The Jay Clark Band (or JCB, as they are often referred to) are a five-piece rock / country rock band from Dayton, Ohio.
Their third album, ‘The Time Is Now’ has just been released (28th June 2019) and it’s a real stomper. If I use the description, ‘old fashioned,’ I mean that in a purely good sense of of the expression. This is straight-up, no frills, no nonsense rock music.
Writing this on a dismal, grey, wet Glasgow (Scotland) afternoon, this album transports me to a dusty, road trip through mid-state America. It’s full of loud, boisterous riffs with country twangs and little tinges of Def Lepard / Iron Maiden guitar solos.
The album kicks off with ‘Not Giving Up,’ a fast-paced out and out rocker. I hope it doesn”t offend anyone, but the style reminds me a little of Ugly Kid Joe in their heyday. (That’s a good thing, by the way.)
‘You‘re Going Down’ follows and then comes ‘Leaving.’ Underpinned by a Hammond organ (I think) this one is a little more in the Bon Jovi mode, to me and sort of puts the brakes on in preparation for the rock ballad that is ‘Find A Way,’ which leans more to the Country Rock style.
Fists in the air! Here comes ‘Bring Down The House,’ and don’t be misled by the verses. When the chorus kicks in, you’ll be punching the air with the best of them. Shades of Alice Cooper on this one? Again, some lovely whining guitar touches.
‘Stand Out,’ continues the good rockin’ feel before the pace drops again with ‘Alive‘ – a track that does remind me again of Bon Jovi (this time, ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive’) and not just because of the acoustic guitar sounding introduction. But that’s OK, I guess.
‘Nothing Good in Life Ever Lasts,’ is definitely out of the Country Rock locker, with a metronomic, thumping beat. And am I imagining it, or does vocalist Jay’s voice take on more of a drawled inflection? ‘
Hell Of A Time,’ is a mid-tempo sing-a-long classic rock type, leading into the closing track, ‘Long Long Journey.’ This is a slow burner, at least for the first half of the song, before it kicks in on both tempo and attitude for a minute, before dropping back down for the closing thirty-two seconds. If there’s one tiny wee criticism of this album, then it’s that I’d have swapped the final two tracks around, so the album has a stronger finish. But then, that’s just me …
There I go again – nitpicking, I know. Yeah, overall this is a n excellent, good time rockin’ album. I like it. Good stuff!