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EP REVIEW: Not Another Playne Jayne - Not Another Playne Jayne (EP)

By: Cyrus Rhodes


 "Not Another Playne Jayne rocks"






Artist: Not Another Playne Jayne

Album/EP: Not Another Playne Jayne (EP)

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://www.facebook.com/NotAnotherPlayneJayne

Genre: Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal

Sounds Like: Soundgarden, Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Alice in Chains

Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Song: Alibi, Beaten Down, Reflections

Weakness: EP Release


Not Another Playne Jayne is a Denver, CO-based rock band (originally from MI) that specializes in a somewhat dark, yet redemptive sound, while utilizing a wide variety of complimentary styles and techniques. Not Another Playne Jayne currently has 2 core members: Stephen Jayne- Vocals, Adam Stewart- Vocals. Other guest musicians include: Steve Shelhart: Guitar and Bass, Nate White: Drums.


The EP kicks things off with "Blind Lead the Blind” a slamming rock groove that serves up sonic vocal intro, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred guitar attack and foreboding vocal presence from Jayne. Track 2 keeps things rocking with “Beaten Down” a dynamic yet melodic follow-up piece that serves up heartfelt vocal delivery that flows and ebbs its way thought to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Red Sea” shifts gears a bit with a more marketable piece dishing out hooky vocal harmonies meshed against solid low end groove and a grand slam chorus. As the EP quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Audioslave with perhaps a dash of Five finger Death Punch and even Alice in Chains. The music has everything you would expect from a high octane power driven EP. The musical style refuses to be pinned down, the vocals are amazing, gritty and are deep in your grill. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a modern Psychedelic-Rock to Hard Rock aftertaste. Jayne's vocal style works extremely well with this style of music with its stereotypical jagged edge delivery. I might add the timing is spot on and his vocal intensity at times is off the charts. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer intensity; note for note and song for song. By track 5 the EP shows no sign of letting up dishing out many impressive songs in a row. From to my personal favorite hypnotic “Alibi” and Track 6 “Reflections” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber, this EP has something for just about everyone.


I typically don’t give 10 star ratings out to EP’s. The full length releases is a more complete musical snapshot in which to judge an artists by at any given time.


This latest release from "Not Another Playne Playne Jayne” is a solid musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the raw song for song intensity that keeps coming at you. The music is clean yet gritty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. Like a heavy weight fighter this EP packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up. Like a 1-2 punch the song keep coming at you, one after the other until you’re ready to tap out. What am I trying to say? Not Another Playne Jayne” rocks - that’s what.


Cyrus Rhodes

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