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Jack and Sally

Who We Become

Review by Gary Hill

While the band's name might suggest that the group is a duo, it is actually a trio from the UK. Not only that, but there is no Jack or Sally in the band. Instead, it's made up of Ben Felix (vocals and bass),  Joshua Jacobs (guitars) and Pravir Ramasundaram (drums and percussion).  This EP shows off a sound that lands in the mainstream zone, but is firmly rooted in punk and hard rock schools. Whatever you call this, it's very effective. I'd definitely love to hear more from this act. They show a lot of promise.

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Track by Track Review
Superstar
A melodic, echoey sort of mode brings this into being. The first vocals come in over the top of that arrangement. The number powers out to sort of a grungy post punk sound after that opening movement. The guitar solo break brings more of a pure hard rock vibe. They power things upward as they bring it back into the song proper. They drop back to a vocal dominated section that is a bit punky before bringing the 1970s hard rock to bear with a lot of style from there.
Nevernia
There is a real punky energy as this powers out. As they bring it into the main song structure, this has a real hardcore punk goes mainstream vibe to it. I love the guitar sound on this, and the pounding drums really drive it. This is high energy, meaty and yet catchy. This definitely earns a parental advisory. They drop it down to a more melodic bridge mid-track. It still maintains hard rocking sounds, though. It fires out into more punky stuff from there.
Tomorrow’s Revolution
While this starts a bit fierce, it works to more mainstream rock sounds for the verse. This gets some punky edges as it intensifies from there. The cut alternates between those sounds. This is take no prisoners rock music.
Long Way Home
A much more mainstream tune, this has some catchy hooks and meaty sounds.
Macy
Piano brings this tune into being. The vocals come in over the top in a balladic way. After the first vocal movement a rocking element appears in a somewhat subtle way, hinting at what is to come. Vocals are heard over that surface before the cut breaks out into more serious hard rocking zones. It's a bit punky, but definitely mainstream at the same time.
 
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