As front man and pop-writing genius with the (legendary) Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with Victoria voted by the public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time. Today you can still hear 10,000 rugby fans sing in unison to Why Does Love Do This To Me? at a Super 12 match.
The Jordan Luck Band is the band that Jordan has assembled to carry on the torch of his pop-writing gift. Hand-picked from a wish-list of players he wanted to work with, Jordan found that he didn't need to look further than the first four on his list.
Bryan Bell came from the hard-touring and well-loved Dead Flowers, a guitarist, pianist and songwriter with a pop streak a mile wide. Bryan first caught Jordan's ear with hits like I Wanna Know when they shared a bill together in Exponents days. Bryan's no-nonsense rhythm guitar and vocal ability made him an obvious choice for The Jordan Luck Band when the Flowers called it a day, two albums into a promising career. Bryan is well down the track to completing his debut solo album, with early indications that we're in for something pretty special from this talented songwriter.
Mark Bell is the other half of the twin guitar attack, a guitarist who first rose to national prominence with the power trio Blam Blam Blam, scoring a couple of runaway Top Ten hits with No Depression in NZ and Don't Fight it Marsha. He later formed Coconut Rough with an old schoolmate and scored another runaway with Sierra Leone. He has since worked with artists as diverse as Jenny Morris, Jan Hellriegel, Greg Johnson and Don McGlashan, and his unique, inventive guitar style adds a touch of real class to the band sound.
Rich Mixture on bass, formerly of kiwi rockers Shaft and The D4, completes the rhythm section.
Jay Foulkes is the engine room of the mighty band sound. His prodigious drumming and percussion talent has seen his playing grace more albums than room would permit to mention. Suffice to say, if it's a legend (that word again!) of New Zealand rock, the chances are Jay was behind the kit at some stage . Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, even The Exponents! The man has done it all, and always with that big, wise-cracking grin on his face.
While The Jordan Luck Band still carry the torch of Jordan's illustrious pop past by playing those beloved Exponents hits, the band also has one eye firmly on the future, with a recent bout of intense song writing for the (wait for it) NEW ALBUM, proving that Jordan's creative muse is flourishing in its new environment. With a line-up like The Jordan Luck Band, how could it be otherwise?
Jordan Luck (vocals)
Bryan Bell (guitar)
Mark Bell (guitar)
Rich Mixture (bass)
Jay Foulkes (drums)
|REVIEW: Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Thirsty Dog Auckland 11/3/16
Submitted by Andrew Smit
|1 Apr 2016|
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