If You're Young

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The members of the Static Jacks may be in their twenties, but they sound like they've been listening to a lot of music that's around 30 years old on their debut full-length If You're Young which follows a self-released 2009 EP, Laces. That music went under such names as "new wave," "post-punk," and "power pop" when it emerged in the early '80s from the more raucous punk movement of the late '70s. The Static Jacks retain much of the energy of punk, and a bit of the attitude, but their sound has a more polished pop tone to it. The dominant aspect is the guitar work, as members Henry Kaye and Michael Sue-Poi provide ringing, chiming tones over the propulsive drum work of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The members of the Static Jacks may be in their twenties, but they sound like they've been listening to a lot of music that's around 30 years old on their debut full-length If You're Young which follows a self-released 2009 EP, Laces. That music went under such names as "new wave," "post-punk," and "power pop" when it emerged in the early '80s from the more raucous punk movement of the late '70s. The Static Jacks retain much of the energy of punk, and a bit of the attitude, but their sound has a more polished pop tone to it. The dominant aspect is the guitar work, as members Henry Kaye and Michael Sue-Poi provide ringing, chiming tones over the propulsive drum work of Nick Brennan. Producer Chris Shaw provides guest bass playing. Ian Devaney's vocals may be under-mixed, but he comes across as a sturdy frontman, often suggesting a less irate Joe Strummer without the Cockney accent. Occasionally, specific early-'80s bands are evoked, as on "Mercy, Hallelujah," which sounds like a lost B-side by the Cure, or "Relief," with its sequenced guitar patterns in the manner of early U2. As the title If You're Young, suggests, the lyrics position the band in some of the universal concerns of youthful adulthood. They bear lingering resentment against their significant grownups "My Parents Lied". Their emotional relationships are problematic one song is called "Sonata [Maybe We Can Work It Out]," followed by "Walls [We Can't Work It Out]". And, in more than one song, they express concerns about what's to come. "Blood Pressure" contains the line "I'm afraid for the future," while opening track "Defend Rosie" declares, "I've seen the future/You'll never guess what the f*** is coming next." The Static Jacks may not be able to guess, either, actually. But If You're Young will make fans of alternative rock hope that more music will be forthcoming from the band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • UPC: 714753015524
  • Catalog Number: 30155
  • Sales rank: 220,458

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Static Jacks Primary Artist
Ian Devaney Vocals, Group Member
James Iha Tambourine
Chris Shaw Bass, Guitar, E-bow
Nick Brennan Drums, Group Member
Michael Sue-Poi Guitar, Group Member
Henry Kaye Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ian Devaney Composer
Andy VanDette Mastering
Mike Farrell Artwork
Chris Shaw Producer, Engineer
Mark Hladish Layout
The Static Jacks Composer
Heather Kolker Booking
Artie Smith Drum Technician
David Jacobs Legal Advisor
Steve Zapp Booking
Nick Palmacci Management
Nick Brennan Composer
Michael Sue-Poi Composer
Joyce Mealey Artwork
Henry Kaye Cover Illustration
Adam Kaye Management
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