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Jumpercable

Jumpercable: EP

EP (2008)

Monkey Wrench


3
There's certainly something to be said for bands who don't fuck around, and Jumpercable fits that description with their nine-song debut EP. That's not to say a little more experimentation wouldn't have been a welcome thing, but there's enough going on here to maintain interest. And shit, it's only ...

There's certainly something to be said for bands who don't fuck around, and Jumpercable fits that description with their nine-song debut EP. That's not to say a little more experimentation wouldn't have been a welcome thing, but there's enough going on here to maintain interest. And shit, it's only 10 minutes long anyway.

EP's intro and outro are both short bursts of instrumental Sabbath-esque riffing that are well enough, but the need for an both an intro and an outro is questionable, especially on an EP with such a short running time. "Hey Lame-O, Get Out of My Yard" begins as a conventionally structured hardcore song and halfway through (and after a solid six seconds of fading guitar, which is way too much for a song that's only 1:03 long) morphs into a riff-heavy juggernaut that would probably get the kids moshing, or something.

"No Headlights" and "Real Problems" are both fun if not a bit derivative, showcasing the band's `80s hardcore influence. The double bass utilized in the latter is a little weird, but not enough to ruin the song. The driving, mid-tempo base of "9 on the Tension Scale" allow Spencer's vocals to take center stage, and his approach is effective -- abrasive, loud and throat-shredding. The raw sound of "A Week in Jonestown" is reminiscent of Rollins-era Black Flag, especially the vocally raw, bass-heavy intro.

The lyrical themes employed by Jumpercable are largely par for the course -- positivity, staying true to oneself, etc. In "Hey Lame-O, Get Out of My Yard," Spencer sings "If you make wrong decisions / You're the ones left behind / Stop following the leaders / And make up your own mind." And in "9 on the Tension Scale" he impressively rhymes 'head' and 'amends' -- "When the words become dull and empty / I'll find new ways so you won't forget me / So you won't hang your head / Make amends." I found it impressive, anyway.

Not a bad start, though I'd be interested to hear if the band incorporates some more frills into their sound on a future release.