Jaw Bones – ‘Wrongs On A Right Turn’

Amongst the fastest rising bands in (Thessaloniki), Greece, Jaw Bones introduce their debut album, ‘Wrongs On A Right Turn’, with its associated video, managed by Access In Music, under the Sliptrick Records label. The album follows a string of live shows, supporting bands such as Clutch, Monster Magnet, (both USA), Therapy (Ireland), The Greek Night Stalker, Planet Of Zeus and 1000Mods, etc. Lead single, ‘Ego Tripper’ was also released on video, directed by Dimitris Vavatsis.

Communication – Introing with a wah wah effect and lots of grit, an instant sense of cathartic anger, it’s a good start for a debut, ensuring memorability. Gravel encrusted promise, with plenty of raw emotion.

Disciple – A harder, heavier, more defined edge, bringing the drums forward and experimenting with some Morrison-esque vocals, it’s an intriguing combo of hard rock, psychedelia and blues tinged sounds. Leaving a lasting impression, for the powerful vocal expression, if nothing else, there’s an unusually original, inventive streak running through it, often absent at such early points in a band’s career.

Ego Tripper – Opening with a highly under-used tremolo effect, almost theremin-like, in its intensity. Enthused vocals take over, along with a blues, funk, soul section, again, rare, even in the work of well established bands. There then follows a heavier section, showcasing the full vocal dexterity present in this multi-talented voice. Carrying a proggy streak within it, this is a single demonstrating a well combined mix of genres, under the hard rock umbrella.

Don’t Bring Me Down – Another unusual intro sound, again, deviating from all preceding tracks, in its bravery, before reintroducing that Doors-esque sense, creating instant recognition and performed so impressively confidently. Increasing in heaviosity throughout, listening’s almost a psychedelic experience, in itself.

Fear, featuring Androniki Chaostar – Beautifully played and timed brief acoustic intro, before moving with total fluidity, into a harder section; it’s so refreshingly intriguing to hear. Slightly sinister edge, with an Eastern female vocal imprinting itself on the track, it’s incredibly versatile, in its approach.

Sugar Daddy – A great riff presence here, with stronger drum sections, these vocals take on a more relaxed tone. Some very tasty rhythm sections, with a bluesy attitude again; if there’s one thing Jaw Bones guarantee, it’s to keep you on your toes, never knowing what to expect. Fans of Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion will get on well with this.

The Ride To Nowhere – Returning to a classier heavy rock vibe, with a well honed power scream, to match it; a stoner essence makes itself known now. Picking up the pace alternately, till injecting a Portishead-esque feel, toning things down, intermittently, before indulging in a full-scale freak out, at the end – there’s something of a Pandora’s Box effect to ‘TRTN’. Reminiscent in places of Orange Goblin’s ‘Scorpionica’.

Should Know Better – Nice solid chunky riff intro, rapidly followed up by equally pleasant smooth vocals, creating a real listenability factor. An enjoyably chilled out track, with a noticeably catchy sound. The bass really comes into its own here, presenting a deliciously dark foundation. Such passion in the closing lyrics and another quirky ending.

Song Of The Nightingale – Gorgeously penetrative bluesy intro, exuding a movingly heartfelt vocal harmony, continuing on, through the track. Haunting finger-picking going on there, with a nice, slow, relaxing beat. A very emotional, even melancholy song, containing so much raw beauty, it just needs to be heard.

Overall – A highly impressive, inexplicably skilled, versatile, emotionally intelligent and resonant album; unforgettable, as a debut, leaving its unique imprint, deeply.

8/10 ********

For fans of psychedelic, stoner, prog, blues, funk and soul, alt, cross-over, combo and sub-genres. Specifically, The Doors, Paul Weller, The Jam, Orange Goblin, Jon Spencer’s Blues Explosion, Portishead, Kyuss, ZZ Top.

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