One band that should be on everyone's radar in 2023 is Kickstand Jenny, hailing from the sunny Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Their highly anticipated album, "Between The Lies," is a true musical gem. This captivating masterpiece takes the form of a concept album, weaving together an intricate narrative while exploring a diverse range of genres.
With his masterful vocals, Scott Foster Harris, formerly of L.A. Guns takes the lead in captivating the audience.
Preston Morelock showcases his exceptional guitar skills, leaving listeners in awe. The solid foundation of Chris McComas on bass and the rhythmic prowess of A.J. Sipos on drums bring it all together seamlessly. Kickstand Jenny has graced the stage as an opening act for renowned bands such as Skid Row, L.A. Guns, Slaughter, Living Colour, and Lit, cementing their status as a formidable force in the music industry.
As I delve deeper into the enchanting album "Between The Lies," I cannot help but admire Preston's prowess as a songwriter. With each listen, I am struck by his remarkable talent for crafting poignant ballads that effortlessly convey distinct moods, emotions, and musical styles from one track to another. It is a breath of fresh air to witness his ability to avoid the common pitfall of monotony, where a band's entire repertoire blends into one continuous, indistinguishable melody.
I truly appreciate Preston's dedication to creating a diverse and captivating musical journey that keeps listeners engaged and enthralled, avoiding any sense of repetitiveness or predictability during the challenging period of the pandemic, Preston found solace in his songwriting and discovered inspiration for numerous compositions. The central theme of "Between The Lies" revolves around the demise of music during the pandemic, followed by its triumphant resurgence, personified through the fictional character of Jenny.
Preston elaborated on the storyline, revealing that Jenny and her partner find themselves in a tumultuous relationship. Eventually, Jenny embarks on a journey to California, where tragically, she meets her untimely demise. Deeply affected by this loss, her partner succumbs to despair and takes his own life. However, amidst the darkness, a new beginning emerges symbolized by the metaphorical rise of the Phoenix.
The poignant track "Jumpin' Jack Flash" serves as the pivotal moment of the Phoenix's ascent in the album "Between The Lies." Kickstand Jenny delivers an emotionally charged cover, captivating listeners with their soul-stirring rendition. This particular song marks a significant turning point, showcasing the band's ability to evoke intense emotions and captivate their audience with their powerful musical interpretation.
"Between The Lies" is a genre-defying album that effortlessly traverses a diverse musical landscape. From the energetic realms of rock 'n' roll to the raw intensity of grunge, sprinkled with hints of punk and even a touch of soulful country, this album truly offers a dynamic sonic experience. Whether you have a penchant for heartfelt ballads or find yourself drawn to mesmerizing vocals and masterful instrumentation, "Between The Lies" is a must-have addition to your music collection. It flawlessly combines a variety of genres, delivering a rich and captivating listening experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Personally, My favorite song in this upcoming album has been Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The song comes in with a soft guitar and an easy beat behind it so a song that you can relax on and go into a deep head space. This song I have researched on and there is a deep emotion within the song of course I do not want to spill too many beans and give the honor for yourself to hear and experience.
"Tonight" embodies all the qualities of a stellar, high-octane anthem with its bold and unapologetic nature, while maintaining a captivating melodic core. The band's exceptional musicianship is evident in their tight and precise performance, further emphasizing the impact of the song. It's a masterclass in delivering a powerful and memorable musical experience that effortlessly balances its raw energy with a memorable melody.
Lastly, Throughout their years of touring alongside Slaughter, Kickstand Jenny forged a strong connection with Mark Slaughter. Recognizing the immense talent and passion within their music, Preston took the opportunity to share a demo with Mark, extending an invitation for him to contribute his vocals to one of their tracks. Mark resonated with the song "Solo" and delivered a stunning performance, infusing the lyrics with his signature powerful rock 'n' roll singing style. The combination of Mark's electrifying vocals and Preston's masterful guitar work resulted in a seamless fusion of emotions and melodies, elevating the track to new heights.
And that is where Kickstand Jenny stands today, a great and powerful band wanting to shove their rock n roll down into everyone's faces! Be sure to catch them on their upcoming tours and check out their website for merch and more!
Reviewed by Roman Romero