I saw these folks at Eleven a few weeks ago. They set up and got ready to play. Their whole vibe was “we don’t care about anything”. Experience tells me that I can usually expect a steaming pile of crap is soon to follow. But I was pleasantly surprised. It looked liked controlled chaos. But it worked. So I picked up their CD.
“Shakedown” has 14 songs. The long song is just over 3 minutes. And it is very punk. Old school influenced. Guitar chords instead of riffs. No shredding solos. Loads of energy. A lot of “yeah yeah yeahs”. A lot of them.
Vocals are shared by Lyric (a gal) and Moon Runner (a guy who is also the drummer). Their voices mix well together. Both have a grating quality that suits the genre.
The songs are catchy and simple. They didn’t spend a lot of time over-writing anything. The songs are raw. They are performed raw. And it works. It is hard for bands to throw together the punk attitude and get it right. Most of the time, when a band tries to capture passion with spontaneity and the we-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude, it looses me. But these guys do it right. With their shows and their CD.
I can’t recommend this CD to everyone. When you say Old School Punk, a lot of kids think Dookie. And this ain’t no Dookie. It Old School Punk. Think back 30 or 40 years. New York. London. People who wore Dickies because they were cheap. Not because Hot Topic is having a sale. People with safety pins on their backpacks because they are falling apart.
This album isn’t going to change your life. Which I doubt was ever the intention of Jet Kill Radio. But it might make you trash your room, which may have been their goal all along.