Monday, May 21, 2012

Jump Ship Quick-Where Thieves Cannot Tread

Punk Roxx Records / Thumper Punk Records

Jump Ship Quick are a Colorado based punk rock band featuring former members of Focused and Ultimatum. Their debut album, "Where Thieves Cannot Tread", was produced by Five Iron Frenzy saxophonist “Jeff the Girl” (aka Leanor Inez Ortega Till) and mixed and mastered by Masaki Liu (Five Iron Frenzy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Echoing Green and The W’s). While the promo suggests bands like NOFX (sure) and The Crucified (really?) it's more likely you'll hear bits and pieces of bands like 7 Seconds, The Ramones, S.N.F.U., The Dead Milkmen, Jawbreaker, Gorilla Biscuits, Agent Orange, Pennywise, Sloppy Seconds, Gang Green, Dayglo Abortions, Green Day, early Sum 41, Murphy's Law, Youth Of Today, Zero Boys, D.R.I., Descendants/ALL, Street Dogs and Bad Religion. So, if you look at that list and the first thing you think is "that's a lot of old school punk, pop/punk and hardcore punk love going on" your right. This one sounds more mid-eighties then anything else and, if it wasn't for the politically charged lyrics, it could easily have slipped in unnoticed among my high school tape collection. How politically charged is it? I mean seeing as I was Anarchyboy long before I was a responsible father of two why wouldn't this sort of punk rock co-exist in my tape collection? Well, while it is straight edge and political it is probably not want your thinking. This isn't your typical anti-government/anti-authority punk rock we're talking about (which is what a teenage Andy was all about!). "Not My Fault", for example, is a number that preaches personal-responsible in a world where we can blame anything and everything (our parents, public school, movies, music, etc) for our problems. What a radical concept! Taking personal responsibility for our actions! Wow! Meanwhile "Killing For Convenience" (which by the way reminds me a lot of "Killing the Innocent" by ex-The Crucified guitarist Greg Minier) is a pro-life number. Again, having a number that addresses the butchering of unborn children is certainly not your typical "punk" topic. It's not likely that either number will go over well in a politically correct world, but it's obvious that Jump Ship Quick could care less. I give them props for standing by their convictions and not bowing to increasing public pressure to conform to a certain mindset. Jump Ship Quick offer a nice alternative for those seeking quality punk rock with a positive message. Sure the band are bound to cause waves and wrinkle more than a few feathers, but isn't that the true spirit of punk anyway? Isn't punk about standing by your convictions no matter what society thinks?

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