Following the break-up of his briefly fashionable London, England-based quartet Kula Shaker in 1999, Crispian Mills (b. 18 January 1973, Hammersmith, London, England; vocals/guitar) relocated to New York City for a spell, to plot his next move. Hoping he would latch onto a new local music scene that would inspire him, Mills grew disappointed and eventually opted to return back home. Mills formed a group known as Pi, which besides an ill-advised arena tour opening for Robbie Williams, nothing came of. Mills moved on once more before the band could issue any recordings, and signed on with Kula Shaker’s former management company. Looking to return to Kula Shaker’s psychedelic pop sound, Mills found like-minded musicians for his new project, namely Dan McKinna (bass) and Andy Nixon (drums), and took the word Jeevas (a derivation of the Indian term for ‘life force’) as his new band’s name. Recording sessions for their debut album took only three weeks in total (in a small studio owned by Pete Thomas of the Attractions), and resulted in a recording contract with Kula Shaker’s former label, Epic Records. Jeevas’ debut, 1-2-3-4, was released in September 2002 and appeared to sink without a trace. Cowboys And Indians opened with the sparkling ‘Black & Blue’, but fell back into indifference with pointless cover versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters Of War’. Mills is capable of so much more.
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