. A Brighton based psychedelic/prog/folk/jazz band. I also write and record some of my own songs.
Jouis have been together for 8 years, released 2 EPs, a single and our debut album Dojo.
We’ve toured the UK several times aswell as gigs in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain.
A while back Louis did an interview for Strange Days Magazine in Japan. It finally surfaced, here it is:
Jouis – Dojo interview
Interview and text: Michael Bjorn
With debut album “Dojo”, Brighton 5-piece Jouis delivered one of the most outstanding progressive rock albums of 2014. Recorded directly to tape in the band’s own dojo – an abandoned office block converted to studio – the sound is uniquely organic and relaxed despite an abundance of complex time signatures and spaced out lyrics. The music combines poppy jazz tones from Canterbury with harmonised Crosby, Stills & Nash vocals into a remarkably groovy whole. This is one of those rare prog rock albums that makes you want to dance the night away. Jouis is French for enjoyment and their music is certainly something to enjoy.
In order to find out more about Jouis, we got in touch with Louis Pavlo who is vocalist and keyboardist with the band.
‘The intelligent structuring of their songs may have been the most refreshing aspect of their gig: many songs were clearly designed to move from the abstract into the destructive, showing off plenty of instrumental imagination along the way. Jouis played with skill, style, and with an underlying wildness that hinted at some untamed aspect to their music. Their nods to the traditions of psychedelia were many and obvious, but at no point did they feel old or reproductive’