Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Jump Ship Quick is full on Power Punk (is that a genre???) with strong Pop Punk and metallic overtones. They’ve described their influences as Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, MXPX, early Crucified, Turning Point and the list goes on. Not necessarily the typical fare I write about here, but variety is the spice of life. Where Thieves Cannot Tread is the title of their Punk Roxx Records debut album.
The songs on this 16 tune affair are fast and furious, the average time is somewhere between 2-3 minutes. Don’t blink or you may miss some! Tracks such as Mask of Greed, Here Come the Clowns, Hollywouldn’t, I Defy Your Violence lay things out as far as where this band is coming from.
Where Thieves Cannot Tread (the title song) is a musical tract about the preciousness of the Kingdom of God, if you gain the world will you not lose your soul? He Must Increase speaks of the importance of dying to self. At times I think of Green Day musically with the message of Undercover or The Lead.
Leanor Ortega Till from Five Iron Frenzy provided the production elements, and she did a fine job. The mix is strong and clean with a solid spread of instruments throughout the mix. At times I feel like the vibe of early Undercover of captured with more intensity on the musical side. You won’t find a watered down guitar but this thing is right out in front.
If you were a fan of Punk like the aforementioned bands this album is definitely right up your alley. Strong songs and punchy production hit the bull’s eye on Where Thieves Cannot Tread. Punk Roxx Records (a division of Roxx Records) has unleashed a caged animal that is challenging that roaring lion with a roar of its own.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Liberty N Justice has returned in fine form with their latest release Hells Coming to Breakfast. Listeners will find themselves given a nice slice of 80’s influenced hard rock. I’ve never been a big fan of ‘hair metal’ label since that conveys nearly nothing descriptive.
LNJ’s previous release Chasing a Cure was a more AOR inspired effort, this album brings its amps set on 10. As a matter of fact musically this release has more in common with their Light It Up release of 2009. The line up of guest musicians is extremely impressive as usual. Here are just a few of the artists who appear…
Seann Nicols (Adler’s Appetite/Tarsha)
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z’ Nuff)
Chris Dickens (Mission of One)
Lynn Louise Lowery (Vixen)
Tony Mills (TNT)
Louis St. August (Mass)
Richard Lynch (Saint)
Jerry Johnson (Saint)
JK Northrup (King Kobra/XYZ)
Whether it's the initial single Stretch Armstrong or Whack a Mole or the catchy title track this album rocks. A lot more grit and bite is evident which carries with it a lot more power and strength this time out.
One of the more impressive elements here is the original acoustic demo of the track Sin, featuring the late Jani Lane (Warrant). A very impressive bit of musical whimsy that seems almost haunting ominous considering the subject matter and the time of Lane’s passing.
Many fans have been waiting for LNJ's double disc The Cigar Chronicles so why is this release now coming? Justin Murr of Liberty ‘n’ Justice has this to say about the release… “We recorded so many songs for our yet to be released 2 CD project entitled ‘The Cigar Chronicles’ and with the delay on this release not happening until 2013 we didn’t want the fans to have to wait that long to get some new LNJ in their hands. So when Bill and Roxx Records approached me and asked if we had anything else up our sleeves we could release, we realized we had to many songs that were not all going to fit on ‘Cigar’ so we took the 6 songs that we couldn’t fit and then recorded another brand new song which is the title track ‘Hell is coming to breakfast’ especially for this release and added 5 more previously unreleased rare cuts and demos just for this one, I am really excited for our fans to hear this collection”
Hells Coming to Breakfast should be a quick grab for fans of quality hard rock with a distinctive 80’s flair. Grab that leather jacket and faded denim jeans one more time, but leave that aqua net at home. This 8 axe affair is well worth the investment.