When it comes to capturing a specific sound and era of modern rock, there’s no harder itch to scratch than that mid-‘00s wave that came with Green Day’s American Idiot and lasted half a decade at best. Other noteworthy acts from the same wave would be My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore, but for the most part, those bands have either gone on long-winded hiatuses or have completely changed their sound. Thankfully for fans hankering for that niche to be filled, Jane N’ The Jungle is rising to the occasion and their latest single “Raw As A Jewel” couldn’t be a better example of what the current rock scene has been missing.
From the start, “Raw As A Jewel” shows itself off as something unlike anything out on current rock radio stations. There’s been a sore vacancy of rock groups with female lead vocalists out there as of late, but thankfully Jane N’ The Jungle couldn’t have chosen a better time to arrive. Tapping into that previously-mentioned mid-‘00s style of Paramore, in particular, with lead singer Jordan White’s distinguished, powerhouse vocals feeling like an homage to Hayley Williams (as well as Heart, among others), there’s an instant freshness about the group. As the production of the band taps into that sweet, crystal-clear pop-punk production that fans of the aforementioned bands and eras will love, there’s a defined sense of nostalgia in the songwriting as well as reclamation. The scene never died, and Jane N’ The Jungle isn’t letting go just yet.
After forming and releasing their breakout EP Ocean Creatures only earlier this year, Jane N’ The Jungle has been hard at work devising their next plan of attack; returning to Pearl Sound Studios in Detroit with Chuck Alkazian (Producer; Pop Evil, Soundgarden) the band have wasted no time developing their sound even further and beginning their next step forward as a band. “Raw As A Jewel” is a knockout confirmation of their songwriting prowess, but there’s plenty of fun still to be had from the band in the future. There’s beauty in the re-emergence of punk, rock, and pop-punk happening within the music industry right now, and Jane N’ The Jungle deserves to be within the mix without a doubt! I could even see them opening for some of the pop-punk and punk-rock godfathers that influenced them if they’re able to keep going at their current velocity!
“Raw As A Jewel” marks a landmark continuation of a rambunctious, rock ’n’ roll start for Jane N’ The Jungle, and with the rock landscape being as ready as ever for new blood, the timing couldn’t have been better. It’s something new mixed with something old, and the mesh of nostalgia with a glimpse into the future of what rock music is on its way back to is a perfect distillation of what Jane N’ The Jungle has in store for future releases. “Raw As A Jewel” is a refreshing dip back into the mid-‘00s sound that you can’t ever quite leave.
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