Atlanta’s Gentleman Jesse has released a new single along with a cover via Drunk Dial Records. The single, “Where Time Stands Still,” is paired with a daring take on the 90s New Jack classic “Return of the Mack.” Both were recorded in a spirited session on January 29th, 2023, in Jesse’s basement.
Jesse Smith, also known as Gentleman Jesse, has been a prominent figure in the Atlanta music scene since the mid to late ’90s. Smith initially gained recognition in the Atlanta music scene as part of indie rock acts Paper Lions and Some Soviet Station. Following the dissolution of Paper Lions, Smith joined the Carbonas just in time for the recording of their Frothing at the Mouth 7-inch single. Subsequently, Carbonas’ drummer, Dave Rahn, expressed interest in a side project, and in 2005, Gentleman Jesse & His Men took shape.
On the recording of the new songs, Jesse stated:
“This was a wild ride of a recording session. The three of us got together that afternoon, fueled by the creative energy of the moment, and decided to craft ‘Where Time Stands Still.’ As the day unfolded, we took a bold swing at the 90s New Jack banger ‘Return of the Mack.’ To set the tempo, we immersed ourselves in a chopped and screwed version, all while sipping on French Rosé.”
As the songs started to take shape, the trio cracked open some German lagers, and the creative process unfolded against the backdrop of pizza orders during overdubs. Vocals and Tip Top Old Fashioneds marked the final stretch of the recording journey, resulting in an eclectic blend of musical brilliance and inebriated spontaneity.
Stream the two new tracks below and grab your copy of the 7″ on vinyl via Drunk Dial Records here!