CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

May 2004

The Jennys Caught In My Net

It's great to see some of the current bands still flying the 60s garage flag. Back in the mid-80s there was a ton of them (Stems, Nomads, Lyres, The Sick Rose, Thee Spirals, Chesterfield Kings, Backdoor Men to name some of my faves) - what we use to call '60s/80s' bands - so you could safely say that The Jennys are a 60s/OOs band. Doesn't have the same ring about it as 60s/80s but their music certainly does. People who don't 'get' bands who play this sort of music might think the production cheap or 'lo-fi' (now there's a description that wasn't around in '66!) but the quality is probably exactly what the Jennys were aiming for - simple and unadorned and, apart from the vocals, just a few overdubs, if any. The Jennys formed in Brisbane in 2003 (featuring current/ex members of the Hekawis, Shutdown 66, Busymen, Magneto Whores and Super Friend Tuffs amongst others) and, according to their bio, they are a five-piece (vocals/guitar/keyboards/bass/drums) who play 'moody garage, gremmie surf and folk rockers'. Moody garage is a very apt description, especially in regard to the vocals. Rather than the usual screaming, snarling garage style, singer James Pearce puts in a low, breathy casual performance that works better on some tracks than others. This eight tracker titled Caught In My Net is the Jennys second release and is the follow up to I Joined A Teenage Sex Club. The copy we got sent has a crab on the front cover and it took a couple of listens for it to get the claws attached to the disc player for many a late night perfecting the Frug. thejennys

Not sure what 'gremmie surf' is, but the EP is lovingly bookended by two surf instrumentals, 'Cohiba' and 'Dial P For Pleasure', featuring the keyboard prowess of Jane Elliot and spot-on surf guitar from Richard Buchanan. Second track 'Behind The Screen Door' is an uptempo dancer with simple yet catchy "say nothing/saw nothing" lyrics. Next up is folk-rocker 'Don't Wanna Cry' that brings New Colony Six and the Lyres to mind and is probably the most authentic of the tracks. It's a good'un. The other highlight is 'Can't You See' with it's driving music where all instruments have equal billing as they confidently punch through the song. All up, a great band looking back but going plenty forward. Ten out of Ten. -ND
contact: thejennys@bigpond.com

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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