09/21/2014 - SBS Live This Week finishes off the behind the scenes episode with highlights from 2012-2014 with the release of Part II - out now!
09/20/2014 - Punk gets REAL with a brand new release from The Giggitys - now in review!
09/19/2014 - You gotta hear this! Yesterdays Promise now in review with an absolutely killer EP!
09/18/2014 - Brand new single in review from Canada's own - Morning Fame are BACK with a new single called "Dreamality."
Jour Majesty – Three Winks – EP Review
I’ve had conversations with fellow friends and peers about similar music to what’s happening here on the Jour Majesty EP throughout the past of my experience. It’s this kind of soft, well-played, melodic & acoustically driven music that I’ve maintained to all of these people from day one – you would have to be an incredible dick to walk into a room and turn music like this off, or even down in volume. Even if it’s not your genre, I’m still saying this applies; the music of Jour Majesty is completely inoffensive and should, by that measure, be appealing to an extremely large mass of music fans.
And it’s current – let’s face it, this particular sound is a very large part of what’s happening out in the music scene right now. As the Three Winks EP opened into the first track “Angel,” my wife was in the next room over and quickly wanted it turned up for her to listen as well.
Now first of all – believe me when I say this is a completely all-to-RARE experience…always met with instant compliance. For reference’s sake, the last time this request was made was when we reviewed the album from Shagpile, earlier this year. Without having done any research on Jour Majesty at this point, we debated the points of sound out loud, citing influences we could hear in the music. For a moment during “Angels,” and inside my first impressions, I was hearing the popped-out version of what would have happened if Eddie Vedder had taken the Into The Wild soundtrack down that road. But admittedly, that was only the guitar – vocally, lead singer Michael Perry was heading in a much more pronounced, clean & articulate style…
We continued into the next song, “Photograph” before we settled into some stronger comparisons. She mentioned the subtle melodies and lyrically-driven folk-music of Damien Rice right before what should have stood out to me further, caught me instantly; The Head And The Heart. With the extra instrumentation coming drifting in and out of these stripped-down pop tunes, each song expands with that classic modern-day folk-pop stomp that continues to excite ears around the globe.
Largely, Jour Majesty represents the heart & soul and spectacular songwriting efforts of Michael Perry. A little research into his current bio confirmed those inspirations we found in the music, specifically The Head And The Heart; which without we would not have new music from Jour Majesty to enjoy right now. Seeing their first opportunity to perform for a large audience opening the show for Death Cab For Cutie before they hit the big time, changed Perry’s disillusioned view of the industry and thankfully inspired him so powerfully that he came back around to making beautiful music of his own once again. Together with a handful of players & friends and armed with a fresh-perspective and new-found positivity, Perry brought his lyrically-driven pop-folk tunes back to vibrant life with a focus on his relatable storytelling and easy-going, comforting melodies.
“Dancing Shoes” reveals Jour Majesty at their most hook-driven moments. The playing and production on this EP are literally flawless throughout the entire set of four. Even vocally, there’s no other choices I could hear myself making – I think Perry and his crew have truly covered all the angles here in making sure that each and every track had its own unique & creative sounds and left no stone unturned when it came to making sure that they came out crystal-clear through the vocals, music & production overall.
It wraps up with “Idaho,” which is a perfect sounding send-off to this quick introduction to the music of Jour Majesty. Nearly evoking an Elvis Costello sound through his vocals, Perry adds just the right amount of true-Americana style into the music without it ever dominating the sound entirely, giving himself and his bandmates the freedom to explore and drift to the boundaries and fringe of their pop-folk borders. The extra filters added to Perry’s vocals in this song halfway through really add to the performance on this one, not only updating the sound of this style even further, but also not taking away from anything else happening in this beautiful ending to Three Winks; Perry uses this sound as an added instrument and the effect really works incredibly well in this final tune.
