Just a Faze,The Jumpkicks
“The Jumpkicks are an aspiring punk rock band from Brisbane”
Every band starts somewhere, for The Jumpkicks, that is playing gigs where they can and releasing a 9 song EP online. Although they don’t exactly have the best equipment for sound recording, it hasn’t stopped them from recording a good sized EP. No beginner starts with high end gear, so no one expects a crystal clear recording; for a punk rock band, the way they have manipulated their equipment has allowed them to create a similar sound to other punk rock bands.
The first song on their EP is ‘Just a Faze’. This song, like many of their others, is a punk rock/reggae (ska) song. A main characteristic of this genre is the high electric guitar on the off beat, typical of a reggae style, in some sections of the piece, mainly the introduction and verses. The reggae feel in these sections help to create a very relaxed feel. The rough vocals, distorted guitar and drums keep the feel centred towards punk rock. The elevated tempo and aggression in the chorus and some aspects of the instrumentation has the ability to create a sense of tension; they care about the person and doesn’t want them to waste their life, which would be the sort of tension they were wanting to convey. In the chorus they say “I hope you follow through” and in the second verse they say “I feel like such a jerk cause I know what I did hurt,” showing that they care but there is some sort of conflict.
The style and structure helps to convey that they accept that everyone goes through stages, or phases, of life and everyone’s different. “It’s just a phase that you’re going through and I wont tell you what to do. what you do is what makes you, you.” The chorus clearly states what they want you to get from the piece. The message is something that everyone can relate to because everyone goes through phases in life. People often try to convince everyone that they aren’t going through a phase but you know that they are but if you don’t show that you care they will just get annoyed at you.
I think this is a good example of a Ska piece because its contrast between the Reggae and punk rock styles, as well as having relatable message. However, this is not a style I have a large interest in so this song probably wont find its way to one of my playlists.