Sea Of Tranquility

The Web Source for Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal & Jazz-Fusion
  Search   in       
Main Menu

JAWW: South Bound

You've just gotta love self-produced, self-promoted music. When a band takes it upon themselves to do all the work that record labels do, as well as taking on the financial responsibility for the success of an album, you can believe that they have some great deal of faith in the music they are making.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on South Bound, the debut album from the Canadian band Jaww. It's an aggressive, smart, ambitious album with more emotion on each track than most bands put on a whole disc.

Jaww has accomplished something truly noteworthy here: in the relatively small space of a single album, they have created a sound that is uniquely and unmistakably their own. The strangely dissonant, oddly-tuned strings, the bombastic rhythm section and the incredibly resilient vocals of Doug McLarty combine to create a sound that is obviously them from the first note. Countless bands with dozens of albums under their belts can't make this claim.

Although there's not a terrible variety in the tempo and mood of the songs - they're all pretty much equally fast, mean, and crunching - the songs are consistent in their tight composition and capable delivery. Lyrically, many of the tracks seem to deal with frustration with religion - and who can't relate to that?

Some of the great moments on South Bound include "Smokescreen" with its ultra-fast opening and catchy chorus; "Sacrifice", which features some very original rhythm changes; and the ending to "Numb", the final track. After a false ending and a minute of silence, we're treated to an unnamed, very original instrumental bit with stacatto starts and stops aplenty.

Jaww is an example of the purity of music; living, breathing proof that the best music doesn't appear on MTV or on bigtime movie soundtracks. Rather, it's very likely to be found in your own city.

You can order a copy of South Bound directly from Doug for $10. Write to him at:

Jaww c/o Doug McLarty
1576 Queen St. W.
Box 30
Toronto, Ont. Canada M6R 1A6

Added: January 1st 2004
Reviewer: SoT Archives
Hits: 2220
Language: english

[ Printer Friendly Page Printer Friendly Page ]
[ Send to a Friend Send to a Friend ]


[ Back to the Reviews Index | Post Comment ]

2004 Sea Of Tranquility
For information regarding where to send CD promos and advertising, please see our FAQ page.
If you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.
Please see our Policies Page for Site Usage, Privacy, and Copyright Policies.

All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all other content Sea of Tranquility

SoT is Hosted by