Fresh New Jacuzzi Boys

jacuzziBeen staying away from the rockers as of late, but I can’t ever get away from listening to Jacuzzi Boys. This new jam opens with a vocal working atop a jagged guitar in the background, maximizing pop sensibility. Just after the 1 minute mark hits, the drums jump into the party, creating a buzzy bit of pop rock that’s sure. Imagine a huge wall of sound made up of everything you love at the moment, and that’ll pretty much sumup this jam of a track. Look for their new album, Ping Pong, to hit on October 28th via Mag Mag, and an Austin show on 11.2.

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Another New Jam from Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi_Boys_Edited_2Just a short bit ago, we had a scorching rocker from Jacuzzi Boys to announce their new EP, but now they’ve settled into a different groove for their new single, “Sun.” This one’s got more of a chilled out vibe at the start, like you’re sitting on the patio relaxing after a day on the Miami beach (where the band is fun).  Still, they employ their hooks with a rocking chorus and a more emphatic closing to stick with the band’s penchant for rocking out.  Pretty sure this tune’s a hit. Look for their Happy Damage EP on September 18th via Magma.

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Listen to New Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi_Boys_Edited_2I love the Jacuzzi Boys, especially when they admittedly go back to their roots and just bang out good old fashioned rock n’ roll.  They’ve just announced the Happy Damage EP, which is set to be a representation of the band’s return to their original form, writing songs meant to be banged out boisterously by a three-piece rock act.  The first listen is perfect; it’s noisy in all the rock places, but had this punishing groove beneath it.  You can even catch a video of the band they recorded for this song as they traveled about the States making new friends; it’s HERE. Look for the new EP on the band’s own label, Mag Mag, this Fall.

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Show Preview: Wavves @ Antones (10.10)


Date Thursday, October 10th
Location Antones
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $20

So, if I were going to have one complaint about ACL, it would be fairly minor; it would be that the punk rock genre is fairly underrepresented at the fest.  Sure, we have FIDLAR, and maybe Parquet Courts, but by and large, we’ll miss my favorite genre. But, ACL knows how to do things right, as they bring you a killer rock n’ roll show from Wavves over at Antones.  The wily bunch of beach rockers will be accompanied by two of our other favorite acts…Jacuzzi Boys and King Tuff.  It’s going to be a noisy night filled with slamming into your neighbor, spilled beer, and an over all sense of joy.  I suggest you hit this gig up.


Download: King Tuff – Bad Thing [MP3]

Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys

JacuzziBoys_LP2Rating: ★★★½☆

I feel like I’ve been waiting for some time to hear the new LP from Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys.  But, while it’s only been a short two years since their last release, the boys have been touring hard and writing the great songs that fall into this self-titled release on Hardly Art.  It’s full of infectious pop tunes and harmonies that appear to be a foray into a more pop-centric realm.

“Be My Prism” opens the record with this really warm pop feeling; it’s an emotion that serves the song and the album well.  I think the guitar might be a little understated here, though, leaving the melody as the big focus.  But, that seems to be the early approach on Jacuzzi Boys, as they move into “Black Gloves” with the same mentality.  The guitars are a little more pronounced, but there’s still a huge focus on the harmonies the group has created.  Personally, I think this is one of my favorite tracks on the LP.  By this point, the band’s settled into a groove that they ride for the duration, using the guitars to accent their beach pop.

Right after the lead single, “Double Vision” comes another great song that I’ve been partial to as I’ve spent time with this LP.  “Dust” is this drifting pop tune that seems as if it was thrown together haphazardly (I mean that in a good way).  It’s so casual and unassuming, but the ringing guitar effect and the vocals do wonders for my ears. It’s not a tune I expected, which is perhaps why I find it so incredible…all the way to the fuzzed guitar riff near the end.  It’s a song that fits well with “Heavy Horse,” a song that Jacuzzi Boys offer you later in the listen.  The latter tune even includes extra bits of percussion to bring the warmth of the melody further into the fold. There’s hints of swagger in the guitar, but you can easily see yourself enjoying a nice Miami beach sunset and a cold beer while this tune echoes in the distance.

While you can still feel the edge of the band that was apparent in Glazin, this release has a totally different appeal.  This effort seems more geared to a relaxed listen, rather than a beer fueled beach party.  The songs are gentler, leaving a calmer pop feeling to soothe you, rather than one that’s built on propulsive hooks.  For me, I think that it might not be as immediately charming, though the more listens you put into it, the more you’re ultimately rewarded.  If you weren’t completely sold on Jacuzzi Boys, then I think this release is going to change your mind, making you their new biggest fan.

Fresh New Jam from Jacuzzi Boys

Jacuzzi_Boys_Edited_2Man, I’m getting excited by a lot of the releases coming out this summer and fall.  One of my highlights has to be Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys; they’re one of my favorite live acts too.  They’ve been quiet, relatively speaking, since releasing Glazin, but they’re prepping a new 7″ single for July 9th (via Hardly Art), which means their anticipated 3rd LP is just around the corner.  This track has a steady flow to it, calmly delivering warm guitar parts to match the vocal delivery.  I’d say there’s a fair bit of restraint in this tune, showing some growth from their last LP.  Definitely perked my ears up!

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SXSW Preview: Jacuzzi Boys

It’s almost impossible to believe that SXSW is already around the corner.  Almost.  Things get crazy busy around these parts with planning a party, interviewing bands, and mapping out some semblance of a schedule for the week.  At times we all forget that this aint about getting wastey on free booze, but rather “about the music man”. I hope you’ll pardon my lame attempt at an introduction to this post and simply take note and listen to Hardly Art’s finest Jaccuzi Boys.  Follow the jump for more. Read more

Show Preview: King Khan @ the Mohawk (2/4)

Date Saturday, Feb 4th
Location Mohawk
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $11 from Frontgate

Rock n’ roll season is clearly upon us, and Mohawk is kicking things off the right way.  They’ve got one of the best live acts around coming to town Saturday night with King Khan and the Shrines taking to the stage.  We haven’t really heard a lot of new stuff coming from the camp, but their catalog is worthy of endless sets of straight out jams.  And if that wasn’t good enough, the most excellent Jacuzzi Boys will be starting your night out the right way, fresh off the release of their album, Glazin on Hardly Art.  Come on folks, get out and get rad.


Download:King Khan & The Shrines – Torture [MP3]


Show Preview: Jacuzzi Boys @ Red 7 (9/23)

Date Friday, Sept. 23rd
Location Red 7
Doors 900p
Tickets Tickets @ the Door

Hopefully you’ve had a minute or two to recover from ACL, or from avoiding ACL, whichever way you see fit, but it’s time to get back into the swing of things. One of the many great shows this weekend is the Jacuzzi Boys, fresh off their release of the excellent Glazin record for Hardly Art.  It’s full of catchy garage pop, the sort that never fails to keep your feet tapping and your head bobbing–maybe even a bit of old school pogo.  It’s going to be an energetic little punk show, so you gotta get out there.  You can all catch, The Act Rights, Elvis, and The Early Stages kicking the show off.  I’ll see you there!


Download: Jacuzzi Boys – Cool Vapors [MP3]

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