Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Jacko Suede, an alternative punk rock band hailing from Texas that debuted last year to significant praise with their EP ‘Abandon Ship.’ Moving in 2017, the group has released their latest studio endeavor with an accompanying single, ‘Summer Nights.’ Is the tune worth having in one’s indie music collection? Let’s delve into it and find out!
Though Jacko Suede coin themselves ‘alternative punk,’ they really align more with what is typically called ‘pop punk’ nowadays. It’s a sound very reminiscent of the early 2000s, an era in which bands like My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco reigned supreme. The music has an edge to it, but it’s also very pop-oriented, which is what separates it from more traditional punk music.
There’s been a contemporary resurgence in pop punk over the last few years. The bands are filling larger venues, the ‘classic’ outfits of the era are reissuing music or going back out on tour, and groups like Jacko Suede are finding their niche. ‘Summer Nights’ is a track right in the vein of this movement: it has a pop sensibility that makes it infectiously catchy, but it’s also accented with a certain degree of angst and edge.
The production quality of ‘Summer Nights’ is excellent. For a band that’s ostensibly coming up on their sophomore release in as many years, the high bar they’re setting for themselves in the studio is impressive. The band clearly has a level of camaraderie, too, and that’s apparent in their music video, which is well shot.
Musically, ‘Summer Nights’ is exactly what it advertises itself to be. It’s well executed pop punk with good production, instrumental performances, and lead vocals. My only quip about Jacko Suede would be that their music doesn’t step too far outside of the box. I’ve heard pop punk many times before, and thus, I’ve heard Jacko Suede. Their lyricism and musical s tyle doesn’t experiment much outside of the box it has put itself in.
I’d love to see Jacko Suede try something more original than what you’ll hear on ‘Summer Nights.’ With that said, the band does do what they set out to do very, very well. ‘Summer Nights’ is a good pop punk track, and it’s arguably better than most of its counterparts that come across my desk each week. The band is only just now coming up on their second release, so there’s certainly room for them to grow in the future. They’ll be worth keeping tabs on.