Release Date: Nov 11, 2016
Record label: Virtual Label
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Jacuzzi Boys are often categorized as ‘garage rock’ and are talked about accordingly. Google a Jacuzzi Boys review, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that does not frame the review as a “garage rock makeover” in some way. This is not completely inaccurate, as the band writes simple, guitar-based songs with fuzzy bass and often absurd lyrics.
The fourth full-length by Miami trio Jacuzzi Boys begins with frontman/guitarist Gabriel Alcala imagining a feeling of intoxication from leaving the house while carrying a knife: “These days, everything’s too nice/Walk around, it’s another day/Goin’ out with my lucky blade. ” If he has an issue with things being too prettied-up for his liking, he still chose to express himself with a song drenched in a polished, edgeless sheen. And other than a stylized hint of violence, the song’s psychedelic pop exterior and trailing “oohs” leave us with no deeper an impression than a passing daydream.
After releasing three albums of rambunctious, garage rock-inspired good-time noise, Jacuzzi Boys' fourth album, Ping Pong, heads off in a slightly different direction. The trio tamp down pretty hard on their natural enthusiasm and tap into some hard rock and traditionally '90s sounds to deliver their heaviest album to date. Unfortunately, it's also their least impressive album to date.
Every time an artist dies or a band breaks up, it leaves a hole in our heart. We search for another to fill it, hoping they can bring some of the same qualities or feels that our beloved genius used to. Neil Young filled the void for some that was left by John Lennon, and Prince for Freddy Mercury. There are 20 makeshift Elliott Smiths and 100 imitation Kurt Cobains.