Jo-Jo

Jo-Jo

Jo-Jo

It sounds like perhaps Satan was caught during a cell phone conversation in the opening to “Blow Up,” a face-peeling tune that gets a nice kick in the ass from lead singer Billy Keaton’s thinly layered tenor. Bassist Pete Sison keeps the low end in check while guitarist Mike Lynchard chirps, chips, and scrapes bone with his gritty pickin’s. “Kill Control” starts off sounding a little like the jazzy “Birdland,” and then staggers into an unworldly chorus featuring drummer Will Hunt’s guttural call and response vocals under B.K.’s understated lead. Production on this track is The Juice, just complex enough. “Whadaysa” jumps into a quick-rap groove with the lyric “what did you say/did you say what I think you said/I got my mind on the thoughts that I thought I read” screaming out of the mix.

The insanely spiraling bass and guitar lines in “Knees” bleed into a nervous snare beat with Sison’s warped note-bending. Part skate-thrash and just a tad influenced by Kurt and Da Boys, there are more colors in this picture than your average aggro project. “Sunshine” and “Good-Bye” feature the rambling, pig-squealing stylings of Lynchard in all of its slow-grind fury. At times, the music seems to roll under its own impetus, with the band members helplessly pulled into the vortex. “Waste” is buoyed by bright harmonies and trips a little in a psychedelic vein ala Jane’s Addiction. These guys know their way around their instruments and seem to delight in the foreplay of a musical orgasm, varying tempos between sensuous ebb and throbbing stutter. Check ’em out. Jo Jo, 40 E. Spruce Street, Orlando, FL 32804

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

  • Soul Understated
    Soul Understated

    Soul Understated was a swizzle stick of jazz, funk, pop with a dash of Radiohead in the delightful DC cocktail.

  • Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu
    Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu

    That Trip We Took With Dad is the debut feature by acclaimed Romanian short film director Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu. Generoso Fierro sat down with Lǎzǎrescu during SEEFest to discuss the comedy and drama within the adaptation of her deeply personal family story for the screen.

  • Aware
    Aware

    The Book Of Wind (Glacial Movements). Review by Carl F Gauze.

From the Archives