They haven’t got the most ambitious creative palette
New Jersey’s The Static Jacks haven’t got the most ambitious creative palette. On first listen, they’re the high-school band who never grew out of playing Green Day covers. On second listen, you hear a note of Anglophilia, but sadly only the sort fostered by playing tour support to [a]The Wombats[/a]. Opener ‘Defend Rosie’ careers in with all the grand impressions of a discarded [a]Alkaline Trio[/a] B-side.
It’s hard to ignore the conviction that permeates ‘If You’re Young’; the charitable might find themselves supporting these underdogs striving hard with limited tools. By the tremendously mundane ‘Relief’, though, even a saint’s charity would be tested.
Simon Jay Catling