VAINS OF JENNA introduce new lead vocalist Jesse Forte.
It was just 10 days ago that VAINS OF JENNA announced the departure of their long time friend, Swedish comrade and vocalist Lizzy DeVine. However, it’s a new day, change is now and we are proud to introduce to you Jesse Forte the new lead singer and front man for VAINS OF JENNA.
Jesse Forte was raised in Orange County California and comes from a musical back ground. He attended music school at MI, played in a slew of bands since a teenager and even admits he pan-handled on the corner playing guitar for money. Jesse says: “I am a performer first. Whether it be 5 people, or 5,000 – I am embrace that opportunity to sing and play music.” The bands newest member was born in Arkansas but moved to the West Coast at a very young age. Eventually Hollywood’s music scene came calling and Jesse started killing and thrilling crowds on the Sunset Strip.
“We first saw Jesse in 2009 when his band opened for us at the ‘Cat Club’. And he blew us away.” Says VAINS OF JENNA co-founder and bassist JP White. Jesse is unique for sure. Imagine Steven Tyler’s charisma and Chris Cornell’s voice mixed in a blender with a pair of nunchakus – and you get Jesse Forte. The bands new voice has studied the martial arts since his youth.
The Swedish rockers have had lots of success during their young career in the states. So, this was no doubt a big blow – but the band refused to lay down and die. “It’s not in my blood to stop doing what I started. I love music, I live music, and this is what I do.” Says Nicki Kin the bands key song writer and multi instrumentalist. Kin plays lead guitar, piano and has in the last year; even shared some lead vocal duty in VAINS OF JENNA. The band has lived the American dream by touring on the biggest of stages, appearing on the hippest TV shows, and gracing the pages of countless magazines. But that was yesterday, and today is a new day. “We embrace this change, and we welcome Jesse into our family.” Says the band.
VAINS OF JENNA first burst into the music world when Kin & drummer Jacki Stone were still in High School. Gigs on the weekends, rehearsals at night and school all day. Jacki says: “Thank God that is behind us, I never liked school much and had no interest to be a factory worker. I pursued music very early and have no plans to quit.” The youngest and self taught drummer has been playing in bands with Kin since they were in the 4th grade. Stone’s brother White has this outlook: “We’re not a Hollywood band or a Swedish band either. We’re just a rock band. We want to see the world. And I speak for all of us when I say – we cannot wait for the world to see us.”
The bands brand new single with Jesse Forte singing “Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead” on the MySpace. Play it now – video coming soon.
VAINS OF JENNA headline the “WHISKY-A-GO-GO” Saturday April 10th 2010 in Hollywood, California. A European Tour follows with dates booked in Norway, Sweden, England, Wales, Italy & more.
For more information, please visit the official myspace.com/vainsofjenna
I dont know what to label this style of music. It doesnt really fit into any one genre, its glam, disco, rap, funk, dance, techno, electronic and country all piled together. Its slightly weird stuff and a curious mix.
Things open with Rock with a Slam and for me it isn’t a good indication of things to come. This is verging on rock but unfortunately it has Kid Rock type rap all through it.
Looking at the track list I cant help but wonder what the idea (or perhaps lack of ideas) is behind all the double whammy song titles. Oh La La, Bling Bling and Jump Jump for example. Jump Jump is rappy and Bling Bling goes into country territory but both are annoying and naturally repetitive lyrically. While Boob Boob Booty may sound like it should be fun, this is another one that makes me want to tear my hair out with one of the most irritating ditties in musical history, although this could mean it takes off with a vengeance in dance clubs.
Sucker Punch is probably one of the better tunes on Choreography Sucks. It has a cool beat and groove that is quite catchy but I cant really find anything else here I like a great deal. Give the Radio Back is rather melodic but sickly. Sumthin Huge is probably the worst, sounding like a cross between glam and disco gone wrong. Although I couldn’t help but smirk at the corny line “hey baby dig the horny horns” and then we get a blast of horns from the brass section.
Julian Angel is obviously a talented musician, being pretty much a one-man band and he can sing o.k. and while Choreography Sucks does not completely suck, it mostly does. This really doesn’t float my boat and I can’t say I will be listening to this again in a hurry, but if you want to hear something kind of innovative and a little different, give it a whirl.
You can hear songs from Choreography Sucks at Julian Angel’s myspace page.
1. Rock With A Slam (Intro)
2. Sucker Punch
3. Sumthin’ Huge
4. Teaser / Pleaser
5. Oh La La
6. Give The Radio Back
7. Bling Bling
8. This Is On You
9. Boob Boob Booty
10. Jump Jump
11. Strip Down Vegas
12. What Goes Up
13. Sucker Punch (Radio Edit)
Julian Angel – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers and Drum Programming except:
Jesse Curse – Acoustic Drums
Cat: Backing Vocals on Jump Jump
The Horny Horns: Brass Section
Reviewed by Tania