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Reviewed by John Paul Carroll

The Jury and The Saints: The Jury and The Saints

Reviewed by John Paul Carroll

The Jury and The Saints: The Jury and The Saints

Featuring members of Streetwise Scarlett and Goodnight Nurse, The Jury and The Saints have been enthusiastically plying their brand of pop-punk, with a shade of hard rock, in Germany of late. This self-titled album offers up plenty of fist pumping anthems to satisfy punk kids the world over.

Start Moving is aptly named for the opener, and packed full of shouty, upbeat grooviness. Fever, Freedom Fighter and Make Our Mark outline the big guitar sound achieved by Jesse Smith and Rowan Crowe, as well as a penchant for upbeat, emotionally charged riffing. Focus features the frenetic drumming of Marty Kroon, which compliments the aggression and gang chants perfectly. Monday Morning is dark, moody, sparsely arranged, until the uplifting chorus, and for those with a taste for some harder rocking to go with the pop punking, Knocking On The Devil’s Door and Bust The Radio provide the vibe, packaged with epic arrangements and delivered with an Alexis On Fire feel. City Lights will please the dance kids, grungey intro drums giving way to some funky computer noises and a good time.

At the business end of the album Last Time fills the role of epic ballad, while Brand New pummels away with synth textures and Last Mistake is a poppy fun track with loaded lyrics. Featuring picture perfect production, sweet growly vocals, catchy choruses and relentlessly upbeat arrangements, this is for fans on the rockier side of Paramore, the softer, poppier side of Alexis On Fire, and anyone with a soft spot for well-executed, emotionally charged pop-punk rock.