When Trevor and the Joneses set out to record their first full-length, they didn’t know they’d be the last band to set foot inside Chrome Werewolf.
In less than two years, that Downtown studio—owned and operated by sound engineer and local musician Brian Garth—tracked more than 50 bands, including The Big Friendly Corporation, Close to Modern and his own Black Camaro, before closing its doors late last year. Garth, a political science major at UNLV, says the studio began to consume his time, and that he’s now refocusing on school and his health. It kind of blew up on me,” he says, “Like, holy sh*t, this is bigger than it really should be. I’m really honored and humbled by that, but … I had to put it aside for the time being.
“I’ll always be a musician, I’ll always be the guy from Black Camaro,” he continues. “But I also want to be the guy that can get you off of your drug charges or the guy that can help you out with your immigration status.”
Trevor and the Joneses ended the studio’s run on a high note with first LP There Was Lightning. The record is loaded with psychedelic grit and visceral guitars, exploding from its opener, “Dig This!,” to its final track, “Superslow.” If you’re new to the local scene or if you haven’t heard what Chrome Werewolf helped put out, There Was Lightning is a fine place to start. Give it a spin at trevorjones.bandcamp.com or on iTunes or Spotify.