Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Record label: Hardly Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
The Jacuzzi Boys' self-titled third album shows the rambunctious Florida trio growing up and cleaning up. Not too much; they still have plenty of the unbridled energy and joy that burst through the speakers like rays of sunshine. Clean enough, though, that the album might appeal to people who don't know Ty Segall from Ty Burrell. Grown up enough that the band doesn't sound like they're cutting class to record.
It would appear that Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys have blossomed into full-fledged Jacuzzi Men, and the timing could not be better. With more garage rock bands than ever clogging festival lineups and blog bandwidths, it takes a serious statement to transcend the clanging masses banging away on pawn shop guitars and caterwauling through dense walls of reverb. With the band’s eponymous 3rd LP, Jacuzzi Boys succeed beyond all expectations.
Along with Iceage and Chuck Berry, garage punks Jacuzzi Boys are receiving heavy rotation on Iggy Pop's iPod. The Miami, FL band are certainly in good company within the Iggy-approved canon, which evidently tends towards high-energy, captivating acts. Indeed, it inevitably takes a fair bit of charisma for a group like Jacuzzi Boys to stand out amidst the continuing current of garage-rock revivalism.
Over the course of two albums—2009’s No Seasons and 2011’s Glazin’—the Jacuzzi Boys accomplished pretty much everything that could be expected of a garage/punk/power pop trio called “the Jacuzzi Boys”: borderline pornographic cover art (that’d be No Seasons); 23 songs, only eight of which were longer than three minutes; and a tendency to address topics such as the benefits of air conditioning (Glazin’‘s “Cool Vapors”). It would’ve been a small but worthwhile legacy, one destined to be unearthed by the 2040 version of .rar blogs. Instead, the titular boys have decided to grow up, as evidenced by the serious-signaling self-titling of their latest album and the tightening and tidying up of their sound.
In the last six years of being a group, Jacuzzi Boys have gone through most of the archetypal "garage rock band in the early 21st century" motions. They played the Bruise Cruise, released a 7" via Scion A/V, put out records that sounded influenced by Johnny Thunders, and made a hard-to-watch video for "Glazin'" starring lip syncing vaginas. Their reputation to date comes from their rock'n'roll nuggets and solid live shows, and for Jacuzzi Boys, they pretty much threw all of that out the window.