Review: The Jumping Juvies – Laddy-O
On September 9th, The Jumping Juvies released their new EP, “Laddy-O”. The Juvies’ sophomore album balances the energy of their punk mentality with fantastic production value courtesy of Drexel Studios. Simply put, “Laddy-O” is 20 minutes of garage rock greatness.
The quality of the band’s new release makes one believe that The Jumping Juvies have done nothing but hone their musical skills since the release of their first EP in 2014. Given the limited attention span of most listeners, opening their album with “Paulie” may seem risky, but over the course of the song’s runtime, every band member is allowed to shine, and The Jumping Juvies do a fantastic job of establishing their sound. This track in particular reminds me of the “So Divided” era of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
The track begins with a fantastic riff by Mike Juck that makes me wonder if he worshiped at the alter of the Buttonhole Surfers circa “Independent Worm Saloon”. Distorted vocals by Jamie Martinez that seem inspired by “Goofy’s Concern” add to this allusion. The stops over the chorus create a powerful dynamic when compared to the chugging nature of the verse. Lyrically, this song could have easily become trite, but never does thanks to an interesting and relatable perspective on employment.
I may be wrong, but I think this band might be a fan of The Red Hot Chili Peppers. On a personal note, I really enjoy it when a band puts the song’s genre in the title. The Jumping Juvies elaborates on their funk influence on this track, but they still incorporate a strong driving bridge which seems to be a signature of the band’s sound. “Funk Machine” is a nice change from the rest of the album, and it harkens back to the band’s first release.
The album concludes with my favorite track, “Planes To Baltimore”. The prominent role of Andrew Hight’s grimy bass tone is wonderfully fitting with the song’s angry narrative. Jamie’s vocal dynamics also elevate this song; he delivers melodic lines followed by screaming the word “insane” with a maniacal tone that even Black Francis would envy. Like any piece of quality art, every aspect of the band’s sound works to the song’s central concept of insanity.
If you’re a fan of garage rock, check out this album by The Jumping Juvies, and do yourself a favor and go see them live.