Love Jupiter is back with their 2014 release “1967”. Overall Internet presence is slowly taking shape as I learned a lot about them even before I hit play. “1967” marks the band’s third release and follows the same format as last year’s critically acclaimed debut “Love Jupiter”. Influences include: The Afghan Whigs, Fugazi, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Cocteau Twins, Failure.
Matt Adamec – Vocals, Bass Michael “Chickie” Ciulla – Vocals, Guitar Bob DeRienzo – Drums Mark Goetz – Vocals, Guitar
The EP hits the deck running with a series of strong powerhouse songs “Andrea Doria”,“I Can’t Touch You” and ”Castle.” These three tracks are somewhat reminiscent of Soundgarden, White Lies, The Wombats, Blur, Peter Murphy. The guitar/drums/voice combo are well paired with his songwriting skills makes for a rather strong culmination of skill sets. The feel of these 3 openers are dreamy yet thick nonetheless. Lyrics and music are very well thought out/put together. I was instantly hooked to keep listening. Subject matter is equally tied to musical setting and delivers well-crafted vocals and emotional tranquility. Equal parts heartfelt emotion and soaring guitars, Goetz paints images in creative, yet relatable ways. It’s evident to the ear that much time has been invested in crafting each song to stand on its own, separate from the next. The overall mix dynamics offer everything you would expect. Track 4 “Boom! (1967) is an interesting track. All songs refuse to sound like a bare-bones PC recording, or even a vintage live performance. This contributes to the overall impact of the song. As I made my way from start to finish, there is a near-extreme tonality that was definitely palpable but unorthodox in nature for the vocals. However the voice of Goetz is brilliantly unique in this regard. God broke the mold when they made his vocal cords. All songs moved well – constant and similar in consonance. Most certainly Goetz and company have a knack for crafting imagery and instrumentation to complement his vocal style, which made it so surprising there was such little use of minor and dissonance. Vocally I think he is for everyone – however if you can appreciate art for art’s sake he’s close to groundbreaking. Though not overly distracting, his voice was indeed likeable but will fail to completely fit within a mainstream audience.
Overall, this is a captivating glance at Love Jupiter.” It was an absolute pleasure to get into the mindset of a somewhat frustrated urbanite like Goetz, and listen to what he was trying to tell the world. Some pieces will hold a place in my fascinating and dark play list – when I really need it. Goetz I feel is a real master at bringing together all the flavors of many different musical styles and genres. All the while making all of them his own. He is armed with great writing, a brilliant creative mindset, and powerful message no doubt many will agree with.
The music of Love Jupiter is highly contagious and will no doubt evolve over time into something more professional. All of this makes Love Jupiter a welcomed and unique band in an overly cut-and-paste industry.
Download “1967” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1967-ep/id881984270