GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Released on May 3, 2010 (Spinefarm Records)
01. Slip It On
02. Two Hot Girls
03. When It Comes To Lovin’
04. Fooled By A Rose
05. War Between Us
06. Get Your Hands Dirty
07. Not Even Love
08. Mother Fucker
11. Innocence Is Mine
Will Stapleton – vocals and guitars
Jon Dow – vocals and guitars
Tom Wright – bass
Matt Oliver – drums
Dan Weller – additional guitar (11)
Produced by Dan Weller, Justin Hill and Jettblack.
Mastered by Mika Jussila.
Mixed by Lester Woodward.
Get Your Hands Dirty is British band Jettblack‘s new album and it blasts out of the gates with “Slip It On” and keeps racing straight along with “Two Hot Girls”.
There is a youthful sounding bravado about Jettblack, and the zest for life feeling continues with the title cut “Get Your Hands Dirty”. All of the songs are straight-ahead sturdy rockers — “War Between Us” opens up sounding cruisy and melodic, but it quickly moves into fist-pumping rock. “Not Even Love” slows down the pace and is what I would call ‘nice’, yet has more power behind it than the usual overly sugary ballads and includes some smoky blues-tinged guitar which weaves smoothly throughout.
Blend up the voices of Jani Lane, Kik Tracee‘s Stephen Shareaux and David Coverdale and you get an idea of the vocal sound of Jettblack. What really works well is the dual shared vocals of Jon Dow and Will Stapleton, who sound so similar that they mesh together perfectly when sharing vocal duties — especially on “Two Hot Girls”. Combine the standout voices with clean slick guitar work and a strong drum attack from Matt Oliver and Jettblack cement into a solid unit of hard rock which is so satisfying it is close to flawless.
Finishing off an impressive disc with — a tad too long but still good — “Innocence is Mine”, Jettblack have proved they are a tight sounding band making their own mark by modernising old school ’80s inspired rock. For want of a better acronym (unless you are vegetarian) Get Your Hands Dirty is like seeing the perfect piece of juicy, mouth-watering steak that you can’t wait to stick on the grill and crank up some sounds while it sizzles. I can’t think of any reason why you would to pass up getting this disc.
www.myspace.com/jettblackuk – www.spinefarm.fi
Reviewed by Tania for Sleaze Roxx, October 2010.