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JTT: JTT [7-inch]JTT [7-inch] (2012)
Secret Pennies

Reviewer Rating: 3


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The new self-titled 7" from JTT manages to hit many sweet spots at once. Folksy without resorting to folk-punk clichés. Throaty like Dropkick Murphys without the Irish heritage fixation. Lil bit of a Replacements vibe without blatantly ripping off the Replacements. In other words, it sounds like a d.
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The new self-titled 7" from JTT manages to hit many sweet spots at once. Folksy without resorting to folk-punk clichés. Throaty like Dropkick Murphys without the Irish heritage fixation. Lil bit of a Replacements vibe without blatantly ripping off the Replacements. In other words, it sounds like a drunk-punk, but it talks about things other than being A) drunk and B) punk.

"Collapsible" opens the four-song set, and it's arguably the catchiest of the tracks. It's one of those "I gotta fly straight" kind of songs, something that's hammered home by the oft-repeated chorus: "Won't wait around here forever." The band fires off with just the right amount of desperation, selling the song. It renders the other A-side cut, "Letter Home," almost forgettable through sheer exertion.

The B-side switches the winners around. "Lies" is another solid punky country tune, but it's the bluegrassy stomper "Anonymous" that lingers. The bass drum beats out time as guitars tear themselves apart, all while the vocalist shreds his voice asserting "Wear the scars the best you can / Hold them up and make your presence known." While the 7" ultimately proves uneven (two clear winners, two pretty OK tracks), JTT still shows a lot of promise for this Oregon act.

 

 
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rabbit (December 12, 2012)

oop post edit.... it was secret pennies records, not lauren records. whatever, check em both out. shameless advertising might be frowned on but it's really great to see small distros still exist. i just wish we had a scene more like that here in london, i'm totally fucking uninspired by the UK scene as a whole.

rabbit (December 12, 2012)

i really like this record, bought it on a whim from lauren records cause i like a lotta the other stuff on there and haven't regretted it. lies is a really great song. look forward to a full length from these guys - though i will say that it's a little bit... not monotonous but definitely sticks to one formula. would be cool to hear them stray a little from the distorted vocals, mid tempo songs that make up this ep - though for 4 tracks at least it definitely doesn't lose its charm.

abolitionist (July 3, 2012)

Great record & awesome live band. Looking forward to a full-length!

RobertWells90 (July 3, 2012)
RobertWells90 (July 3, 2012)

Hey, for the record there's actually nothing to regret -- JTT just stands for all the band members' names (Justin/Tucker/Todd), or potentially Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Definitely not Just The Tip. I put out this record and just wanted to get that out there! Also, the frontman's name is Justin Groft (I imagine you found the other guy from looking up another band actually called Just The Tip). Haha, hope this important detail makes this seem like a slightly better release for everyone.

Thanks for the otherwise sweet review though!

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