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Assume the Position It’s…Jarvis Humby
by Gary Schwind

Five Star: A look at albums that are so good that they impress even the most cynical of critics. Very few albums are superior enough to obtain a five star rating but occasionally a band slips through the river of mediocrity that is the modern music industry and they produce an album that restores our faith in the future of rock! This series is a look at such albums. 

Let’s play a little word association.  I’ll say a phrase, you say the first thing that comes to your mind.  Don’t worry.  Nobody’s watching you.  All right.  Ready?  Garage rock.  What did you say?  The White Stripes?  The Strokes?  The Vines?  Well, forget about all of those bands because Jarvis Humby is better than the lot of them.

Why?  Because Jarvis Humby isn’t your run-of-the-mill neo-garage band.  Jarvis Humby is closer to The Spencer Davis Group and Booker T and the Mgs than they are to The Strokes.  Take a voice similar to Gaz from Supergrass, add your fuzzy garage guitar, some rumbling bass lines, and a big dose of Hammond organ and what you’ve got is Jarvis Humby.

The album begins with “We Say Yeah,” which may just knock your socks off.  Literally.  Do not be surprised if at the end of the song, your socks are clear across the room.  You know that dance at the beginning of every Austin Powers film?  “We Say Yeah” will make you want to dance like that.  It’s not just that they capture the sound of the late 60s, it’s the energy they bring to this recording.  I have to be honest with you, I think their live shows must be tremendous because of the energy they put into recording.  It sounds like they worked up a sweat in the studio.  You too might work up a sweat from all the dancing you’ll want to do.

My favorites are “We Say Yeah” , “Oh Baby (I Believe I’m Losing You)”, and “Black Cat”.  But you could choose any song at random on this CD and come up with a good one.  I don’t like to say cheap reviewer things like “This is your new favorite band.”  However, if you purchase this album, Jarvis Humby may well be your new
 



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Assume the Position It’s…Jarvis Humby
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Track Listing:
We Say Yeah!
These Eyes
99 Steps To The Sun
TV 200
Vampyros Hetros
Oh Baby (I Believe I'm Losing You)
Badger
Black Cat
Let Me Take You There
4th Man, The
Formaldehyde
Ain't No Friend Of Mine
Majestic 12
an With The X-Ray Eyes (Silver Surfer)
 

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