Jack and Sally – Who We Become

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Engine Records
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://jackandsally.bigcartel.com/products
Band Website : https://www.facebook.com/jackandsallyuk/

Line-up:

Ben Felix – Vocals/Bass
Joshua Jacobs – Guitars
Prav Smith – Drums/Percussion

Tracklisting:

1. Superstar
2. Nevernia
3. Tomorrow’s Revolution
4. Long Way Home
5. Macy

 

Review:

On first glance at the band name I was thinking this band is a probably some kind of emo band with a guy and girl with a thing for The Nightmare Before Christmas. However it’s a trio of men creating pop punk. That’s a genre that only makes me think of groups like Blink 182, Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World and the flood of late 90s and early 2000s punk bands that dominated the airwaves, MTV and most teen flicks. I never was much into pop punk. Green Day was probably one of the only bands of this genre that I enjoyed the most. I am not aware of any revival of the genre though I hardly ever listen to much mainstream music nor must I, so if this is a thing happening in the scene, then many fans of the genre may appreciate Jack and Sally much more than I can.

After reading the bio and listening to the music they turned out to be pretty much what I expected. A few hipster dudes reliving their teenage years and creating the same flavour of music as their inspirations. They do not bring anything new, and while they may be from London they sound a lot like their US/Canadian influences.

The premise of the album is heartbreak loss and centred around a character Macy. She’s kind of a blank slate, she can be anyone. She really is the representation of teenagers in all their hormonal angst-fuelled adolescence. This band creates a well polished EP of catchy pop rock tunes that are great for the radio and live gigs. They have plenty of energy and a really polished clean sound. They craft a story with their music that many people can easily relate to. If I were still a teenager I think I could have enjoyed this a little more, though I cannot say I ever got much into pop punk. I did not hate it but I preferred metal and darker gothic music. They have some good dark moments and the music is technically solid. Great catchy guitar riffs and vocal hooks are delivered with simple percussion. Neverina was a personal favourite, the title alone is creative and witty. Everything works well together. The vocals and instruments are in great balance. The bass playing is tight and flows great with the guitar melodies. The final mix is well produced and clean.

I will say give it a listen. I personally will not be likely to listen to this album again. I give it a fair 3 out of 5 rating. Jack and Sally were not what I expected. I hoped it would have been a bit more aggressive and darker but that’s just my own sensibilities.

REVIEW BY

CATHRINE WENDT

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