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THE OFFCIAL VIDEO "THERE IS MORE" FROM THE CD "MAKE IT BETTER."
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Jimmy Jax Pinchak
Make It Better
3.4 out of 5
By Ted Rogen
If you think you have heard the name Jimmy Jax Pinchak it may have been from acting. The 18-year-old has been acting since he was a wee one and most notably was in the movie “Enders Game” as Peter Wiggins. He is delving into music and recently released an album called Make It Better that revolves around blues-rock. Although the album is full of predictable rock clichés and Pinchak sounds like he is trying to sound like he is 30 rather than 18 he delivers decent songs. The production is clean, professional and commercially accessible.
The album opens with “There Is More,” which takes advantage of gritty guitars, a sensible verse with a catchy chorus and safe drumming. Pinchak has a deep voice and delivers a convincing performance. “On The Run” is a heavily influenced blues song that sounds like it could from a mix between Eric Clapton and B.B. King and that finds some influence from contemporary hard rock. The best part is the breakdown towards the end of the song and the song showcases some impressive guitar leads and piano. “Make It Better” contains some pretty addictive riffs and proves to be one of the better songs on the album while “Draggin’ the Line” contains excellent vocal harmonies. The female accompaniment sounded great and Pinchak sounded really good on this one because he didn’t sound as if he was trying too hard.
The last song on the album is “Soul Sacrifice” and it was an interesting way to end the album. It is clearly influenced by Santana with its heavy percussive elements and actually contains a drum solo (wasn't expecting this but it was quite enjoyable), bass solo and no vocals. It was quite a departure from the rest of the album.
Pinchak is talented and I admit I don't enjoy many albums from 18-year-olds but there were some solid moments on this album. The main issue Pinchak will have is his audience. He plays rock heavily influenced by blues. The older audience will just pop in artists like Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B King while people his age and younger will most likely be listening to the likes of Justin Bieber or whatever else high school kids are listening to these days. Pinchak needs to keep at it and develop his own recognizable style; something that is very feasible because of his age
February 14th, 2014
Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band: Make It Better Review
The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band from Los Angeles emerged onto the blues rock scene this month with their debut album, Make It Better. This five-piece band, fronted by young multi-instrumentalist and actor Jimmy Jax Pinchak, is cutting an interesting path to the sound of their influences, BB King and Eric Clapton. Pinchak, who starred in the recent film Ender’s Game and 2004’s The Polar Express, demonstrates some impressive songwriting capabilities on his debut effort.
Make It Better consists of eight bluesy cuts, recorded with band mates Jacob Delott, Lael Eccard, Nathan Leigh and Stan Nirenberg. The album opener “There Is More” begins with one of Pinchak’s sweeping riffs and develops into a catchy song with a pretty explosive solo. “Tell Me” brings Pinchak’s riffing ability one step further, and his band provides a good backing with the help of an organ and punchy drums.
By the end of the album, it really feels like Pinchak and his band are entering some questionable territory. The track “Draggin’ the Line” sounds a little strained, as Pinchak’s message becomes increasingly repetitive. It’s clear this band has some potential, but they need to rethink their approach on that one. Their cover of Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” really tests the bands instrumental capabilities, and they do the song some justice, but it feels a little forced. It sounds out of place with the mood of the rest of the album.
Ultimately, Make It Better falls short in the oversaturated market of debut albums to make a real big first impression, but that’s not to say it’s a bad record. The instrumental strength of the band provides some enjoyable breakdowns and guitar work. Pinchak undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.
The Review: 7/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
- There Is More
- Tell Me
- On The Run
The Big Hit
- There Is More
Blues Rock Review February 14, 2014.
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Debut for Talented Guitarist February 12, 2014
Bought this on a friend’s recommendation and have made it part of my regular rotation. In an era where being hip too often translates to making disposable pop music, it’s refreshing to see a young guy not only embracing a love for classic rock, but having the guitar chops to do it justice. Jimmy Jax Pinchak, the lead guitarist and creative force behind this record, displays a fluid, self assured playing style that is almost eerily beyond his years. His band mates are obviously seasoned pros who create an air tight groove and shine in all the right spots. I enjoyed this record start to finish, but particularly the self penned “Tell me” and psychedelic tinged “There is more”. Great start for a razor sharp guitarist/songwriter. I think he also has a film career.
Recent review from Amazon.
THE BAND'S FIRST CD WAS RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 4. EIGHT SONGS INCLUDING SIX ORIGINAL SONGS. PRODUCED BY JON FOWLER, MIXED BY JOSH MOSSER AND MASTERED BY GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ERICK LABSON.
THE FIRST SIX TRACKS ARE ORIGINALS CO-WRITTEN BY JIMMY JAX PINCHAK. THE SEVENTH TRACK BONUS IS A NEW RENDITION OF TOMMY JAMES' DRAGGIN' THE LINE. THE LAST TRACK IS A LIVE RECORDING OF SOUL SACRIFICE PERFORMED BY THE JIMMY JAX PINCHAK BAND FROM "SUMMER FEST" IN VENICE BEACH ON JULY 27, 2013. MOST OF THE RECORDING WAS DONE AT WESTLAKE STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES AND STAGG STREET STUIDO IN VAN NUYS. THE CD WILL BE RELEASED TO COLLEGE RADIO STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. CLICK LINK FOR CREDITS.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 INCLUDE:
The Jimmy Jax Pinchak performed at Summer Fest" in Venice Beach on July 27, 2013.
The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band performed two sets at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival last summer.
Also on Memorial Day weekend, the Band performed at the annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival.
From left to right: Stan Nirenberg, Nathan Leigh, Jacob Delott, Jimmy Jax Pinchak and Lael Eccard.