This is a review of "Untitled" recorded by The Smokin Jones. The review was written by Danny Martin in 2006.
It seems this EP is soaked in past experience and endeavours, a creation of years of gigging, frequent band additions and changes, and a whole heap of direction shift and renewed vigour. So has it all been worth it?
On some levels this EP answers to the affirmative. The vocals are quirky and wistfully pierce through the butch underpinnings afforded by some clean skins and jarring fretwork. The songs are all tidily layered and rammed to the brim with harmonious guitars and atmospheric crescendos. From the rampant, car crash of “It's coming” to the beautifully harrowing “Another lifetime” The Smokin Jones have here a little gem of an EP which is rich deserts from a laboursome journey. And judging by their website have stack of gigs lined up so must be pressing lots of right buttons with you adoring public.
The flip side is are we yet ready to embrace another well-groomed, soulful indie band or is the allure of dirty garage punk still banging on the door louder? As for me, I’m not sure I can stand another indie revolution. But hey Embrace are in the middle of a bit of an unexpected renascence so who the hell knows?!