REVIEW: Jaya The Cat – A Good Day For The Damned

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Our Drop This world tour of emerging acts makes its latest stop in the city of Amsterdam with up-and-coming punk fusion outfit Jaya The Cat. Their myriad of European and US influences means you never really know what to expect with these guys, so the release of their latest album A Good Day For The Damned was an offering we simply couldn’t miss checking out!

With 15 tracks to get into, these guys don’t waste any time in pulling you into opening track ‘Wine Stained Futon’. The opening ska-inspired guitar and drum lines are an absolute treat to listen to when paired with the almost choral ooh’s and aah’s. When the stream of consciousness style of lyrics kick in, you can tell almost instantly that you’re in for a good time. Their hard-partying themes and a touch of self deprecating humour for good measure are a perfect combination; when you consider this and the fierce little solo at the end that serves as a sort of musical exclamation mark, you’ve got yourself a pretty kickass song.

This is followed by ‘A Rough Guide to the Future’; right off the bat, this is an example of how wide ranging Jaya The Cat’s eclectic style can go. The faster and harsher use of the guitars, coupled with the grit and ferocity in the voice of lead singer Geoff Lagadec, seem a little closer to traditional punk. However, there’s a deliberate sense of confused genre in a lot of the record’s songs, which only contributes to the image of a wild, booze-altered night out, at the end of the day. One of the smallest but most clear communicators of this fun-loving style are the background vocals, which make it appear like everyone’s singing along.

The album’s first single ‘Sweet Eurotrash’ is a whirlwind tour of this upbeat spirit. A celebration of the classic rock-n-roll lifestyle. While it seems a little simplistic at first, before long the band get into the groove doing what they do best; telling wild stories and having fun doing it.

This style of spinning fascinating and off-colour stories is also brilliantly shown in tracks like ‘The Palm Reader’s Face Looks Shocked’ and the quirky by name, quirky by nature closing track ‘Drunk Balloon’. It’s a representation of the almost effortlessly endearing style and musical diversity that has skyrocketed Jaya The Cat over recent years, and that makes this album a must-listen.

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