After six years of waiting Boy Jumps Ship finally released their debut album 'Wake Up' in 2016. A time capsule of an album which encapsulates the melodic rock of the early 2000’s in a way which unfortunately doesn’t seem quite as interesting today.
Boy Jumps Ship are an alternative band hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. They offer a unique blend of alternative music with their roots deep from early 2000's melodic rock.
Since forming way back in 2010 the band have previously released 2 EP’s, 2012’s 'Be Good. Be Gracious' and 2014’s 'Lovers & Fighters' with Wake up” is the band’s first full length effort.
'Wake Up' is an album almost exclusively aimed at tugging on the heart strings of fans as early 2000’s bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Allister. The Album opens with the mixed track 'Burn'. A crunching balls to the walls rock song that somehow encompasses the band in a microcosm. There are moments of perfection in this track such as the pounding drums, deep crunchy guitars and solid production value. However, missteps such as the line “the kids have no respect” make the band feel older and more cynical than they should.
'Night Stories' which includes the line the album is named after, feels massively out of place on the album. The first half of the song is a slow paced effort which brings the album to a grinding halt. The band however, must realise this as they shout “Wake Up” into your ears to ensure any listeners bored to sleep in the first half are quickly woken up.
Tracks such as 'Hell' and 'The Best Is Yet To Come' are the band at its best. Solid catchy hooks witch sublime guitar and drum work. These are full on hard hitting rock anthems which showcase the massive potential of the band. These tracks as well as the Foo Fighters inspired 'No Tomorrow' act as much needed shots of adrenaline in an otherwise confused and muddy album.
'Wake Up' shows, in glimpses, that there is definite potential from Boy Jumps Ship. Tracks such as 'Hell' and 'The Best Is Yet To Come' are some of the bands best work, but there is no doubt that the best is yet to come.