Let’s just cut to the chase ok? This album rocks! The first track (also my favorite) titled News to Me jumps right in and the story is underway. There is no fancy intro or dicking around of any kind. All instruments are in full swing immediately and the following is what I noticed: The vocals have that inexplicable thing that I have always been drawn to…melody without going overboard. The tempos are fast and energetic just as I always crave. The guitar and bass progressions crank along against a banging a$$ drum groove and I love every second of it! On the following two tracks, JIC starts to bring in a little more of a pop element. The riffs and vocal melodies start to have a familiar Blink-182/Lit happy So-Cal vibe. Often, such a comparison in a review might take a turn toward the negative, but that’s not going to happen right now. JIC has this cool way of keeping things unpredictable and interesting. They don’t seem to worry about trying to force the song arrangements into perfectly balanced formulaic tunes. Instead, when you’d expect the vocal cadences or a guitar progression to parallel a previous verse or chorus, it doesn’t happen. The band will insert well executed variations and it breaks up the monotony of your standard pop punk song. Sometimes this approach to song writing results in a choppy non-cohesive “Frankensong”. Not the case with these guys! The overall sense of groove and flow doesn’t waiver, and I can’t help but applaud this! On the next track titled Damn Tasty, the band comes in with the fastest double-time groove on the release. It brought back all sorts of fond memories of bands like Sicko and early MXPX, and as with all of JIC’s songs, it does not maintain this feel from start to finish. Instead, the song makes a paradigm shift somewhere near the halfway mark into a loud and open half-time feel emphasizing the notion, “give them time to die…let their faces turn blue!”
Better Late Than Never wraps up with another really solid track called “Currently”. It is loaded with cool elements including classic palm muted verses, a pre-verse bridge with a clever guitar riff, and one hell of an addictive chorus. Vocally, there is something about the phrasing and note choice of, “I won’t rely on the same old words and be satisfied” that just works! …I mean it really works! …and if you’re not singing along after a few listens, you can at least look forward to the minute-and-a-half long saxophone solo that takes you to the end. It’s most certainly dope! (insert hand claps & cheers for sure on this one!!!) I hope these guys hold it together and put out a full-length. I’d pre-order it!
Review by T-Money