Label: Jar Records - JAR017 • Format: CD Sampler, Promo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Folk Rock, Indie Rock
Listen to the Jar Family on SoundCloud. Hometown : Hartlepool. A review of one of their tracks described it as "the perfect song, the perfect recording", after which, it suggested, "all other songs should be banned", but the point is, their music isn't perfect, it's loose and dishevelled, which, on second thoughts, is probably a lot of people's idea of perfection.
The vocals are hoarse, the playing is immaculately sloppy, and the whole project is so pre-punk, so pre-postmodern, it's not true. It's like all of the genres and all of the eras since never happened. Some are being drawn by the image of this gang of grown-up Artful Dodgers in all their neo-Dickensian finery, others by the musicianship, which recalls a bygone age of guitar licks and solos and "tasty" drum and bass parts that, unsurprisingly, have nothing to do with drum'n'bass.
Their debut album, due later this year, will be a treat for people who last got excited about new bands around the time of the pub rock movement, ie circaand since then have only cocked an ear to the radio whenever someone gritty and authentic came along.
The music is bluesy, or blue-eyed soul-y, the songs Machine - The Jar Family - Jarmalade - Sampler sort of fare you can Leipzig (Oct. 79) - Thomas Dolby - Europa And The Pirate Twins being busked, others more embellished with instrumental passages that provide ample opportunities for the sort of Yuggoth On The Rim - Velm - Orkan grimaces rock musicians aren't allowed to make any more.
Tell Me Baby is more typical, with its wheezing harmonica and cheeky strut: think Pete Doherty croaking along to Chas and Dave or a cockney Dylan having a knees-up. Moya Moya is gruff pub rock that makes the Jar Family sound like veterans, although only Squeeze member Keith Wilkinson, here handling bass and production chores, is actually proper old. Enough's Enough is organ-fuelled, Santana-style samba rock with baggy shades of the Charlatans.
It's earlys soul rock that finds the singer down on his knees, begging you please. The final track, Spreading Out the Pain, is bluesy rock whose slow-burn intensity will delight some listeners, but whose title will doubtless allude to the discomfort felt by others as the guitar solo goes on and on.
The buzz : "The bohemian cheer of the Pogues has been combined with the broken poetic spirit of Peter Doherty" — Music Week. The truth : Meet Chas and Dylan. The double album Jarmalade is due later this year. Links : thejarfamily. Most likely to : Get their jar-jars out.
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