Introduction: The Jettison Commitment (TJC) is a local band here in London Ontario and in four years have finally released their debut EP entitled ‘This Changes Everything‘. The sound of TJC is heavy throughout, no doubt about that, but TJC has some light and very memorable moments aswell with very intelligent and talented bass playing and writing. ‘This Changes Everything‘ is a very balls to the wall album. After the intro track, correctly named ‘Intro’, you are subjected to a magic carpet ride (of metal…) for the duration of the next five song misadventure.
Good: The first “song”, ‘Cuts Hurt Kids‘ shows us from riff one what TJC is here to do. Heavy guitars, fast drums, beautiful bass work, and the two tones of great vocal work and screams mingle almost perfect. This opening track is TJC showing you their hand of cards. Almost every style explored in this one song is revisited in some way on every other track. On purpose or not, it makes a great opening song.
On that note, one of the shortest songs I’ve heard ‘Satin Finish‘, clocking in at a whopping two minutes and ten seconds, is the last song on this album and makes a huge impression with one of the dirtiest riffs, one of the catchiest lyrics, and one of the heaviest moments in recent listening memory. One listen and you will understand, though you will need more then one listen to take it all in.
If you are a musician you will eat this CD up. Every single instrument is in battle all song long for your ears. Everything is so tight and solid. You will enjoy alot of what this CD has to offer. My personal favourite is the vocal melodies that litter each song. The screams do everything they need to do, but fail to reach the fun in which the singing provides. You will find yourself singing each vocal moment. I guaranty you.
Bad: The whole track, for what reason I do not know, ‘The Tide’s Rising‘ just doesn’t fit quite right. It seems it’s lacking the ‘TJC‘ style polish that makes each other song unique. It has some very good moments, but has some problem areas. It has a very awkward pause in the song that I am not a fan of, the whole song seems like it was written as an open canvas for the guitars to show their talents. They do a great job but it doesn’t seem like the full ‘TJC‘ experience.
The intro is left to be desired, also the beginning of ‘Double Rye & Coke‘ seems like it could use some extra polish.
Conclusion: Overall the CD has a great sound and really shows the talents of all the gentlemen involved. At it’s short length of six songs (including the one intro) this is a great adventure that I highly recommend to people of all styles. There is a little something for everyone in this CD. TJC has really found their sweet spot and I can’t wait for the full length, when the day comes.
Check out their myspace and take a listen for yourself and pick up the CD while you’re over there. Message them for more info.
The Jettison Commitment’s ‘This Changes Everything’ gets 4 play throughs of ‘Satin Finish‘ out of 5.
September 2nd, 2009