With a new video dropping for single ‘Peaks and Troughs’ GIGsoup contributor Jake Brown takes a look at River Jumpers self-titled EP.
It’s not hard to find 16 minutes out of your day to listen to the all new self-titled EP from the 5 piece pop-punk band from Brighton. Should you though?
If point-and-squirt pop-punk is your cup of tea, then in a word; yes. It’s fair to say that just about every song on the 2012 album, Chapters, sounded very similar. But such is the case with the genre, even household names like Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and The Offspring share the same achilles heel.
The self-titled EP does experience this again in some quarters but this time it’s less of an issue. There is a noticeable raw flavour to the music and its overall sound is surprisingly clean and well mixed. Maintaining an energy and creating movement within the music is something River Jumpers do very successfully and it comes across as well as it can do in this digital format.However, this material was clearly written with live performances in mind.
The closest you can get to the live performance without leaving your room is Peaks and Troughs (see the video above), which is the EPs stand-out track. It does what any good pop-punk track should do and that’s to have a memorable chorus, while maintaining a purpose. The combination of these two elements is what separates average bands in the genre, from the great ones.
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The new EP really isn’t something you can experience sat down. What it lacks in technical and songwriting finesse, it makes up for in fist pumping energy. That being said it isn’t badly written by any means – each track is a runaway train with a real pulse and an indication it could de-rail at any second. Surely that’s what any expressive punk track should feel like.
This self-titled release is a real return to form from a band whose previous EP; Split, was a double serving of disappointment and confusion.
‘River Jumpers’ is out now on FXD Records.
You can see River Jumpers at one of the following venues…
7th August 2015 – Rebellion Fest
13th August 2015 – Brighton w/ Giants & The Decline
15th August 2015 – Worthing Festival, Bar 42
17th August 2015 – Fighting Cocks w/ The Decline & Darko
24th August 2015 – Camden Underworld w/Random Hand