CD REVIEW: Love Jupiter - 1967 (EP)
by: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Tool, Radiohead, Beck, The Afghan Whigs, Fugazi, Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie
Brooklyn based Jove Jupiter just released their latest EP (1967) in 2014. The EP is a continuation of a narrative that befell several men inhabiting Love Jupiter’s debut album (Love Jupiter), but it’s the story of one man - The Man in Flames - a ghost tied to this earth as he traverses time and space on a mission to reunite with his beloved. Dare we say, it’s a concept EP. Band members include: Chick Ciulla-vox, guitars, Mark Goetz-guitars, vox, Matt Adamec-bass, Bob DeRienzo-percussion. Tidy, neat, and compact, 1967 is a distilled storyline, an artifact from a bygone era, and a perfect release for our times.
First up Track 1 “Andrea Doria” serves up an enticing guitar ridden groove meshed against hypnotic lyrical content, strong melody and impressive heartfelt vocals from Goetz. This intro track sets the tone rather well for an unpredictable yet rocking EP like this - I especially like the melodic finale of this track. Track 2 “I Can’t Touch You” shifts gears a bit with it's methodical intro that gradually builds into a passionate yet psychedelic rock statement complete with impassioned vocal presence and a dynamic musical flow that is borderline brilliant. Track 3 “Castle” serves up yet another superb track with thought provoking lyrical content that floes and ebbs it's way through to emotional fruition. As these songs slowly unfolded I could hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Radiohead, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, and Death Cab for Cutie. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock, with a slight aftertaste of Progressive Hard Rock and trippy Psychedelic ambinence that is unpredictable and emotional. The songs themselves are addictive, eccentric, fascinating, and very interesting - all reflections of the band. One can't notice intellectual, passionate and powerful subject matter delivered between the spoken word, with a heavy dose of raw truth and bi-polar vocal emotion. The musicianship from all members are rock solid across the board. Goetz and company showcase rock solid production instants throughout. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like thick low end beats and rhythms, impressive sampling, synthetic sound effects and lush harmonies. Goetz is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist within his own right and he is no doubt the musical mastermind behind this band. Goetz has amazing power, control and intensity throughout. Equally as impressive is the how he makes each song his own making a distinct and strong (singer to listener) vocal connection. Goetz has an appealing timber and crisp, sharp baritone and takes many impressive vocal risks throughout each song. His voice sounds in the vein of Maynard Keenan (Tool) and Greg Gulli (The Afghan Whigs.) The songs themselves are reckless, progressive and packed to the hilt with raw intensity and lyrical content straight from the neurotic psyche. Goetz's vocal style works with respect to this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. What I like most about the music is its intensity, intellectualism and consistency. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences, never too winded, never to short. All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. To hypnotic “Castle” to psychedelic “Boom! (1967) this EP has something for just about everyone. During my initial research I discovered this band to be a very hot topic live around the region - another big factor to consider when evaluating a band.
I wish there were a few more solo segments present. I also wish I hear a few more blood curling screams from Goetz. I also typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full-length release is a more complete snapshot to judge an artist or band by at any given point in time.
In close “1967” by Love Jupiter is a highly original, somewhat unpredictable and fascinating musical experience from start to finish. Although it's primarily alt-rock based you never know what's coming round the corner with this band. The music is fresh and highly entertaining. Its strong suit – its amazing vocal presence and impressive songwriting finesse by this band led by Mark Goetz. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and captivating and somewhat dark and unprecitable. All these songs have a ring of truth to them . Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Love Jupiter are a surging New York band for many reasons armed with a brilliant perspective an amazing voice to inspire your vivid imagination. Need I say more?