Jacket Weather are a new yacht rocking force out of Sydney from the members of much-loved disco entity Groove City. They pack a harder punch than their predecessors, but they certainly haven't lost the groove.
Self-described as “hard as a rock, yet soft as a feather” Jacket Weather first came to our attention last year with the release of their first single ‘Go Go Boots’, which nailed the melding of funky guitar riffs and vocalist Calum Mawson’s Alex Turner-esque refrains. The trio are just about to drop their first EP Memories and their sound continues to grow stronger throughout.
‘The Girl Next Door’ has genuine explosiveness about it with hard-hitting percussion and an enthralling guitar solo from Daniel Mugridge adding to the engaging lyricism of a chorus like “You know that I want to be / Romantically / Involved with you tonight / It’s been discussed that we don’t want more / But I can’t ignore / The girl next door.”
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‘Fall For You’ continues to utilise the Arctic Monkeys-vibes to strong effect (the trio also compare their sound to Maroon 5 and Ocean Alley) as Mawson continues to delight with his vocal range, shifting effortlessly from near-whispers to echoing calls to the aforementioned uplifting choruses, stretching the lines to fit the melodies but never straining to hit the right notes. Mugridge and bassist Dan Andaloro layer with such rythmic ease as well, it’s easy to tell that the group already boasts years of recording experience.
The titular third and final track ‘Memories’ lowers the volume and picks up the pace, before introducing a contrasting set of refreshing backing vocals that once again compliment those entrancing guitars.
It must have been a big decision to venture into new territory after the success of Groove City over the past six years, with the group playing big festivals and selling out venues across the country with their ‘Groove City’s Disco Deluxe’ experience. Yet, while it’s a big shift on the surface, Jacket Weather embrace the same nostalgic throwback to the 70s set to a contemporary soundtrack.
Memories is the first of a trio of trios, so keep your eyes out for two further three-song EPs from Jacket Weather to emerge this year, as the trio continue to explore the possibilities of their sound within their continuous groove realm.
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