Release Date: Mar 20, 2012
Record label: Douchemaster
Genre(s): Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Gentleman Jesse & His Men have a tight grasp on what makes rock & roll good. They have the three things you need most of all to make it work: energy, attitude, and songs that make you want to sing along at top volume. Their debut, Introducing Gentlemen Jesse & His Men, was a perfectly crafted modern rock & roll album that sounded like a rollicking, good-time party classic; the follow-up, Leaving Atlanta, is more of the same, but even better -- more direct and more accomplished-sounding, but also tougher and full of fire.
Gentleman JesseLeaving Atlanta[Douchemaster; 2012]By Johan Alm; April 10, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGOn his new album, Leaving Atlanta, Gentleman Jesse continues to prove that he is one of the finest practitioners of power pop/punk currently active. Gentleman Jesse, aka Jesse Smith, first came to attention as a solo artist with his debut record Gentleman Jesse & His Men in 2008; it is arguably the finest piece of power pop/punk since The Exploding Hearts’ Guitar Romantic in 2003. Both Leaving Atlanta and Gentleman Jesse & His Men are steeped in their influences from power pop and first wave ’77 punk.
Full disclosure: Jesse Smith has served me a lot of beer. A few years ago he was a waiter at my favorite Atlanta bar, a cavernous place with a beer list the size of a small-town phonebook. I scrawled out an uncountable number of debit-card-receipt tips to Server Name: Gentleman Jesse before realizing he played guitar in the Carbonas, one of the nastier local power-punk bands, and that he had his own act.
Jesse Smith, of Gentleman Jesse, was walking through an Atlanta parking lot when he spotted a group of teenagers struggling to swap out a flat tire. A self-proclaimed “gentleman,” Smith was the kind of guy who’d help you with a flat. He was also the prime target for a mugging. Smith woke up in an ambulance — the last thing he remembered was getting clubbed in the face with a table leg.