Jarcrew
Jarcrew


4.0
excellent

Review

by fogza USER (29 Reviews)
February 20th, 2021 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Engage forward movement and sweatiness. The lyrics don't matter.

Flip on Jarcrew's self-titled. Instantly, you're a spy, and you're being pursued down the high street of a small Welsh town. Comic book style framing of faces; eyes widen; a foot race ensues. You've gained a little - you catch your breath with your back to the corner of wall. And then someone jumps on a stack of acrylic paint tubes - you're caught in a post-hardcore rainbow money shot mural. Opener mission accomplished.

Jarcrew's members hail from a miniscule town in Wales. After getting an enthusiastic underground following, things started to happen - they even got some funding to re-master their debut, and embark on a country wide tour. Typical of interesting bands, they imploded. Front man Kelson Matthias joined the brilliant Future of the Left, and that was that.

They left behind this little shapeshifter of a record. There's a fair bit of screaming, but it doesn't sound angry - more like a bratty trip on energy drinks. The front five tracks smash you like synthetic pina colada filled balloons, but in the chaos, they easily morph into snippets of great pop. Two minutes and some change into 'Defacto Symphony', and they shift up from a noisy bed jumping party into the best Strokes song you've never heard. The single 'Paris & The New Math' is just pure dance punk designed to get you to mumble the insanely catchy hook as a mantra before diving into rearranging your cupboard after twelve months of organisational paralysis. 'Boy Wonder’ sounds like Britt Daniel being flattened by a runaway organ. Any bystanders engage in a dance-off afterwards.

As much as I love this album, I must admit there is a potential sequencing flaw. 'Bill Carson', presumably named after the Western guitarist (I did not know the strat was designed for him!), slows everything down with a moody twang surf intro that drifts into a synth field, then meanders into a climatic guitar passage. It all gets a bit post rock going into the second half of the ten minute instrumental. I don't really dislike it, and a band like this needs to run wild to work. My gripe is it doesn't fit in the flow, but I could see someone else loving this divider track.

The final stretch picks itself up - still rough and tumble, but maybe just a bit slower to let your calves recover, and to show that the band also knows about horns. Closer 'Sad French Death Metal' picks up chaos thread in your listener sweater, and has the has the band repeatedly shouting the upbeat hook over moody piano keys introduced like a dance track layer (perhaps as a nod to the title?). Then they congo it out.



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fogza
February 20th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great little upbeat dance punk ditties from the past. Enjoy!

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DadKungFu
February 20th 2021


961 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember hearing Paris and the New Math back in the day and thinking it was better than average ATDI-core. The whole album is surprisingly fun and diverse. Good writeup, ty for reminding me of this band

fogza
February 20th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"ty for reminding me of this band"



np, thank you for independently confirming that this band is fun!

Demon of the Fall
February 20th 2021


18627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hang on, Jarcrew wasn’t even in the database? Eh. Nice work here fogza.



Admittedly I haven’t heard this, but I believe they have some sort of connection to Future of the Left which means I’m instantly intrigued.

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fogza
February 20th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Kelson was the front man of jarcrew, and he was obs FOTL's first bassist and co-vocalist

fogza
February 20th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In retrospect I should have chosen a FOTL record he was actually on in the recommendations

Demon of the Fall
February 20th 2021


18627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah that might have made more sense, haha. Is there no way of editing these things?

fogza
February 20th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is and I have...

Demon of the Fall
February 24th 2021


18627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah this has some fun ideas. However it feels awkward in places and doesn’t flow particularly well. The haphazard approach to sequencing sort of works up until ‘Carson‘ kicks in, latter half is very inconsistent and at times, borderline clumsy.

At least DKF liked it more, making me feel less guilty about the rating. It’s hard scoring stuff with so few ratings.

fogza
February 24th 2021


932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shot for giving it a go though...

Demon of the Fall
February 24th 2021


18627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was always going to because of the FotL connection. Thanks for reminding me it existed. Good review!



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