I am honestly still riding a high after seeing a bucket list band last night. I’ve been in a haze ever since and there seems to be no end in sight. I’m hoping that checking out some new music will maybe help me snap out of it and get some actual work done tonight so let’s see if The Jacklights’ ‘Drift’ EP does the trick.
The opening track on this five-song EP is “Beach” and it instantly lays out a great and bright pop-punk-based sound that is The Jacklights. The vocals have an undeniable energy and power to them while staying bright and fun. The first thought that popped me in my head as this track played through was 90s romcom. I honestly can’t tell you why that’s the vibe I got but I think that when you listen to this amazing opening track, you’ll get it along with fall in love with this band. I don’t know what I’m going to get from the other four tracks on this release but I really hope it’s in this vein of tender yet rocking power-pop punk.
“Cold Feet” is the second track on this EP and it absolutely keeps the energy high. This quick and punchy track was instantly a favorite of mine. Although the vocals still add a sense of sweetness to this song, there’s something just a little bit harder about the drums and the beat seems a bit more in your face from the first track. Anthemic and powerful, if only this track was more than just a minute forty. It was over in the blink of an eye and was pushed out by “Eat the Young”. Another quick and punchy track, “Eat the Young” has a more bitter tongue behind the vocals which I instantly fell in love with. Don’t get me wrong, everything about this song is still as fun as the previous tracks, there’s just a little bit more of an edge that I found absolutely irresistible.
Although the vocals are what stand out to me the most about this band, it wasn’t until “Monster Love” was playing that I found myself paying attention to the actual words. What I heard just had me falling deeper in love with this band. Like the vocals, there’s an almost innocence in some of the words but then a bit of aggression in others. This track is a great example of the perfect balance that The Jacklights have found on this front. Overall, this feels like another signature upbeat track but, read into the lyrics and you realize it’s not all rainbows and flowers.
Just when I thought this band couldn’t get any better, they finish this release off with “Cheap Date”, another instant favorite of mine. This track took everything I loved from the previous tracks, blended them together, and wrapped them up in a bow made of the best words I’ve heard in a long time. There’s optimism in this last song which lends so nicely to their playful sound. Talking about grabbing dinner at a mini-mart and wandering the streets of a new city, this song spoke to me on multiple levels and was the perfect way to end this absolutely amazing EP.
My Favorite Track(s): “Cold Feet”; “Cheap Date”
For Fans Of: Power; Poppy Vocals; Innocence With An Edge
Mosh-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the floor of the living room; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7.6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.7 out of 10
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