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The Jacob James

by | Jul 17, 2020

The Jacob James
The Jacob James
self-released

Savannah, Georgia, is one of the most haunted cities in America. Fittingly, after spending a winter there, Jake Greenlaw returned to his native North Haven with a bunch of songs that attempt to find solace in the past. Teaming up with producer/guitarist Bill Trevaskis, Greenlaw (who’s best known as the drummer in the indie-Americana trio Toughcats who made an old suitcase the center of his kit) paired this introspective material with infectious glam-rock riffs and released it under his first two names, as The Jacob James. The duo’s debut album is a lovingly executed homage to the days when The Cars and Cheap Trick ruled the airwaves. Greenlaw’s lyrics perform meta twists and turns within this nostalgic, red-neon universe, distracting himself from negativity with volume knobs and reminiscences. “I wanna run and hide with my radio / I turn it up too loud so we’ll never know / How we got so lost,” he sings on “What Do You Want From Me?” Over the sparkling riffage of “The Feeling,” Greenlaw pleads, “The feeling when you’re lost inside / Take me back to a real good time / Take me back to a Friday night.” The Jacob James is haunted by the sounds of those lost weekends, but equally determined to keep their spirit alive.

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