Abi Flynn (vocals/keys), Chris Miles (guitar), Caleb Auwerd (bass) and Mason Ostrowski (drums) are Fossy Jaw. The band recently released a very impressive self-titled EP Fossy Jaw. The band has been playing for about a year and are really ahead of the curve. They sound great. The band is creative, in the pocket and have undeniable chemistry.
The instrumentation itself is fun in an almost early Pavement, Yo la Tengo type of way. It’s loose like they aren’t trying too hard with some very inventive things happening along the way. The cherry on the top is Flynn; her voice fits indie pop like this. She has similar sensibilities to Frankie Cosmos.
They open with “Don’t Mind.” The song is an addictive gem. It’s the type of song that gets better with a couple of plays. Luckily, the album is full of comparable songs in terms of quality. It also doesn't hurt that the production is rock solid and just about perfect for the type of band they are.
I wasn’t expecting a long form song but that's what I got with “Hard One” which goes a little past the eight-minutes. It’s a dynamic song and the band rocks out quite hard. As the album progresses the band showcases their different styles without getting too far gone. The surging almost abrasive energy of “Meltdown on Beacon” or the slightly dar “Killed Rosa." They close with a highlight entitled “Forsite.” The reverb-laced guitar works against the dynamic drums.
Foosy Jaw has the right elements for success. They are young, have really good taste and know how to write a song. Their sound is undeniably “indie” and it will attract that audience. There’s just no doubt about that. It’s a competitive playing field but this band has a sound that could resonate with quite a large niche sound. I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard a lot more of them in the next couple of years.
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