Rude Jake - Self-Titled
Me on the Eastside Baby
have you given up on the whole "swing movement"
already? I can see it happening, I mean it was beaten to death
in much the same way ska was a few years ago. Chances are
that it will die without some kind of act to revive it - you
know, rekindle the fire with a sound unlike all the rest.
Big Rude Jake.
/ songwriter will be releasing his debut album in the states
this February with Roadrunner Records. With the release of
this album, the world will be introduced to a new style of
swing - the total retro style. This is not the neo-swing we
get from the likes of Cherry Poppin' Daddies or Big Bad Voodoo
Daddy, no sirree. This is cabaret-influenced jump blues. The
music on the album strays from the power dance jive we have
been getting hit with, and goes deeper into the strain. The
obvious Southern influences are there, and when coupled with
the smoky jazz feel we are given the sound to revive the revival.
not believe in Rock 'n' Roll. The focus for him is a total
bond with the music. Everything is soulful, there is no put-on
face or angst and depression he is bouting. In fact, he has
a song entitled "Let's Kill all the Rock Stars"
which he claims to be dedicated to Marilyn Manson and those
sound is sure to be enjoyed by most everyone. I have played
it for everyone from High Schoolers to Grandparents, with
no complaints from anyone. Sure, not everyone hopped out of
their seat and asked "Who is this? I want it!" The
thing I did find odd is that some people did. I had
never seen that before. Just the fact that people I know are
awaiting its release screams the quality of this album. "Dinner
with the Devil" definitely borrows from the styles of
Rockabilly and "Let's Kill all the Rock Stars" is
a punk-swing combo that redefines the limits of swing &
shining jem of this album is the lyrics and vocals. It is
deeply rooted in politics and the realities of life. Songs
like "Mercy for the Monkey Man" speak of the fears
Jake has for society and himself - that we do not become trapped
by our desires. In "Dinner with the Devil" Jake
starts out with a vocal style straight from the 30s and goes
into a power-driven style filled with an angry tone perfect
for the song. Everything speaks to the listener - no one is
alienated by these lyrics because he is the everyman.
Included on the album are two spoken word pieces - which I
amazingly enjoyed. Spoken word usually never grabs me, but
the smoky jazz-lounge style in which they are done, along
with the captivating voice of Jake drew me in.
on this album can really be called my favorite. I guess in
that way I am much like Jake, who recently stated in our interview
with him that his favorite changes almost daily. Every song
shines, but I must make one thing clear. Jake is not your
happy-go-lucky music. He tackles life and does it tactfully
and tastefully. His character is one of true professionality
with a bottle of genius and a shot of sarcasm.