A Gene Loves Jezebel Plays the Whisky: This is intriguing. There are two versions of GLJ on the live circuit, each featuring one of the twin Aston brothers. The Cruel World Festival has the Jay Aston version on the bill while, in the same month, the Michael Aston version is here at the Whisky. IT’S ON! Gordo, Sisters Doll, Dino Daze and No Avail also play.
Back in 2019, Alex Distefano wrote a piece about musical siblings at war, here he said, “From the early 1980s, this British band are credited with influencing the post-punk and early goth-rock sound. Featuring twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston, the band underwent numerous lineup changes throughout its career, and by the early ’90s there was already two versions of the same band. Michael Aston went solo and based himself in the U.S., and by 1997 there were already lawsuits filed. The brothers’ legal fallings-out made it so there were two bands with the same name, each featuring an Aston brother. But, in 2008, an agreement was reached. The band known as Gene Loves Jezebel in the U.K. is led by Jay Aston and is now known as Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel within the United States. Michael Aston’s band is now known as Gene Loves Jezebel in the U.S. and Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel in the U.K. Both bands are active, touring and recording as separate entities under their legal agreement.”
A Gene Loves Jezebel Plays the Whisky: The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Whisky A Go-Go.