Art & Design
Posted by Fran Poisson
18. Dec, 2010
Fun – it’s a broad term I know, but there’s no better word to describe catching JJ Symon and the Monochromes live. You can’t help but get caught up in the catchy tunes, the infectiousness of the riffs, the joy in which it’s delivered.
Mayday is Symon’s third album and showcases more of his particular brand of feel-good rock, accompanied by that vagabond collection of souls, The Monochromes. It’s not a complicated album, and doesn’t need to be. Symon’s strength lies in the creative composition of good songs; songs that don’t need excessive instrumentation or obvious studio after-effects. You know what you hear on the record is what you get live.
The melodies are well driven and supported by the Monochromes, and there are throwbacks to the gloriousness of brit-pop, and the best of American and Australian rock from the turn of the decade. Not to say that the music is out-dated, the references are hand-picked and the songs remain fresh and engaging.
And Symon draws upon Melbourne, from the skyline on the album cover to the references throughout to the city he calls home. It’s these details that define JJ Symon, he’s played all over this town, in venues, bars and pubs, big and small, shabby and chic, a troubadour in the true sense.
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