Desperation is the mother of all the inventions… or something like that. Either way, when done right, and the person knows how to not get drown but instead get back into the surface and fight, the need of overcoming an obstacle helps us archiving and creating new things. Case in point, in a male dominated world as it’s the case of Rock N’ Roll, those few women that fight by bringing their frustrations, angst and big talent, they also brought something new into the mix. The punk rock of, say, The Sex Pistols or Iggy Pop isn’t the same as Joan Jett nor the rock of The Who or The Rolling Stones isn’t the same as Janis Joplin. And don’t get me wrong, not trying to put on a fight or anything, all those artists and bands are unique on their own way – but there are a few textures that women always bring into everything they touch on music.
Jet Lag Super Drag by Last Chance Riders is a great rock album in the same vein of Jet, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilot.
“Downright Disgusted” kicks off the record with a brazing energy comprised of pumping guitar riffs that helps and gets elevate it by the massive vocals of Jessie Albright. The album switches tempo back and forth, but it never lose its esteem and even on the “quiet” moments like in “Barricade”, the band still brings their A game to the table.
Perhaps the only thing that stops me from going outside and proclaiming this to be the greatest rock and roll album of all time is the fact that sadly the record never hits the same highs as the first two tracks but rather slows down as it progresses, and while the music is still catchy and the lyrics are engaging, there’s still a need for a perfect balance.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, Jet Lag Super Drag by Last Chance Riders showcases the talent of a promising band that just like Greta Van Fleet or Rival Sons, are bringing some of the power, high-octane vocals that made of Rock such a special genre that is not willing to die with the changes. Hopefully as they mature more and more, their sound will do the same and we can get the album we deserve from this band and that they are more than capable of giving us.