Watching a band progress is an adventure. Whether it be your mates getting a support slot with a semi-name indie band in Camden to a band you saw at a dingy club in Romford getting signed by Sony, it goes to show that sometimes, just sometimes, the bands you have belief in can make it! The band is Jesse James, and this is their tale...
The UK 7 piece have been unleashed in a studio and the outcome is stunning in that they don't sound too contrived and although not quite catching the live intensity and stage presence they have, they still come across as a cut above the other shite in this field.
From the opener of 'Empty Tank' you can hear that the years of insistent gigging have made them tight as a ducks rectal entrance, and the skank-tastic grooves lead by Rich's guitar and Pete's sax show their US luminaries just how it should be done.
Standout track for me is 'My Favourite Shirt', which is just a sing and bounce-around anthem for the privacy of your bedroom. It has a riff that's perfect for air guitar and lyrics so simple they stick in your mind (but the brass line is stolen from 'La Bamba, I swear!) This is the bands anthem and a crowd favourite - and it's not lost in making the transfer to record (hear the full demo version here)
Other songs that stand out are 'TV' (one that I am sure 99.99% of all males can associate with) and 'Shoes' (which I am sure the aforementioned populous probably can't!) all of the same ilk and equally as catchy as every track on the album.
30 minutes long and great fun all the way through. Obvious comparison is the Mighty Mighty Bosstones but, for once, I think the Brits have edged it and got it just right. Think Dexys playing Greenday tracks and that's somewhere along the right lines.
Great live, a stunning debut album, the future's bright, the future's brass!
8Colin Weston's Score