ROCK N ROLLIN WITH JOLLYS
According to their Facebook page, Jollys’ self-identified genre is “filth.” However, a description of their sound that may be closer to giving it the justice it deserves would be “sloppy rock n roll with a little bit of pop mixed in.” There is no doubt something messy about their music, but it’s the good, fun kind of messy.
The musicians that make up this obscure, Chicago based band are Tommy Noir (guitar/vocals), Josh Rodin (drums and vocals), Joe Maestro (bass), and Tom Puschautz (guitar).
Jollys’ name came about when Noir was deciding upon a name for a solo project he was working on. Nonetheless, the name was given to the band when Rodin joined Noir, as they were both playing in respective bands but searching for something where they’d have more creative control. Puchautz and Maestro later on completed the group dynamic.
Since their formation, the group has released a 7 inch though Tall Pat Records as well as an EP through Dumpster Tapes entitled Raw Flower. At the moment Jollys are in the process of recording new material that is set to be released sometime this spring.
Regardless, there is already an enticing selection of releases on their bandcamp to browse and listen to. One of the more unconventional releases being Jollyween, a mellow, spooky EP released last Halloween. Jollyween is supposedly an ongoing, yearly project in which the band writes and records two original Halloween songs along with one cover. This project comes from the group’s love for Halloween as they enjoy the opportunity the holiday provides to play cover sets (this year Jollys played a set as the well-known English rock band The Troggs).
Among the compilations, another “must listen to” would be Young Camelot, a live recording of the band in 2014 playing at Young Camelot (a DIY Collective in Chicago). The recording relays the band’s high energy, given the live performance setting, and the lyrics are sung a bit more clear in comparison to most of the studio recordings. Not to mention that the harmonies during the end of the chorus of “Don’t Talk to Me” are almost unnoticeable but resonate nevertheless, Noir and Rodin singing out “When I think about nothing/I think about you/I think about you/I think about you.”
As a whole, it seems the band makes no attempt in making their lyrics methodical or deep, they stick to the simplistic. However, it’s the straightforward lyrics with garage-rock instrumentals that creates this loud, raw expression of emotions. These familiar factors contribute to Jollys’ DIY, rock n rollin’ vibe.
written by LYDIA VELAZQUEZ