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The Jolts: Something not like the others

Monday 11th, April 2016 / 10:47
By Alex Molten
Photo: Sarah Whitlam

Photo: Sarah Whitlam

CALGARY — The Jolts have been a punk staple in Vancouver for years. Musically they’re known for playing an unapologetically rowdy brand of punk rock with rock and roll sensibility. If you want a guarantee for a good night then a Jolts show is where you’ll want to be. Fast and fun, channelling that Ramones-esque energy, they’ve built a reputation for being electric on stage.

The Jolts is comprised of Joey Blitzkrieg on guitar and vocals, Joshy Atomic on guitar, Dusty Duderino on drums, and Evan Dabbler plays bass. With their first release in five years coming up, the last being 2011’s 8%, Blitzkrieg takes a moment to talk about the band’s upcoming third LP, No Parodoxes.

“Any old Jolts fan who hears it is going to be a little bit mystified I think. It jumps genres a little bit. But it’s still of all the different genres that we like. You know, from ’70s heavy metal to Johnny Thunders kind of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Blitzkrieg.

Photo: Sarah Whitlam

Photo: Sarah Whitlam

No Paradoxes is definitely a switch up. The band experiments with different sounds and, while it may not be what their fans will be expecting, it does make for a dynamic listen. Their first single, “Microwave Kids,” is in step with the expectations that people may have of the band, but the album isn’t so straightforward.

“It wasn’t purposeful. I think it was just everything that was just brought to the table that we kind of tried to use,” says Blitzkrieg. “In the past we would have turned down some of those songs like ‘Blasters’ or ‘Brian’s Girl’ that were totally not within our specific genre and this time we were excited to change it up. It does get a little bit boring playing the same power chord riffs over and over.”

“Blasters,” released with “Microwave Kids” to preview the album, brings in some Motörhead influences while “Brian’s Girl” wouldn’t be easily categorized as punk; it sounds like a definite nod to garage rock and roll.

Recorded with Jesse Gander around two years ago, it has been a long process to get the album out. Long pressing plant wait times (it took a year and four months to get the record pressed) has meant the band has had to wait to physically release No Paradoxes.

“It’s taken so long to put out that, at this point, we’re just going to kind of wait and see what people think of it and make our decisions from there. This album release will be a good time, the first time to really be testing these songs live,” shares Blitzkrieg about The Jolts approach to this release. “I think maybe three have been played live before. So we’ll see how it goes and from there and I mean we’d be super happy to do a tour.”

Whatever the future holds for The Jolts, they’ve done something with their upcoming album that many established bands stay away from. Ten years, one EP, and three LPs in, they have changed things up. While this album may not sound quite like their last two, it still is unabashed rock ‘n’ roll. It’s less a love letter to their fans and more like paying homage to their influences.

The Jolts perform at the Astoria on April 22.

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