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THE JET 65 – Dirty Water [single] and Brother [single]

| 1 November 2012 | Reply

Label: self-released
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, you can hear the swamp in The Jet 65’s debut  singles Dirty Water and Brother.

There’s no bassist in the band, just drums, guitar and voice, giving proceedings a gloriously lo-fi swampy and bluesy feel – though with very little similarity to the White Stripes/Black Keys formats.

Vocalist Kenny Alexander reminds us of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger – if Kroeger swigged moonshine and had balls. His voice is raw and emotional, locking in tight with the guitar lines and ringing true.

Guitarist Paul Marko (Gasoline 67) lays a foundation of acoustic guitar on Brother before peeling off riff after riff and a rip snorting solo, while drummer D J Ridick keeps everything in check.

Dirty Water is louder – featuring a huge riff which Marko plays with restraint and feeling, a short acoustic breakdown in the choruses and another killer solo.  One look at the video clip for this song (link here) will tell you much of what you need to know about the band – it has small town rockers made good stamped all over it.  Think rusted cars and wide open spaces, dark old barns and bullets.

Also available is an acoustic version of Brother, which shows them capable of injecting a bit more of a campside southern vibe into their raw rock template.

Both are great songs and we’re hoping for a full EP or more from The Jet 65 soon.

You Tube video clip of Dirty Water

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