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JEAVESTONE

Eclectic Prog • Finland


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JEAVESTONE was formed in 1999 by a group of young hopefuls in Western Finland. They developed their style from a more direct approach towards what the band themselves call "prog'n'roll", with influence of bands like JETHRO TULL, GENTLE GIANT and KINGSTON WALL, maybe also 70's RUSH.

JEAVESTONE released their first single "Crazy Madness/Beauty Contest" in early 2005 and their first album "Mind The Soup" in June 2005 on the Major Leidén label of Wolfgang Records - they share the label with the legendary WIGWAM.

The line-up is (artist names, obviously...):
Jim Goldworth (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards)
Mickey Maniac (vocals, guitar, melodica)
Angelina Galactique (flute, keyboards, vocals)
Tommy Glorioso (bass)
Kingo (drums)

"Mind The Soup" is a very encouraging debut album, and can be recommended to any prog fan who likes tidy musicianship, strong riffs, songs with adventurous structures, fine melodies and a good lead singer, whose voice reminds a bit of Steve Walsh of KANSAS, or a more sophisticated version of young Ozzy Osbourne. JEAVESTONE are a very powerful band on stage, with the ability to play the trickiest riffs and solos as well as they do in the studio.


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
After listening to and seeing them live, JEAVESTONE is really on of the most interesting and promising prog bands for ages. Strongly recommended!

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3.10 | 11 ratings
Mind The Soup
2005
4.14 | 43 ratings
Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol
2008
3.50 | 20 ratings
1+1=OK
2010

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Jeavestone
2001
3.50 | 2 ratings
Crazy Madness / Beauty Contest
2004
4.00 | 4 ratings
Hot Summer Fun / Mirror Monologue
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Repiphany
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Human Games / The Leap of Faith
2014

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 Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 43 ratings

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Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol
Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars The follower to Jeavestone's promising debut is a clear improvement. Also the cover art is better, but the drawn texts are hard to read. The additional booklet is a humorous 7-page cartoon "The Seek of a Lost Musician" by Heidi Vierimaa. Judged on the opening tracks, the group's energetic, US reminding prog rock shows no hint of slowing down or losing the humorous spirit. 'Liquera Puente!' wastes no time in adding colourful details into the boogie- flavoured rock'n'roll. 'The Plastic Landscaper' sounds like FRANK ZAPPA's amusing vocal prog, while the Shop TV satire 'The Power of Swankle' is extremely Zappa-esque; a merry jazz-rock tune accompanied by cheesy advertising speeches.

'I'd Be Your Weakness' starts calmly with acoustic guitar.The slow-paced vocal harmonies are in the style of e.g. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH. This beautiful track brings the needed balance, and also the first half of the next, two-part track avoids the overdose of energy and offers relaxing, richly arranged prog with plenty of flute. 'Rapist's Tango' returns to the hectic and satirical style familiar from earlier tracks. On the long run I find it tiresome. Another breath of fresh air is offered by a tiny, pretty instrumental 'Erg'. 'Your Turn to Run' keeps shifting between delicate jazzy textures and edgier, slightly aggressive sections à la KANSAS.

As a crowning epitaph the album closes with a 10-minute composition with lots of dreamy softness. Indeed this album fulfills the hopes for more mature stylistic spectre that I got from the restless debut. Warmly recommended!

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 Mind The Soup by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.10 | 11 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars This Finnish prog band deserves more attention as I'm sure many friends of energetic and uplifting Eclectic Prog would find their music interesting. Apps79's review from 2011 offers the basic information, I'll concentrate on the track-by-track approach. The opener is a riff-centred, hard rocking song with some resemblance to modern US prog. 'Beauty Contest' puts on a higher gear in the breath-taking playfulness, and one can get many associations from Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Jethro Tull, all in about three minutes.

High tempo song 'Crazy Madness' is acoustically oriented and has nice vocal harmonies, featuring also a guest appearance of Didgeridoo. It's followed by an instrumental joyride titled 'Extended Massive Orgasm' centred on electric guitar. Towards the end also organ sticks out. The next track is again very US-style, boogie-flavoured prog full of nice arranging details and tempo changes. Flute is a great bonus.

