Jelly Shot - Suit Yourself
Reviewer: Karim Chami - 2012-09-05
Highlights: Katy J, The Jam
Good ol’ blues is what this is all about. Well not sure if it’s that good but it is blues or bluesy rock to be more precise with lightly distorted rhythm sections and solid drumming to back it up. As a first Impression this young band from Kuwait have what it needs to play good music and each member is good at what they do. Now that we got rid of the basic ingredients needed to make music, I have to say there’s still a long way to go.
To begin with, the production is not bad yet not very good. It’s fine for this EP but it should be enhanced on their first full length. The EP imposes a certain mood with the first track “Cork It” that prepares the listener for what’s coming ahead. Each album should have a mood that accompanies it and this EP certainly has it, but I feel like the tracks are somehow uninspired but that’s not to say there are no good moments, the instrumental as the title suggests “The Jam” being one of those solid moments where the band blend blues and rock appropriately, add to that a solid groove that gives you a decent jam session that “could” be revisited on my speakers in the near future. The slow tempo plain blues tracks like “Katy J” and “Dust Storm Blues”, if played with some more feeling could make you enjoy a drink on one of those lonely nights at home. The singer sounds restrained on the slower tracks where a little more attitude could be added to create a better mood. The highlight of the EP for me was the drumming that wasn’t stuck to the blues rock cliché drumming and actually added the hard rock intensity which is a welcome feature to the up tempo tracks.
All in all, this band has a lot improve but they have a great chance to record a good album if they spice up their songs with more attitude, better production, clearer guitar sections, chill spinning solos and better thought vocal melodies.