As the band work on their debut album for release later this year, UK outfit Broken Jaw have uncaged a potent teaser in the shape of their new single, Can’t. Cored by a hook strapped groove, the song is a punk infested slab of snarling metal as infectious as it is openly irritable.
Based in Stroud in Gloucestershire, the beginnings of Broken Jaw came with the meeting of vocalist Nutzie Shelley and guitarist Lee Stockwell at a friend’s house party mid-2012. Soon songs emerged followed by the band breaking out live and quickly earning local and increasing support aligned to an equally growing reputation for their sound and presence. It is a following which has swelled as the quartet ventured further afield, fans emerging around the UK and into countries such as in Ireland, America, Germany and Norway. Now as they bring Hope, first full-length to life, the band are looking to stoke up anticipation with their new track, an aim easy to see being realised.
Written by Shelley and Stockwell and confronting “mankind’s nature to react negatively at all times”, Can’t instantly fizzes on the senses, its sonic blister rapidly welcoming a stomping flood of hungry riffs and swinging beats as a nagging groove squirms under the skin. The strong lead tones of Shelley are just as potently backed by those of Stockwell and bassist Stuart Shrubb, their varied attack as punk and forceful as the surrounding tempestuous sounds driven by the senses scything beats of Chris Horwood Jones. The metal side of the song increasingly grows bolder until it takes over around mid-way; its viper’s nest of grooves eagerly invading ears and imagination as the raw storm not so much relaxes, but bides its time before bursting its banks again.
It is a stirring mx which just gets stronger and more persuasive minute by minute, listen by listen. Broken Jaw has unmistakeable potential in a sound already leaving rich enjoyment in its wake. Can’t is proof of that and no doubt so will their now keenly awaited first album.
Can’t is out now.
Upcoming Live Dates:
29/04/17 – The Dolls House Abertillery, Wales
22/07/17 – Amplified Festival, Quarrydown, Gloucestershire
Pete RingMaster 06/03/2017
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