'Snowfall' starts in acalm, acoustic manner, but the sensitivity of singer-songwriter sort of mainstream rock is accompanied by edgier elements. 'Showpiece' mixes laid-back groove with energetic hard rock, and rollicking instrumental 'Stumbling Gigolos' has some wordless vocal harmonies. This far I have managed to avoid mentioning GENTLE GIANT, but 'A Prophet's Daydream' is such a great piece of multi-layered Eclectic Prog that Jeavestone must have a big appreciation to those British pioneers too, not just being influenced by modern, mainly American successors of the style.

A very strong debut, but perhaps too packed up with hectic rock drive for its own good. A little more eye on sophisticated details and to the emotional side of music would have turned this album into something very impressive.

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 Hot Summer Fun / Mirror Monologue by JEAVESTONE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Hot Summer Fun / Mirror Monologue
Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Hot Summer Fun' - Jeavestone (Single)

The best song from Jeavestone' third album '1+1=OK', 'Hot Summer Sun' was instantly fun and memorable. Although proggers may find themselves repulsed by the suspiciously poppy song title, it is a tongue-in-cheek prog rendition of the upbeat pop format. Of particular note are the lyrics, which employ a witty sense of wordplay. For those who haven't heard Jeavestone before, they are a contemporary band that looks to 70's classic rock for inspiration, and adds a touch of prog to spice things up. Think Jethro Tull without the folk elements. Although 'Hot Summer Fun' seems like a one-off attempt at writing pop, 'Mirror Monologue' (it's b-side) is more indicative of the band's style. It's not dreary, but it's a little dark, it's crunchy, and it's full of vintage appeal, without having to use the exact same sounds of that era. Although '1+1=OK' did not appeal to me as much as I thought it would, this single brings forth two of the best offerings from that album.

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 1+1=OK by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.50 | 20 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars '1+1=OK' - Jeavestone (6/10)

Although they are a fairly small country, Finland has produced many great bands, quite a few of which have achieved international success and acclaim. Jeavestone are another group of hopefuls seeking to find their place amongst the stars of progressive rock. '1+1=OK' is the band's third full length, and now having been around for around a decade, they have solidified their sound into something fairly distinctive. I can evidently see that this group avoids many of the conventions of prog rock, yet they look to the 70's for inspiration. While I am all too used to hearing prog bands emulating other prog bands, Jeavestone go for a more straightforward rock sound. The band's sound is a clear homage to classic rock, with that progressive edge to give it a more vital style. '1+1=OK' is a well done album that pays proper tribute to its influences, and while Jeavestone's more streamlined rock approach has some good potential for it, the collection of songs on '1+1=OK' don't move me the way I was hoping they would.

Jeavestone may have a classic rock sound, but they do not forget to put a little bit of proggy technical edge in their music. Although the songwriting rarely seeks to go beyond the waters of five minutes, the instrumentation sometimes works in rather technically accomplished fills. Sadly, this is an exception rather than the rule, and from a personal standpoint, the rather straightforward musicianship can lack the intensity I look for in prog rock. Jeavestone's primary influence appears to be Jethro Tull, minus the overt folk elements. In terms of performance, Jeavestone play their parts well, but I don't see anyone going beyond the call of duty. If there is a highlight to Jeavestone's sound, it is the voice of Jim Goldworth, a name of which I believe to be a pseudonym. He has a dark, yet very melodic voice to him. He is not graced with a particularly stunning range, but he performs his role with skill and talent.

The songwriting is the centerpiece of Jeavestone's product, and it is quite well done, although there are no songs here that particularly grab my attention. The single 'Hot Summer Fun' may turn off proggers from the suspiciously poppy song title, but it's actually a very intelligent, albeit catchy tune. Especially in terms of lyrics, the wordplay is quite impressive. Even after several listens to '1+1=OK', the single was the only song that left an imprint. That is not to say that any music on this album is bad, it's just that Jeavestone's prog-tinged classic rock emulation leaves little to the imagination, past enjoyment of the hooks and some clever arrangements. Perhaps it's largely a matter of personal taste, but while Jeavestone manages to find a different sound in prog than the one that I'm used to hearing lately, it doesn't do anything for me.

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 Mind The Soup by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.10 | 11 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars In 1999 in the small town of Kalajoki,Finland finds birth a new talented Finnish act named Jeavestone by four young musicians: Jim Goldworth (vocals, guitar), Mickey Maniac (guitar, vocals), Tommy Glorioso (bass) and Kingo (drums).With the addition of Angelina Galactique on flutes,keys and voices their sound became richer and the record a self-financed eponymous EP in 2001.Jeavestone toured Finland before the release of their first album ''Mind the soup'' in 2005.

