“F.Y.H.T.”, short for “find your happy thought”, is the invigorating new single from North Carolina’s Run Home Jack, a rock band formed as a passion project in 2017 by its key members vocalist and guitar player Jersey Neese playing alongside powerhouse drummer Harold Godwin. The single release from their soon to be released second EP Part 2: I Tried is accompanied by the band’s first video clip, an energetic depiction of the band’s current lineup performing along with guest Wes Lauterbach with the sort of abandon any rock fan hopes for from a band. The package deal of the single release and video will capture a lot of new fans, undoubtedly, for this North Carolina unit and greatly increase their profile. I think that’s a beautiful thing.
It’s beautiful, as well, how the handful of musical strands running through this tune merge with such impressive effects. Though I am sure the song was thoroughly rehearsed and plotted out before being committed to recording, “F.H.Y.T.” crackles with the kind of chemistry I’d expect from veteran rock bands rather than a group that’s only been playing together since 2017. The sparks thrown off of this performance and the utter confidence Run Home Jack exude suggest that the musicians entered the studio with a firm vision of what the song needed; it doesn’t sound like a track requiring rethinks or multiple revisions.
It’s difficult to measure what sort of impact the musical guest Lauterbach, a member of another North Carolina band Lowborn, has on the track except that his contributions certainly don’t diminish its value. Lauterbach’s talent is unquestionable, however, as anyone familiar with his writing and Lowborn’s music will attest and he meshes well with the other musicians. Jersey Neese’s charisma and vocal skills, however, carry much of the day for Run Home Jack. He brings a ferociously passionate approach together with a surprising shot of emotion coloring every line, especially the chorus. He sings in an unbridled style, but always exercises a degree of control over his performance that helps further shape the song for Run Home Jack’s audience.
It’s a telling modern touch how the arrangement focuses on delivering punchy riffs and dispenses with time tested elements of rock music like the obligatory traditional guitar solo. Run Home Jack, instead, aims to hit listeners right between the eyes with a warm chunky guitar sound and pulverizing yet intensely rhythmic percussion patterns engaging me physically from the outset. “F.Y.H.T.” brings you into their musical world from the first, veering from percolating verses into a blasting chorus along with an intense bridge, and newcomers will be hard pressed to find many flaws, if any, with Run Home Jack’s approach.
The new single poises the band to earn status as one of the rock genre’s most promising young outfits. Instead of serving up a dose of the familiar for fans of the style, I think “F.Y.H.T.” finds its footing with some nods to tradition given an uniquely individual spin separating them from the pack. It’s an excellent way to discover Run Home Jack and, as an early taste of the aforementioned second EP to come, promises the new release will elevate them to a higher level than they have hitherto known.