I was becoming more and more piqued (feel irritated or resentful) as I listened to this album repeatedly, searching for something, anything (an excellent album by Todd Rundgren) that would move what I heard into words.
What I kept hearing was flashbacks to other bands and other eras, and that is not a bad thing. As I listened to Piqued Jacks new album, Synchronizer (not to be confused with the Central Scrutinizer by Frank Zappa), I kept trying to put my finger on what I was hearing.
I searched through my musical brain’s dusty neurons, and I touched on an oldy goldy from the past, Trooper. The opening track from Synchronizer is Golden Mine, and it opens with a great guitar riff that reminded me of Trooper. As the album spooled out, I heard elements of more modern bands such as Ferraro.
Having said all that, I do not want to leave the impression that Piqued Jacks have plagiarized anyone else’s music. I do not think that. What I do believe is this, I believe the Piqued Jacks probably listen to a variety of music, and from that listening that have gathered bits and pieces together and created a fine album of their own that sounds like Piqued Jacks.
“Synchronizer” is the third LP by Italy’s Piqued Jacks; recorded at both Esagono Studio in
Rubiera (RE), Italy and in England, alongside three of Britain’s top producers: Julian Emery
(Nothing But Thieves), Brett Shaw (Florence + The Machine) and Dan Weller (Enter Shikari).
Synchronizer is the first LP for Piqued Jacks under the INRI label. It should be the first one in your playlist this weekend.
Piqued Jacks – Fire Brigade
Also available on iTunes for your listening pleasure.