[19 August 2014]
PopMatters Assistant Editor
Springfield, Missouri musician Casey Jack makes the kind of guitar-driven music that aspiring teenagers the world over hope to put to tape. His music is best described as guitar pop with a sharp dash of fuzzed-out punk energy. Casey Jack, his debut LP, features the sort of instrumental lineup quite common to many of the early ‘00’s rock revival outfits: guitar, bass, drums, and some grungy vocals. But rather than go straight for the jugular, Jack employs a keen ear for pop in constructing these tunes, reining in what otherwise might have been full-on rock assaults to their simplest, catchiest cores.
Jack, who wrote much of the music for the album in Chicago, says to PopMatters, “I wrote most of this album two years ago not really knowing if I was going to be able to do anything with it. Now that it’s out of my head and in other people’s ears with a little help from my friends, I couldn’t be more stoked.”
Casey Jack is out through Rough Beast on August 26th.