At just 40 minutes,''Mind the soup'' is a good modern Art Rock/Prog album with diversity and energy.With changing heavier and calmer moments and a good dose of breaks in every track,Jeavestone manage to mix different styles such as Heavy Rock,Folk and Classic Prog,influenced by the likes of THE BEATLES, GENTLE GIANT, RUSH and even SPOCK'S BEARD.The majority of the compositions are short but always with rich musicianship,strong amount of dynamics and a vocal orientation.Speaking of vocals,these are quite great and come often in a polyphonic appearance with often a humourous edge.Very much guitar-driven with powerful grooves and short soloing,the tracks are often interrupted by acoustic calmness,complex keyboard parts and flute-driven delicacy to add this afore-mentioned diversity,which makes ''Mind the soup'' an enjoyable listening.The production is also a plus,being bright and clear all the way.

''Mind the soup'' leaves a sweet taste after its listening and it is an album well-played and produced,enough for the listener to keep an eye on the band.Modern prog of good quality and certainly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 43 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by Menswear
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5 stars Have your ankles being swankled?

When a band is a blend of being entertaining, powerful and humoristic at the same time, you tell your friends quickly. I got excited at this band because I'm looking for a Gentle Giant-Sugar- Twin-kinda-band. I did find something a bit more complicated than this...

Jeavestone is a band that goes full throttle in what they do. There is no filling and there's very few idea repetition, but you won't get bored. They are skilled musicians (although kinda young) and they have a fondness for bands like Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant but mainly Beardfish or Frank Zappa. The songs are short, packed with punch, features lots and lots of hooks, despite the heavy amount of jazz-folk and a good dose of auto-derision. There is a lot of humor, even in the way they are playing, especially in the fake infomercial about a device that removes and polishes ankles. I laughed very hard, and again, people were staring at me for the wrong reasons.

So fans of Beardfish, please drop whatever you are doing and get this album. A gem.

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 1+1=OK by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.50 | 20 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by OT Räihälä

4 stars Jeavestone is an exceptionally good band, with an original sound and an attitude that differs a lot from the mainstream prog of the day. However, their third album 1+1=OK is a hard nut to crack. One would have expected them to go deeper into the somewhat crazy and multi-stylistic world of the preceding album, Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol (2008), because its overall atmosphere raised so many eyebrows and made the band so different from their contemporaries.

On the contrary, Jeavestone has turned the clock backwards and made a more straight-forward, almost a heavy prog rock record. It is much closer to the band's first album, Mind the Soup (2005) than SSAPP, although with much stronger compositions than on their debut. Gone are the strings, the woodwinds (bar the guesting sopran sax on the final track), the orchestral percussion as well as the obvious humour that gave SSAPP so special angle. We even hear much less Angelina Galactique's flute than before, which is a pity, because it's become an integral part of the band's sound. 1+1=OK is definitely Jeavestone's darkest album so far.

What rescues this record, is the quality of the compositions. The band has again put a myriad of classic influences into a box, shaken it carefully to avoid to sound like a copy of anybody, and yet there are a few familiar elements. For example, the opening track Laser Fluxus Bombus Interruptus starts like an 80's hard rock track, but soon evolves into fusion that turns the band into "The Jeavishnu Orchestra", and eventually fades into a mellow exit. The Tip Reader is the heaviest track on the album; here Jim Goldworth (probably the best prog rock singer around at the moment) sounds like a sophisticated version of Bruce Dickinson. Furute Shock is one of the high points of the album with a very catchy chorus. Quite astonishingly, both tracks of the 2009 single Hot Summer Fun are included. This hints at some lack of material, although both songs are good. With the use of melodica, Hot Summer Fun is the closest the band comes to the sound of SSAPP. Do It Right is maybe the simplest song of the record, whereas Factory's colour and subject are relatively dark, and Senseless goes ahead with a constantly changing key. The last song, Poet's Eternity is an expected finale to the album, with a colouring sopran sax solo, and with a short ghost track after it.

