When I first heard the song, “Ready to Roll” I thought I might have found a stellar new rock act to hit the scene. Canadian Rockers Jet Black Stare sure seemed to start on the right foot with this good, rocking track. This was the first song that I heard by the band. This cool new tune and the ultra cheap purchase price factored into me buying this CD.
I was hoping that more songs would follow the hard rock style of “Ready to Roll” on this disc. For this listener, In This Life starts off on a high note, and continues to taper off as the songs progress.
Jet Black Stare seemingly tried to follow the modern rock style of Nickelback, in fact, Nickelback’s drummer Daniel Adair plays on several tracks on this CD.
I totally understand a young band trying to create a sound similar to Nickelback. Whether you like them or not, Nickelback is one of the most successful rock bands in this decade, so with that in mind, it makes sense that Jack Black Stare tries to follow in their footsteps. I am not a big fan of this style of modern rock, so it has a minimal amount of appeal to me. I prefer to hear rock music, where the lead guitarists aren’t afraid to play solos. Too much of the guitar work on In This Life is drowned out by the bass and rhythm guitar.
The songs on In This Life aren’t unlistenable by means. There are a few cuts that are worth checking out on this disc including “Ready to Roll”, “I’m Breathing”, “It’s Over” and “The River”.
I believe that Jet Black Stare has a lot of potential, but they need to try to find their own sound and quit trying to be a copycat act. In This Life wont get a lot of repeat plays by me, but fans of Nickelback ought to give them a chance.
For more information on Jet Black Stare, check out their myspace page.
1. Ready To Roll
2. I’m Breathing
3. In This Life
4. Every Moment
5. It’s Over
6. Rearview Mirror
8. I Won’t Let Go
9. Poster Princess
10. The River
11. Next To Me
Jet Black Stare is:
Rod Black – Lead Vocals
Flip – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Muselman – Guitar, Vocals
Shane Hayes – Bass, Vocals
Dan Swinimer -Drums, Vocals
If you want to check out some new rock that will not break the bank, Best Buy and Amazon.com has a great deal for you this week.
Island Records recording artist, Jet Black Stare is releasing their debut album, In This Life for a mere $5.99. That is a hell of a deal for a new CD.
In This LIfe is out in stores today!
Island Records’ newest band Jet Black Stare blasts their way onto Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock radio with their first single “Ready To Roll,” in advance of their debut album, IN THIS LIFE, in stores July 15th.
Underscoring the pre-release excitement already being generated by Jet Black Stare’s “Ready To Roll,” the song and another JBS track, “It’s Over,” were tapped for the 15-song soundtrack of EA Sports’ sales phenom NASCAR 09 video game, set for June 11th release in PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 formats. In addition, “Ready To Roll” has been chosen as the official theme for this year’s 21st annual WWE Summerslam pay-per-view event – always one of the wrestling year’s biggest ppv draws – originating in 2008 from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17th.
In the midst of all this activity, Jet Black Stare will wrap up a cross-country tour of their native Canada next week with State Of Shock and Econoline Crush. After a one-week break, it’s back on the road in Texas, for shows with Saving Abel (five cities); then with Shinedown and EndeverAfter (three cities). Please see all tour dates below.
Jet Black Stare – singer/songwriter Rod Black, guitarists Flip and Dave Muselman, bassist Shane Hayes, and drummer Dan Swinimer – were formed last year when Vancouver rock band veteran Black hooked up with songwriter/producer Jeff Johnson and the songs just started flying, more than enough to fill up IN THIS LIFE.
One of them, “I’m Breathing,” is rooted in Black’s skirmish with death after a near-fatal car crash at age 19 as a “flat-line patient,” actually pronounced dead. “But,” he says, “the next day I woke up! The doctors and nurses were astonished. Four hours later I walked out of the hospital and went to work.” What he realized after that was essentially his purpose in life, “to do music, and to reach as many people as I can, and hopefully, bring a positive message.”
You can hear the band’s first single, Ready to Roll, at this link.