Review Summary: A teaser of their long-awaited ska-dominating potential.0 of 1 thought this review was well written
It’s been nearly 5 years since the release of their popular debut ‘this machine’ and with only a snippet of a track released since then, this has definitely been one of the most highly anticipated underground albums in modern ska-punk.
The self-defined ‘brass packed ska punk turbo jazz’ band have certainly delivered. The Calm is the energetic, skank-worthy sounds of the first album, and then some more.
The EP kicks off with re-mastered teaser track Start Listening (which was first released in 2009). It’s motivational lyrics and lively guitar and trumpet intro is authentic TJBC style.
Skeleton Key and Back To The Future are both feature their popular politically charged lyrics but these tracks have a tighter, more intricate instrumental side showing off the advanced and refined talents they’ve been working on since the last album. What’s more, the powerful lyrics are illuminated by lead singer Lank’s fantastically controlled vocal range and the impressive backing harmonies.
Going up in smoke is one of their most unique sounds yet; the combination of the piano intro and a deeper, jazzier saxophone gives the listener a reminiscent feel of old-school ska with a modern twist. It’s different but it works.
This EP is nearly everything it needed to be; excellent quality, advanced musical techniques, new edgy sounds and the same ska-punk energy but fans may be disappointed that after 5 long years since This Machine, they only released a 4-track.
I would go as far as saying this album is one of the best of modern ska, even if it is too short. It’s a great reminder that The JB Conspiracy mean business and I’m excited about their next release.