There’s nothing wrong with having guilty pleasures. Hell, I have too many to list. However, I will go so far as to admit that I have a pretty strong addiction to really good, well-written power-pop music. Among my iTunes “Most Listened To” list, you can find tracks from Bleed America by Jimmy Eat World, both the Hey! Album and Readysexgo by Marvelous 3, Now You See Inside by SR71, and all three Motion City Soundtrack albums. There is just something really fun about straight forward, three-chord pop riffs with underlining tongue and cheek songwriting and lyrics that only break for guitar solos as thick and heavy as California fog. I can’t lie; it makes me want to do kick flips while jumping off my couch Tom Cruise-style in order to get more height on my rock-star kick.
Isn’t that the sign of a good band? Something addicting enough to make you helpless to the fact that you look like a complete tool? They are the inspiration for our singing while the car next to us dies in laughter and the reason why we fall in the show while executing a kick-ass air guitar solo. They bring out some of our most embarrassing moments while also allowing us the freedom to do as we please. It is because of that, that Jet Lag Gemini can make me want to shake my moneymaker, and care less who is watching me do so.
Riff for riff, Jet Lag Gemini is one of the tightest bands in the business. What’s more, is that this band has reached such talent levels at such a young age; two of the three members can’t drink legally at their shows. Despite their age, their music exceeds the expectations set for most pop-punk and power-pop outfits. On Fire the Cannons the percussion is tight, and surprisingly used in a very unique manner for albums of this type. Dan Diliberto’s drum stylings seem to compliment the composition of the album rather than simply show up as a tool to keep rhythm for the dramatic guitar riffs and vocal patterns. The band’s first single, “Run This City” reminds me of early All American Rejects, with a Warped Tour meets radio-friendly feel. Everyone wins right? But like most radio bands, Jet Lag Gemini doesn’t stop there. Creating a disc full of quality tracks like “Fit to Be Tied” and “Just Say How,” Fire the Cannons is a strong listen beginning to end. And I wouldn’t be shocked if these boys became the next big thing.
Look for Jet Lag Gemini’s, Fire the Cannons January 22nd on Doghouse Records.