Will we hear MORE from Jour Majesty in the future? Well – I can only hope we will! Though there hasn’t been a lot of initial communication between us, we’ve got Jour Majesty on schedule for one of our incredible video-interviews upcoming on SBS Live This Week; a project that many of you know has already seen the retirement of a few bands & artists, but also the rise of the creative and highlights of the real inspiration that people feel when truly connecting with their art & music. After a thorough listen through Three Winks and hearing what Perry has had to say through his tone, sentiment & songwriting – I’m definitely excited to hear more from him and learn even more about this project, Jour Majesty. Keep your fingers crossed and let’s hope we’ve found another artist out there that really has established that deep, impactful & amazing connection to his music and we come up with another great show between us. If the sheer amount of focus and heart on this EP are any indication…we’re in store for something truly fantastic as we become another part of the long musical journey that Jour Majesty is about to embark on as these tunes continue to find their way to more & more ears and audiences around the globe.
- Jer @ SBS
Find out more about Jour Majesty at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jour-Majesty/319801434835162
The Giggitys – Songs In The Key Of Awesome – Album Review
There’s a large chance you might be able to listen to the entire new album, Songs In The Key Of Awesome in the same amount of time it will take you to read this review. The Giggitys are packing a sonic punk-punch in their music and keeping it true to the authentic style that bore the breakthroughs of countless legendary bands during the original punk movement. With an energy and sound that contains the classic elements of punk similar to The Ramones and Fear – The Giggitys also make good use of a more modern-day pop-punk edge and sound like Green Day and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have made famous. With their inspiration & influences drawing from all over the genre – there’s a sense of comfort within this punk music of The Giggitys…errr…well….you know, as comforting as punk can get….
As they rip through blazing openers “Not With You (Winter Moon)” and “Goodbye Cruel Girl” – you really get the sense that this band of five from Cleveland, Ohio have lived, ate, slept and breathed nothing but punk music their entire lives. The blending of so many elements of true classic-punk are put together so effortlessly, they’re providing an entirely new blueprint for the next generation to adopt. With treble-intensive, crunchy guitars provided by Ric Nimrod (Formerly of legendary punk band The Nimrods), Bernie Lyon and Joe Gill, a relentless pounding and driving beat from drummer Kevin Six and the bouncy, vibrant bass necessary for punk from Paul Ecoli, they storm through truly large-scale punk anthems like “15 Minutes Ago” and “Take Control” in an authentically lo-fi production-style. Not only does the music match the classic sound & feel, but in the mix this album is also an extreme pleasure to listen to in how close it nailed the genuine punk vibe.
I’m a huge fan of the energy, melody and relentless nature of tracks like “Talk To The Hand,” and “She’s Gone.” Like good punk should, these songs nearly incite a riot inside you. No joke – one moment I was sitting here listening to The Giggitys and the next thing I knew I was standing in the middle of the studio breaking my office chair. I’m still not clear on exactly how this all went down, but it sure was magical.
And then there’s the ultimate love song, provided in detail by The Giggitys courtesy of “Balls Deep In Love With You…” Did they know I’m one of two members in Balls Deep In Your Stepmom? Or is this just the beautiful, musical hand-of-fate stepping in to steer our destinies together? I don’t know what it was, or is…but I know I love this tune. Closer to the more modern twist on punk like “Talk To The Hand,” and “She’s Gone” – “Balls Deep In Love With You” is nearly reminiscent of The Offspring at their most playful.
No matter if they choose the modern path, or the classic roots like those displayed in “Total D,” this is winning punk done right and really written to be completely geared towards those that have a real appreciation for the entire history of this timeless genre. The energy never quits; literally – if you leave the room to get yourself a cup of coffee, make sure to keep the volume up as you’d be bound to miss possibly 3-4 tracks as this blazing punk-rock rips by.
Led by the excellent musicianship that has made this entire album a modern-day punk masterpiece – “It’s Not Me, It’s You” finishes this album strongly in a true-anthem style. A track like this comes along with the visual of a mosh-pit just going-off insanely with bodies being tossed through the air like human rag-dolls. This is music with energy that leaves a lasting, memorable impression through some very authentic style & songwriting. If you claim to love everything about punk music – put your money where your ears are and prove it – go get Songs In The Key Of Awesome by The Giggitys.
- Jer @ SBS
Find the album directly here: https://thegiggitys.bandcamp.com/album/songs-in-the-key-of-awesome
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