Review: Young Jack ‘Gold EP’ by Gina Robson
Energetic indie-rock band ‘Young Jack’ are due to release their debut EP ‘Gold’ in a few weeks time. The Hull based four piece formed in 2012 and after two years of hard work and help from Warren Records, the group have succeeded in creating a refined record and have gone on to support ‘Happy Monday‘s’ in Ibiza. Young Jack are made up of Luke Bowe (Guitar/Vocals), Daniel Higgins (Guitar), Jack Rowland (Bass) and Jack Allbones (Drums).
The EP is jam packed with catchy choruses, funky rhythms and simple yet effective lyrics. Gold has a polished and professional sound, but is different to your bog-standard indie track. Fusing indie rock with funk, and featuring a trumpet in the second track ‘Coming To Get You, it shows how the band have found their own sound but also taken tips from their influences Red Hot Chili Peppers and early-naughties Kings of Leon. The fourth tack ‘Down and Out’ has an experimental quality, due to the intro sounding similar to a sound effect button on a keyboard, which you would play with during music lessons at secondary school.
Young Jack’s next local gig will be the launch party of Gold at ‘The New Adelphi Club’ on the 30th July and are also booked to perform at ‘Humber Street Sesh’ on the 2nd August. However at the beginning of the month, the group left Hull behind and headed off to the Balearic Islands to perform at charity event ‘Ibiza Ten’s’. The group’s Madchester sound made them the perfect band to support alternative rock legends Happy Monday’s, who were the headlining performers. When talking to Hull Daily Mail about this opportunity, Bowe commented, “It’s somewhere warm and nice and we’re helping charity.”
The four-piece have also supported ‘Skaters’ and ‘The Weeks’ and have received positive reviews since their formation. ‘Ten Foot City’ magazine stated “For a group that have been together such a short time, Young Jack already have a brilliantly refined sound, which goes a long way to ensure that they are being taken seriously.”
Even with the band’s future looking bright, the boy’s claim how they’re not interested in fame, but instead want more attention focused on Hull’s music scene. When talking to The Hull Fire, the group stated “We just want to try put Hull on the map. We would obviously love to be able to live off playing music, but just playing shows and making people happy is enough for us.”
Young Jack’s funk edge and fusion of genres and instruments is a breath of fresh air in Hull’s music scene. Their genuine yet cultivated sound in their new EP has allowed them to experience some amazing opportunities this summer, which goes to show how their had work has truly paid off.
The record will be available to purchase as a CD and in digital streaming format from 14th July 2014, but if you can’t wait until then the CD is available to pre-order now at http://warrenrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/gold-ep.