The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Track 4- My Kite
Track 5- Amusement Park
Four Italian kids under the mantras E-King, Penguinsane, litteladle and ThEdOg team up with a Grammy-award-winning producer and release a great funk-rock EP. That’s the story of newly Austin-based band Piqued Jacks.
The Jacks take the highly syncopated funk feel of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and infuse some good old rock & roll on their EP, “Just a Machine.” It doesn’t take long to see just how talented the Italian boys are. “Blackie” is a blazing fast, funky rock track infused with a machine-gun-like bass riff and an infectious poppy chorus featuring some really tight harmonies.
“My Kite” is a gorgeous piano driven song that crescendos into a full-on power ballad that sounds destined for a movie soundtrack, especially during the unforgettable chorus that shouts the cadence “The Ocean is Wide” over bright, cutting guitar sounds.
The band has been making a lot of noise in the Austin, Texas area, and it’s easy to see why after listening to the EP. These guys have some serious potential.