With Parasocial Security, American band Jersey Calling is releasing an ultra-fun punk record, easy to get into and that promises a lot for their live gigs. Review.
PARASOCIAL SECURITY – JERSEY CALLING
American punk still has a lot to offer. The bright Jersey Calling are back centre stage with some great communicative energy on their new record. If the band was a trio in 2002, it is, since 2020, a super-efficient five-piece. And their choice of placing Victoria Maffei-Kates as their second singer, backing up Josh Kates – original singer – on tracks like Gods & Cowboys and Twisted Paradigm, is their best idea so far.
But really, it’s when she is taking the lead fully, like with Backseat Driver, that the spell is cast. That’s when I get that the possibilities for their future tracks are massive thanks to these two voices. With an explosive start, the band gets the songs out and radiates with good spirits and more. They also know when to get into a serious or grave tone, like with The Things Life Leaves Behind. Content summons an arena in my living room. Fantastic. And Self-Will Run Riot burns down the Sunday evening dread.
Heartstrings is more romantic and passionate. How do you resist to lines like ‘I’m your companion, and you’re my Doctor Who’ and ‘Like a Hayao Miyazaki film, changing our worldview’. I can’t, and find the lyrics and the atmosphere impeccable. Parasocial Security closes with the electrical Queen of the Unclean and the raging chaos of Hasta Luego. It’s a goodbye and see you again soon, I hope.