1+1=OK (I have no idea where the title comes from) grows on me with every spin, and I believe with time it really will challenge its fantastic predecessor. It is neither a step forward nor backward, but rather a side-step that broadens Jeavestone's image. I feel tempted to give it full five stars, but that would mean I'd consider it a better album than SSAPP, which it is not - not yet. Time will tell.

This is one of the strongest prog'n'roll albums there is, and anybody with the access to Spotify can go and check it out themselves right now. If you can, do it - you won't be disappointed.

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 Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.14 | 43 ratings

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Jeavestone Eclectic Prog

Review by OT Räihälä

4 stars What a giant leap by Jeavestone!

Whereas Mind The Soup is a promising, yet somewhat inconsistent compilation of songs from the group's early career, Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol is a similar jump onto another, higher level, that Gentle Giant made when they after their eponymous debut released Acquiring The Taste. There is another similarity with ATT: the title track is a shortish scherzando instrumental, and co-incidentally Jeavestone's new album also contains a short instrumental called Erg, that brings Giant's tune to mind.

On this album, Jeavestone brings back all the nice and good things from their past influences and mix them with modern-sounding rock music with a lot of small, interesting details, nice tone colours of acoustic instruments, playful melodies, powerful riffs, fine vocal works, even humour (The Power Of SwankleT) - and out of the hat jumps an album that any prog fan longing for the good old Seventies but rather hoping for a better 2000's will find as a most satisfying effort. There is more jazzy feel than on the debut, an expansive variety of instruments used with purpose and skills, and Jeavestone's first proper multi-movement epic - and yet they are rocking out, like on Plastic Landscaper or Your Turn To Run.

With Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol, Jeavestone raise the bar for themselves to such heights that if they can go further from this, I'll guarantee their next album five stars. In the meantime, you shouldn't waste your time: get this fantastic album into your hands now. (4.49/5)

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 Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Review by Tsamowahr

4 stars What a wonderful CD i have on my hands and soon in my player. The cardboard covers are great. Quite psycedelic themes and there is a hilarious little comic book too (it's about the adventures of the line-up. In the first issue the pages are on wrong order because someone in the label messed it up I think).

Ok, the disc is in the player now and I'm excidet! ¡Quela Puente! is the first track and it starts with nice melodica(?) and flute. Throuh the album there is a intelligent use of other instruments too like a oboe, a vibraphone, a clarinet and the strings. What an harmony.

There is only a little minus and it is Erg (0:39). It isn't bad but sounds little bit like a filler.

I think that Spices, Species and Poetry Petrol is more jazzy and progressive than the first Jeavestone's album Mind the Soup. Very mature performance from this finnish group with a lot of potential and skill.

(Sorry about my probably bad english but the album is still great!)

4,5/5 points and 4 stars!

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 Mind The Soup by JEAVESTONE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.10 | 11 ratings

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Review by OT Räihälä

3 stars I first learned about the Finnish group Jeavestone a couple of years ago, when I heard their self-produced EP. Since then they have released their first album, Mind The Soup, and I have also seen them live on a gig. I was about to write a review on this album a lot earlier, but luckily I didn't. I would have given MTS a higher rating, but giving a bit more time to it, I have got some perception.

I'm giving it three stars now because I believe this band can only be on its way to greater things. Their first album has nine songs which are written during I think four or five years, and that says it all: the band has had some tunes that have survived to their debut album, and in the meantime they have written new music as they have progressed. This makes the album quite inconsistent. I also have to say, that some of the pieces are really done tongue-in-cheek, and only two or three of them are really prog. These are The Secret Playhouse and The Prophet's Daydream, which are really promising compositions. On the other hand, Jeavestone call themselves a "prog'n'roll" band, so obviously they aren't trying to follow the paths of the most symphonic prog acts. On MTS, Jeavestone mix a lot of different spices in the pot: groups like Jethro Tull, 70's Rush, Early Spock's Beard and Kingston Wall have all left their marks on MTS.

What really strikes with Jeavestone's debut, is their musical ability. They have two equally creative solo guitarists who play simultaneous solos, a very trustworthy bass-drums section and a nice colouring effect in the use of flute. They are very fluent on stage, too. The lead vocalist, Jim Goldworth, has a very distinguished, strong voice that hardly goes out of tune and will be a pleasant surprise for a lot of people. For whatever reason the members of Jeavestone use a bit infantile artist names.

Mind The Soup is an encouraging debut and makes at least me to expect fine things from the band in the future.

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