The Jailbirds highly anticipated sophomore EP, Jungle, is a collection of 5 songs each unique in their approach to the subject of depression, anxiety and substance addiction, but cohesive in their theme. Songs like “Dull My Brain”, and “Watery Grave” bring charisma and energy to the fore as they tackle substance addiction. Whereas tracks like “Jungle” and “I Will Move On”, are dark and gritty but hopeful in their lyrics and melody as it delves into the topic of anxiety and depression.
Jungle, when listened to front to back, is a linear story. The tracks on the EP plant the listener firmly in the shoes of a person struggling for conquest of their own mind; their life has become a duality of love and hate. Step by step (song by song) the listener learns the story of a person battling self and substance, constantly shifting in their resolve to overcome their depressive and anxious mind.
In this follow up record, calling up inspiration that spans across multiple eras and sounds, The Jailbirds have created a potent blend of Hard Rock, and Modern Rock that is at once both nostalgic and fresh.
CREDITS: Producer/Engineer/Mix: Matt Grady Dull My Brain mixed by Brian Moncarz Coproduced by Myke Penney Mastered by: Robert Nation Recorded @ EMAC Studios, London Ontario Canada Written By: Myke Penney, Liam Hills Management: Snareguy Records Music Video: Red Truck Pictures Record Label : Golden Robot Records Organ and Keys: Patrick Fockler Drums played by: Eric Parent
Bringing Jungle to a close, “I Will Move On” is a song about defiance in the face of adversity, and gaining the confidence to keep going, living alongside your anxieties, depressions, fears and insecurities. Loud and aggressive guitar tones, soft and crisp acoustic/clean guitars, powerful drums, eerie vocals and chilling harmonies blend together to create a feeling of bottled emotion now released. The verses are haunting and the message is clear; we struggle. But the message in the chorus is equally as clear; we persevere. No matter the struggle, we rise up to meet our demons. One day, one step at a time.
As the seconds tick in, Jungle roars to life with “Dull My Brain”, a track equally as upbeat and energizing as it is desperate and frantic. It outlines the person’s battle with substances and their decision between depending on it, or despising it. With classic rock inspired guitar riffs and 80’s hard rock style vocals “Dull My Brain” is the tangled and beautiful foundation of Jungle’s story; the love-hate relationship between depression/anxiety and addiction.
Watery Grave is the second last and most stylized song off the Jungle EP. The track plays off the previous theme of “All I Need”, where, when crossing the sea to a better place, the love the character thought he knew, turns out to be menacing and hurtful. The song portrays this twist of love with the story of a Sailor and a Mermaid; a person who is addicted to loving someone who keeps hurting them. The track culminates with a violent realization that the Mariner had been led too far out to sea. The woman he thought he knew had lured him to his Watery Grave.
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