Jackson Funk is a young musician from Maryland who recently released Interplanetary Funksmanship. It’s a complete DIY effort and features straightforward rock, some funk and blues.
The album opens with “Sermon of the All-Powerful God of Funk” which is very funky. There’s a lot of wah wah pedal going on which sort of overwhelms the song. The song features some inventive transitions and some solid performances. There’s no real hook to the song because the vocalist more or less uses spoken word.
Next up is “Lust in the Dust” which is a hard-hitting blues/rock hybrid. The song quickly starts to feel chaotic and comes apart to sometimes come back together. It had its moments. The first highlight to me was “The Blair Bitch Bacchanalia” that starts off with some great guitar licks which was my favorite aspect of the song. They played around with dissonance here and there and the playing from everyone was great on this song. There’s a breakdown section in the middle which is a psychedelic swirl.
Up next is “Georgia Crush” which is somewhere between funk and rock. There's some Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin and bands in between. The song felt like it was constantly changing and never really settled on a groove.
“Mister Feedbag Pennypacker” is another song with a lot of changes and often felt chaotic while “Live by the Sword, Die by the Hook” has one of the stronger grooves. “Auralator” and “Woo Number Two” are solid songs. The fast paced ska vibe on “Woo Number Two” which the song opened with got my attention.
There aren’t many vocal hooks or melodies that stood out to me. The strength of the songs is the technical playing. They are all good players and seems like they enjoy to demonstrate their skill.
Overall, I thought this was a solid album with some well delivered songs.
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