Buy Jumps Ship - Wake Up Review



After six years of waiting Boy Jumps Ship finally release their debut album “Wake Up”. A time capsule of an album which encapsulates the melodic rock of the early 2000’s in way which unfortunately doesn’t seem quite as relevant today.

Boy Jumps Ship are an alternative band hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne with a unique blend of alternative music which includes influences of both punk and solid rock. The band consist of Si Todd (lead vocals, guitar), Jonathan Douglas (backing vocals, guitar), Jonny Rob (bass, backing vocals) and Gav Gates (drums, backing vocals). Since forming way back in 2010 the band have previously released 2 E.P’s, 2012’s “Be Good. Be Gracious” and 2014’s “Lovers & Fighters” however, “Wake up” is the band’s first full length effort.

“Wake Up” is an album aimed at pulling on the heart strings of fans as early 2000’s bands such as “Jimmy Eat World” and “Allister”. The Album opens with the mixed track “Burn”. A crunching balls to the walls rock song that sets the listener up for the highs and lows of the album. Solid pounding drums and deep crunchy guitars set the tone for the album all with solid production value. However, missteps such as the line “the kids have no respect” make the band feel older and more cynical than they should.

The album is a mixed bag. Tracks like “Night Stories”, which includes the line the album is named after, feels massively out of place on the album. The first half of the song is a slow paced effort which brings all the momentum the album has created to a halt. The band however, must realise this as they shout “Wake Up” into your ears to ensure any listeners bored to sleep in the first half are quickly woken up.

Tracks such as “Hell” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” however, are the band at its best. Solid catchy hooks witch sublime guitar and drum work. These are full on hard hitting rock tracks which showcase the massive potential of the band. These tracks as well as the “Foo Fighters” inspired “No Tomorrow” act as much needed shots of adrenaline in an otherwise confused and muddy album.

Although the band have been accused of bringing nothing new to the scene, “Wake Up” shows that when they bring their A-game Boy Jumps Ship are a match for the big boys and do what they do very well. However, there are too many tracks such as “Lost and Found” and “Turn Up the Radio” which are repetitive and unfortunately just make you wish there were more straight forward rock belters such as “Hell” to listen to.

Wake Up” shows that there is definite potential from Boy Jumps Ship, but there is no doubt that the best is yet to come.

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