Cris Jacobs, The Legion Of Decency

Cris Jacobs

The Legion Of Decency

Wednesday, June 5

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 advance- $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

  • The Legion Of Decency
  • Cris Jacobs - 9:30

Cris Jacobs
Cris Jacobs
When Cris Jacobs began dreaming about a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2016 album Dust to Gold, he realized early on he'd have to do things differently this time around. His life had changed drastically since writing those songs: he'd toured extensively and attracted a legion of new, devoted fans; he'd come off the road into a world, with its divisive rhetoric and troubling headlines, he no longer recognized; and, most importantly, he'd gotten married and
had his first child. Things had changed, and Jacobs had, too.
Color Where You Are is the work of an artist at an exciting new stage in his life and career, ready to use his talents to share a little beauty with the loved ones and fans who have already given so much to him. The title nods to Jacobs' experience writing the album, which, as he puts it, he had to do "between tours, coming home, changing diapers, fixing things around the house.... You name it." He no longer had the luxury of waiting for inspiration to strike, so he
colored where he was.
"It was a new discipline for me and a new level of focus that I think brought out the best work,"he explains. "I feel like I grew up a little bit. There are people in my life who I truly care about and things in the world I feel deeply about. That really pushed me in a stronger direction and forced me to feel things on an honest level."
Opening track "Painted Roads," with its soulful groove and clever arrangement, is the perfect encapsulation of just how far Jacobs has come since releasing Dust to Gold. Jacobs is selfassured and confident in his soulful, infectious vocal, while his lyrical craftsmanship shows Jacobs to be a thoughtful songwriter who continuously strives to grow and evolve.
"It's about choosing to live in the present, and see the everyday details of the world, rather than postponing living or paying attention in hopes of some distant prize or destination,"
Jacobs says of "Painted Roads." "We get so caught up in 'success' and ambition, and are so goal-oriented, that we sometimes lose sight of the beauty in the everyday. 'Color where you are' is the notion of creating beauty now, no matter the circumstance."
"Painted Roads" was one of the first songs Jacobs and the band (who co-produced the album together) recorded for Color Where You Are, with his band mates taking Jacobs' original Tom Petty-inspired arrangement and giving it an off-kilter, syncopated groove. For the first time, Jacobs wrote the bulk of the album's songs in the studio, camping out at Richmond's Montrose Studios to flesh out "germs and ideas that had been floating around" with band members Todd Herrington (bass), Dusty Ray Simmons (drums/percussion) and Jonathan Sloane (guitar).
The Legion Of Decency
The Legion Of Decency
The Legion of Decency was a Catholic organization founded in the 1930’s, and active in the 50’s and 60’s. They would determine what entertainment, specifically movies, was “decent” for Catholics to partake in. My Mother, who attended Catholic school in San Francisco as a kid, was telling me about it one evening. It was apparently a sin to attend any of these movies. Of course, I know what movies I would have made a beeline to.
A band name was born.
This Legion of Decency is a band out of California’s Inland Empire. Born in the Eastern shadow of Los Angeles and that “magical” land of Hollywood, The Legion of Decency has grown with shady moss and all. I hope you enjoy the music and join in our pursuits. I’d like to think it is also a sin to listen to us.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
http://www.themintla.com/