Words: Craig Hartranft
Unashamedly, The Jokers have shown their inspiration and influence in their music over the last ten years, and now with their third album Hurricane. They channel the the mystic and vibe of Seventies music echoing Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company and others.
Honestly, it's simple for The Jokers. Guitars, groove, blues, with passionate soulful vocals. There's nothing close to modern about their sound. No harsh riffage. No hardcore vocals. No excessively d-tuned guitars. No bullshit. While a few tunes can be brisk at times, like Lockdown and maybe Salvation, most turn on a moderation, that patient groove that develops hip savvy swagger and liveliness. Those moderns looking for slick speed or forced fast heaviness, will probably find The Jokers' style lumbering. But it's the exact opposite. This is the grind and groove, swagger and passion, that comes rock n roll originating from below the belt. In the sense, Silver City, Hurricane, and Everywhere I Go deliver the goods. Admittedly, following that aforementioned lumbering cue, songs like Her Word Is Love and Run 4 Cover seemed somewhat bogged down to my ears simply not catchy my interest.
As a final point, none of this, their musical style, would probably work as well for The Jokers if it weren't Wane Parry's vocals. He's got the soul and delivery of a classic hard and blues rock vocalist. His timbre and presence add another emotional level to The Jokers sound. Simply listen to the ballad, Dream.
Hey, its all good, despite those slight earlier reservations. If liked what The Jokers have been doing so far, you will definitely dig Hurricane, true melodic classic blues-tinged hard rock. Recommended.
If liked what The Jokers have been doing so far, you will definitely dig Hurricane, true melodic classic blues-tinged hard rock. Recommended.
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