There was something so infectiously catchy about the chorus in Jet Black Alley Cat’s single “Dangerously Cool” that I had to hear more. Thankfully, they just released a new EP so let’s see if they can catch me with any other tracks as they did with “Dangerously Cool”.
JBAC starts this album with the title track, “Mad Disco 70;s Lovers”. Although just a quick intro at under two minutes long, this track definitely sets the stage for something dramatic and powerful to follow. There’s a mood in this track. It’s almost a bit sad and mysterious but also so full of power. It had me thirsty for something. I wasn’t sure what, but I have a good feeling that JBAC knows just what I need and they are about to give me that and then some over the next five tracks.
That fateful track that got me hooked on this band to start, “Dangerously Cool” is the second on this album and I instantly fell in love with this band all over again. This track is somehow both drenched in heartbreaking emotion but also filled with a dancey beat that will bring a smile to your face as soon as their infectious chorus hits. Although this is definitely a big soundtrack, there’s something a bit dreamy about the way it’s presented. I’m not sure how to put it into words but you’ll hear it when you listen to this amazing track.
“Radio Stars” brings an undeniable sense of swagger and attitude to this EP. Still dancey and still infectious, there’s just a little more of an edge in this track that I honestly didn’t think JBAC could pull off but they do it so perfectly. Honestly, nothing about this track should work as well as it does. A slow and steady drumbeat, 80’s inspired guitars, soaring vocals, wailing guitars– it’s just all a lot and the sound should be muddy but JBAC keeps their sound crystal clear just like on the first two tracks. It’s amazing and definitely a stand-out on this album.
After a quick interlude aptly named “A Lover’s Interlude” that really showcases the vocals power of this band, the album moves into “Paralyzed”. “Paralyzed” starts with a super dreamy soundscape before the band brings in their infectious beats and crystal clear vocals. There’s something a bit slower about this track compared to the first few. There’s almost a sadness or intrigue felt in the vocals that is expressed in every word so expertly. Although more of a cliche love song than I typically fall for, this song, like everything else JBAC does, is irresistible.
“Ready For This” closes this EP off with a bang. A powerful intro leads into the more standard JBAC indie-pop-dance sound. Honestly, this track reminded me a lot of “Dangerously Cool” as far as the catchiness but there’s a sense of emotion in this one that seems more comparable to “Paralyzed”. JBAC has a sound that is seriously arena-ready and this track is proof of that. I’ll be honest, I was worried that this was going to be one of those cases where a band had one great song that hooked me but then the rest of their material let me down. This was not the case for JBAC and I was left in disappointment as “Ready For This” ended and my house was quiet again.
My Favorite Track(s): “Dangerously Cool”
For Fans Of: Arena-Ready Sounds; Jumping on the train a little too late; Dancing
Mosh-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid right by my desk; Autumn paced around my kitchen
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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