Tight White Jeans
"An American Classic"

(JOIN or DIE Records 2010)Tight White Jeans - An American Classic

As much as we all know that we shouldn't, it's hard not to judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, it's hard not to judge a band by its name. So when you hear that a band's called Tight White Jeans, what comes to mind? Maybe it's trendy electro-punk party music? Or could it be teeny-bopper ‘tween music where all the band members have lip piercings and side-swept bands while wearing the said tight white jeans? Perhaps it's pure electronic music with a DJ behind a table of computer equipment? Tight White Jeans, at least this Tight White Jeans are a fairly run of the mill three-piece rock band.

Tight White Jeans tease listeners by offering what, at first listen, is a cover of "Proud Mary" (more CCR than Ike & Tina) before it becomes clear they just lifted the guitar part and put it in their track "Disease In Me" while "Crawler" pays respect to ‘90s post-grunge era with an dirty guitar sound. The band do offer a bit of a poppy rock sound with "Lips Beneath Skin" that shows potential before changing things up for a more country sounding "Poetry & Prison."

You can never fault a band for trying and it's clear these guys are doing their best to put together an album. The problem is the recording and mixing are done poorly - the vocals, generally, are the only thing you can hear well and a little too well, at that. Meanwhile the musical inspiration and execution are also somewhat lacking. As The Killers' Brendan Flowers once sang, "I got soul but I'm not a soldier." Tight White Jeans have soul and some instruments but that doesn't make them a studio band.

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