A new all-star band featuring Matthew Bellamy of Muse, Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets, Nic Cester of Jet, Graham Coxon of Blur, Jamie Davis, and Sean Payne of The Zutons—known as The Jaded Hearts Club—has released its second single, “This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me).”
It’s the second song the band has released following “Nobody But Me,” a cover of The Isley Brothers’ classic, with Kane singing lead.
Cester has lead vocal duties on “This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It’s Killing Me),” which was originally a Marvin Gaye song originally recorded in 1967 but not released until 1994.
“As soon as I heard ‘This Love Starved Heart Of Mine’ I knew Nic Cester from Jet is one of the few people who could actually sing it,” Jamie Davis wrote in a news release. “Nic’s vocal has that gut-wrenching on-pitch scream and raw charisma that provide the driving power needed. The track is like a runaway train—big, brassy, brash.”
The Jaded Hearts Club came together in 2017 when Davis, a British guitarist living in Los Angeles who previously ran Coxon’s Transcopic Records label in England, wanted to book a Beatles covers band to play at his birthday party. He couldn’t find an affordable option and the bands he saw were “drab,” so he decided to form his own. The birthday party performance proved to be a hit so they scheduled another performance, at a Stella McCartney fashion show in 2018—at which Paul McCartney joined The Jaded Hearts Club on stage and led them through “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Helter Skelter.”
The band played secret shows at SXSW and elsewhere and expanded its repertoire to cover other classic British rock songs of the ’60s. Bellamy and Davis started working on an album, and the band decided to focus primarily on recording lost classics from the world of Northern Soul. It’s a genre—Northern England’s response to Motown and American soul music—of which Davis said many in Los Angeles are unaware.
“I read somewhere… that rock is the new jazz,” Bellamy said in the news release. “It’s becoming an esoteric genre, but still with huge historical and cultural importance. Like jazz, which often reinvents old songs, The Jaded Hearts Club is continuing the tradition of how bands like The Beatles and The Stones started out—finding great soul and blues standards and recording them in a more modern style.”