Single Review: 'Hammerhead' by Jarpsy
Following on from their EP ‘The Come-Up’, which dropped at the back end of 2018, local indie boys Jarpsy have given us a taste of their future sound in new single ‘Hammerhead’.
For a song with a perhaps an aggressive sounding title, ‘Hammerhead’ has a curiously chilled vibe to it.
There’s some nice jaunty lead guitar in there, coasting over Jack “Shorty” Johnson’s vocals.
It is definitely a tune for a road trip playlist, sitting back at the wheel as you eat up the miles.
Jarpsy are part of a suite of new break-through indie bands in the north-east and the Houghton-le-Spring outfit have put in some graft over the last two years since they formed, playing various venues in Newcastle and Sunderland, including several at their seemingly spiritual home The Independent, gaining a loyal band of followers en-route.
Having listened to their back catalogue, as well as the new release, I can see how some of their influences such as Foo Fighters, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Royal Blood have seeped into their music. The one issue I have is that there is not much to separate Jarpsy from their fellow indie groups that are jostling for position on the local scene.
‘Hammerhead’ itself is case in point, it’s a perfectly decent track, well put together and the lads obviously have some skill, but it lacked a fizz and a hook to make it memorable. Compared to some of the tunes on their EP released last year, it is certainly more on the mellow side.
Jarpsy describe themselves as “the lovechild of the high-velocity, hard hitting impact of mid-2000s indie rock, and the stadium-filling choruses of timeless classic rock”, but those punchy adjectives were missing from ‘Hammerhead’.
It felt like it was happy to reach third gear and then stay there, but from what I have heard of these boys, they are more than capable of reaching fifth.
I won’t take anything away from the artwork though - the concerned looking dog chewing on a towel did crack a smile.
Jarpsy play the Head of Steam in Newcastle on November 29th. Hammerhead is available now on all streaming platforms.