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New Music: The Jackobins
December 19, 2014
Despite having originated as a band a little over a year ago, Liverpool’s The Jackobins have wasted little time in creating a media buzz through their cohesive brand of ’90s era punk rock abrasiveness, chiming with a range of underlying idiosyncrasies in terms of piano led intros and adept melodies owing to a range of more contemporary influences.
An intimate set at the chic East Village Arts Club on 13th December saw the band, consisting of Dominic Bassnett on lead vocals, Veso on guitar, John Whittingham on keys, Chris Marriott on bass, and Marc Terry on drums, showcase their The Motor Museum (Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg) recorded debut EP ‘Ghosts’, as part of a celebratory launch night on the back of a lengthy touring schedule inclusive of dates supporting The Rifles and Dexters.
The results of their undoubted industry clatters in with a Stones Roses influenced spritely guitar intro on opener ‘The Otherside’, seguing into powerful drum beats, before dialing back to allow Bassnet’s Eddie Vedder style vocals to take deserved centre stage. Melodious verses build to showcase powerful vocal dexterity in the lurching rattle of the range of long held notes; while a floating lead resembling Foals provides a platform for the protagonist in offering a genuinely engaging and instrumentally fluctuating track.
The sheer range of influences on offer here is perhaps best displayed in the Afrikaan style chanting displayed on the sonically cultured opening to ‘She Always Says‘. It is a song seemingly inspired by the tormented goth-rock exclamations of The Cure, particularly in the stuttered power chords and the swirling nervous energy of the extended chorus, in which Bassnet retaliates to false promises with the cry of, ‘It’s all no more and there’s no going back.’
Heartfelt piano throws in a further curveball on title record ‘Ghosts‘ in terms of expected song construction, merging an abrasive cacophony of guitar feedback before continuation of a Nirvana-esque quiet to loud guitar and vocal dynamic. This is rounded off with an accomplished guitar solo highlighting the flexibility of a band determined to show they are more than another conventional punk rock group.
Adding yet a further string to their already heavily strung bow, closer ‘Prussia‘ opens with a rush of electronic pulses, feeding into delay heavy guitar for an all-out Metallica tinged rocker which closes this promising EP with an aggressively defiant stance.
The eclectic mixture of the old and new certainly lends to the appeal of The Jackobins, who have already received extensive airplay on a host of radio stations – including the esteemed alternative authority in XFM – representing a band well worth checking out in the New Year as an embryonic fixture on the festival and gig circuit.