the basic line-up on the album is:
kevin (previously with famous curtain trick and the he-she's) and loandi (cortina whiplash, previously Rokkeloos) have been touring and performing with jim for the past year.
the South African Art Times gave the following review of their live performance:
Watching Jim Neversink perform ... was one of my most blessed aesthetic experiences in the last few years, certainly blessed enough to make me evangelical. (read more...)
other musicians to be heard on the album are:
the album is the result of a rare and stellar combination of jim's songwriting and the production wizardry of new york-based guitar legend richard lloyd.
the experience was mutually exhilarating. richard later wrote the following account of his stay in Joburg:
Working as the producer on Jim Neversink's latest record has been one of the great joys and profound experiences of my life. I feel as if I stepped into a miracle -- not only working with the band and the engineer, but being able to help Jim realize his dreams -- songs that are so profound that reality resists the realization of their truth in every possible way.
In Jim's voice I heard so many influences and yet none -- an original plaintiff and poignant voice singing profound lyrics beyond the ken of normal understanding. At times I heard the timbre of Ray Davies, Kurt Cobain without the screaming, Roy Orbison, Jim Morrison without the gruffness, and so many more that it often left me speechless -- quite the rarity.
His band was incredible, turning in performances that enhance the songs and never stand in their way. It is the songs themselves that emerge from a depth of silence beyond human comprehension -- songs that you say to yourself, "no human being could have written these." There are songs captured from a place beyond -- beyond melody, beyond harmony; songs that belong to no one and every one who is human. How I became involved is almost beyond comprehension, but having been asked to act as producer, I poured myself out as did the others.
We lived in a magic circle, like the African drummers -- unencumbered by the outer time, we created a masterwork which is outside of time. The music is from the eternal, and cannot be contained within time. Anyone who hears this record and allows it to wash over them will be irrevocably changed, and for the better. It is the record of a soul -- a real soul of a real man, who has seen beyond the means and has brought back diamonds and gemstones which cannot be found in the earth, but which come from the soul of the image of a creator -- as Allen Ginsberg once wrote of Bob Dylan, "he is like a living column of air". These same words could apply to Jim Neversink, and his newest record -- and don't let the title fool you, "Skinny Girls Are Trouble" will be a desert island disc for even those not yet born."
-- Richard Lloyd, New York City, 2009
The album was recorded during two weeks in March 2009, at the SABC studios. click here for the day-to-day internet blog of the recordings.return to main page