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Jersey
Definition
Fueled By Ramen


Everyone knows that Iím only allowed (by law) to listen to bands named after places. America, Boston, Chicago, Japan are all fair game. But since Jersey is from Ontario and not East Coast, I guess itís a shirt and not a place. Aww screw it, Iím counting it. A guy can only hear "Final Countdown" so many times.

Greg Taylor sounds suspiciously like the guy from Kid Chaos. Not from Zodiac Mindwarp, but the recent punk-with-horns-but-not-ska band. Taylor does sing more on key, which is alright if youíre into that sort of thing. The melodic rule here is carried best by the bass work of Mr. Johnny Lubera. Now if youíve heard The Jamís Bruce Foxton, you know the impact good bass can make. Thatís the school Luby is coming from. The runs are bouncy, bright and just damned interesting. Youíre hearing a whole story on those strings heís pummeling. The guitars are palatable if not ground-breaking. As a package, it does you right on the road, in the office, and curled up on the bricks behind the local groggery.

"Right To Know" throws some sparks with the universal sketchy promoter story. Great unexplored topic for a song; We rocked the show, you took the door. Youíre messiní with our lives so now itís personal. Thatíll win them large points with fellow musicians. A soft warm start to the anti-war "All Rise" breaks into a fist-pumping sing-along. It seems Jersey is putting songs together for our enjoyment rather than sheer ear noise. Itís reminiscent of Putrid Flowers minus the Broadway element. Particularly exuberant bass on this one. The well-placed "Halfway There" accepts us into the bandís camaraderie. The drumming is notably fun and Ian Blackwood is unafraid to rush it. Loneliness on the road is a theme used by the likes of Sixer on down to Metallica. This take is no less earnest. I met a rock and roll singer and saw what path to chooseÖHe said son, do it for yourself, do whatís right for you. Nice changeups are taking place within. Extra points were rewarded for including Ann Berettaís on the stereo in the lyrics. By the looks of "Institution," Jersey does seem intent on becoming a bandís band. They discuss the perils of recording, accusations of sellout and the other pitfalls minstrels face. Some indeterminate chorus sounds like, Another for the underground. Letís go to the judges for a ruling on that. Dag Nastyís "Downtime" makes for a right positive fire under your lazy ass. For the first time, I am discerning tag-team vocals. Might have been that way all week. The voices are pretty similar until stacked on top of each other there. Anyone wearing Chucks, this is the time for the jumping and pumping.

On a scale of famous Canadians: if one is Martin Short and ten is Jim Carey; Definition comes in at eight Ė Tom Green. Howie Mandel is holding steady at zero.

ó Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:

  1. Right To Know
  2. All Rise
  3. Halfway There
  4. Institution
  5. Down Time

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