Punk as fuck
The Jai Alai Savant are singer/ guitarist Ralph Darden (ex Franklin) Jeremy Gowertz (drums) and Michael Ali (bass). Ralph Dearden is more well known in the Philedelphia "scene" as Major Taylor, who is amongst other things a DJ, a producer, and an expert Jijitsu sportfighter. In fact, it was reported earlier this year that when three guys tried to mug him, he not only only asked to take them all on, but he also had the following words to say his would be attackers: "First of all, i'm broke. Second of all, there's a lot easier people to mug in Chicago. Furthermore. I don't have shit to live for right now. Somebody's going to get hurt." Is this something that translates into their music? You better believe it!
The Jai Alai Savant have been described as an amgalm of punk-rock and dub raggae - which recalls at once Fugazi, artists like Lee "Scratch" Perry and even contemporary bands like TV on the Radio. While I certainly wouldn't argue with the plaudits, this band are making vital music that's a lot more than a sum of their influences. Ok, they're not your standard mainstream garage-lite band, but that's not to say that they're songs aren't catchy or even accessible - don't you love that word? It literally means nothing. Also, to use a cliche, we need bands like The Jai Alai Savant - If not only to prove that we're not all "coffee-shop drinkers and Coldplay listeners." I forget where I read that, but that's not important, what is important is you listening to these tracks, and getting your asses down to the ATP Festival which runs December 2, 3 and 4. Check these and whole host of other great bands out. That is, if you live in my neck of the woods. If not, take solace in Thunderstatement. That's out in October.
The Jai Alai Savant - Punk as Fuck
The Jai Alai Savant - Scarlett Johansen Why Don't You Love Me