In a scene flooded with jangly indie-pop The Jones Rival are a breath of fresh air for the Sydney music scene. After teasing us with their raucous single, ‘Jumpin’ Frog’ they have returned with a debut EP jam-packed with sharp guitar licks and snappy vocal hooks that at times sounds akin to Kings Of Leon circa ‘Youth & Young Manhood’.
The Jones Rival kick off their EP with,‘Cults’ which barely lasts for two minutes but comes in hot and fast with guitar riffs and the raw vocals that ignite into a haze of garage rock. Their garage roots are revealed in their other lead track off the EP, ‘Busted’ which sees the pace and vocals drop away as the The Jones Rival bring out some howling guitars and punchy drumming. However, The Jones Rival are not just pretty faces but are capable of slower, more sensual songs such as,‘Ketamine’ with its irresistible bass-line. The best moments of this EP is the second half of ‘Ketamine’ as we see a more experimental side of The Jones Rival with their psychedelic breakdown. Although, at times The Jones Rival lose their way as their production falls through as it does with ‘My Aim’. Throughout the EP, The Jones Rival have slammed in catchy lyrics with abrasive instrumentals, creating a cacophony of sounds that take you on a sonic voyage into the free-ranging minds of the band.
An exciting EP for a new act that will surely take the Sydney scene by storm with their raging Garage Rock as it sweeps away the indie boppers.
You can stream their whole EP below:
You can also catch them this entire month at the Oxford Art Factory FOR FREE! Their dates and who is supporting them is below:
Sat 2nd – Teenage Hand Models (SYD)
Sat 9th – Soviet X-Ray Record Club (QLD)
Sat 16th – Black Springs (SYD)
Sat 23rd – Whipped Cream Chargers (VIC)