Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Jarvis Humby – Assume the Position, It’s Jarvis Humby! (Hard Soul, 2004)

It’s 1964 again! Over-amped guitars, some killer swirling organ, and a super-retro feel, but this band rocks like crazy. Jarvis Humby is a garage rock band that pays homage to the classic days of British R&B and Nuggets type psychedelic rock. They’ve been getting a lot of airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio via Little Steven’s Underground Garage which is where I heard the group for the first time. While there really isn’t anything original here, but the advantage the band has over some of their rock and roll contemporaries is that they are in on the joke and have a sense of humor about the music they’re playing.

Songs like “99 Steps to the Sun” and “Majestic 12” mine their psychedelic roots, particularly the latter which is about a UFO investigation the U.S. Government set up in the 1950’s. Blasting rockers are well represented as well, with tracks like “Ain’t No Friend of Mine” and “Man With the X-Ray Eyes” crank things up to eleven. If you’re a fan of the classic garage psychedelica and regret that they don’t make ‘em like that any more, you’ll love this disc. It’s one of the most unabashedly unpretentious and fun CDs to be released in a while.

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