FORMED IN Buckinghamshire, UK, in 2007, and drawing inspiration from an era when rock bands had ‘entertaining an audience’ high on their list, Jettblack aren’t afraid to get to the musical point… to unleash The Hook.
From first single/video, ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ (2010), through to ‘Raining Rock’, lead-off single/video from the second album of the same title, out now, this four-strong outfit have continued to polish their skills when it comes to delivering material set to linger in the mind.
As a result, none of Jettblack’s songs are conceived to stand in the corner; these are BIG, finely-crafted compositions with a built-in swagger, fuelled by the belief that life is short and best enjoyed right now…
Certainly, the band’s debut outing, ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’, released on Spinefarm in 2010, is ideal for kick-startin’ a night / weekend on the town, and it’s clear that the likes of ‘Slip It On’, ‘When It Comes To Lovin’’ and single/ video ‘Two Hot Girls’ have been much employed for this purpose; however, other first album tracks such as ‘Not Even Love’ (a classic ballad) and the epic seven-minute-plus ‘Innocence Is Mine’ point to a band who, as much as wishing to succeed on a purely primal level, are also deadly serious about the song-writing art, seeking to raise the bar for their chosen craft.
And with Album Number Two, the 13-track call-to-arms that is ‘Raining Rock’, it is this aspect of their repertoire that Jettblack have chosen to explore. Of course, no JB record would be complete without its more hedonistic side, and there are tracks here that push that aspect to telling effect, the likes of ‘Temptation’ & ‘Less Torque, More Thrust’ – tracks best enjoyed at volume with something cold and intoxicating close to hand.
However, from the atmospheric intro piece onwards, it’s clear that, with ‘Raining Rock’, Jettblack have shifted their melodic hard rockin’ style up through the gears, hitting whole new levels of expertise and power; this time around, the commercial songs are that much more commercial, and the no-holds-barred outings that much more likely to crack the plaster.
Simply, ‘Raising Rock’ is a big-sounding record – featuring a special guest spot from original Accept vocalist / front-man Udo Dirkschneider, and mixed by Lester Woodward (reprising his role from Album One), with the weight and detail of the production giving the material a genuine stature.
Boldly constructed and walking a fine line between the contemporary and the classic, ‘Raining Rock’ is an album that makes absolutely no concession to the half-hearted.
Following a sold-out album launch show at the Borderline in London, the band are currently in the throes of their debut headline UK tour, supported by new single/video 'Prison Of Love'; they are also confirmed to appear at high-profile events such as 'Hard Rock Hell' (December 2012) and the debut 'AOR Festival' (April 2013), whilst front man Will Stapleton will be spending the latter part of this year touring around arenas as a cast member with 'War Of The Worlds' - a major theatrical production that is sure to to raise his standing with fans and media alike.