in the keepIn The Keep - Flowers for Jayne (self released)

Flowers for Jayne have been floating around for the last for a couple of years with their melodic power-pop blended with James Williamson-style, blazing guitar shredding. 

The band is led by ex-Lime SpiderJayne Murphy, whose background from Sydney’s western suburbs carried with it a staple diet of KISS, Cheap Trick and the cooler sounds of Australian indie- noisy guitar greatness.

Jayne has one part of the pedigree of a great rock ‘n’ roller – she’s an outsider with her own personal tribulations behind her.  She has always relied on music to keep going. 

“In the Keep” is a blistering four-track CD EP and a helluva slab, clocking in at just over 10 minutes with no fat or excess. It was recorded by drummer Stuart Wilson (New Christs, Chris Masuak’s Dog Soldier, Lime Spiders, Leadfinger, The Crisps) in the perfect setting of his own Stu Stu Studio.

What stands out immediately is the sharp, punchy drums sound on the first track “The Death of Pop Music”. It opens with Jayne’s chunky power pop riffing with her Les Paul and lashings of harmony. The Flowers For Jayne trio sounds like a powerful rock machine. 

“On My Mind” follows suit with the solid drumming of Peter Timmerman and the bass of playing of Kevin Riddle. On “My Craft”,  Jayne really bellows and rattles off phrases and words that are jammed in with a melodic hook. This glorious piece has more to offer in just over two minutes than most bands manage in deliver over an album. It has an in-your-face guitar sound and wah wah pedal work that sounds like Ron Asheton on steroids. The stand-out track for sure.  

“In The Keep” (to use a pun) is a keeper, and another nod to the classic Sydney 1980s guitar underground sounds but with a modern sonic take. It sounds as fresh and energetic as a bunch of 22-years-olds bursting out of a garage. The four tracks have been sharply mixed by Anton Hagop with lots of clarity in the mastering.

This is great rock 'n' roll made by an outsider. What I get from this record is a helluva lot of  passion. Flowers For Jayne fires on all fronts.


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