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Jimmy Pinchak releases Make it Better | RIYL: Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, Forest Son, Joshua Radin




on 30 April, 2014 at 21:09

Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band is a hot running artist/band from Southern California. His latest CD was released in 2014 is entitled “Make it Better”. Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense. Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for someone to make our dreams come true, they are doing it themselves. This latest album by Pinchak is an extremely bright, cheerful, at times thoughtful album that captures the pure essence of Classic Rock, Blues at its best. He’s also a bit above the aforementioned DIY Approach by brining in veteran producer Jon Fowler and mixer Josh Mosser (Imagine Dragons – Radioactive) and mastered by Grammy winner Erick Labson. All 8 tracks provide a intensely exhilarating experience that can tingle the senses into submission. In this aspect I think I get Pinchak. If you’re looking for a sappy love record this may not be for you. If your looking for The White Stripes – again not for you. If you are looking for something in between – it’s the perfect record for you. The frontal core member of Pinchak (who also plays a mean guitar) is backed by some very capable players. Jason Delott – bass, Nathan Leigh – keyboards, Lael Eccard – drums, Stan Nirenberg – guitar, Jimmy Jax Pinchak – guitar & vocals. His voice fits this style of music like a hand in glove. Pinchak delivers middle ground between sappy love songs and raw honest al-rock subject matter. The first 2 track (There is More) and (On the Run) are like pouring gasoline on a fire. I guess the closest artist I would compare him to would be George Thorougood and William Fitzsimmons. But I can also hear Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, Forest Son and Joshua Radin. Pinchak and his band also harmonize well together and his guitar playing and voice (Especially paired with a distorted guitar) is a bit magical.

Some feel music is a way to buzz the senses during any activity i/e concerts, clubs, dancing, exercising, getting drunk, all of the above and more – you get it. Some want to hear about love while other listeners want to go deeper and darker. From one of their more starker tracks “Free Your Mind” to more straight forward “On the Run) to more psychedelic “Draggin’ to full tilt “soul Sacrifice” any music fan can find something they would enjoy in this mixture of superlative songs. My favorite tracks are the extend play ones “Soul Sacrifice”, “Draggin the Line” and “On the Run.”

Criticism: Some aspects of the music sound a bit dated reminiscent of music popular 20+ years ago. If at all possible Pinchak need to somehow modernize his sound to simultaneously accommodate the younger markets. This also applies to his overall look which is not that cutting edge I’m afraid.

Jimmy Pinchak offers an ample listening environment on “Make it Better” with a spirited, rough and tumble sound that will appeal to many. I feel it will encourage the listener to delve in life’s ride, no matter what the circumstance. In this aspect Pinchak deserve a lot of credit for bringing all that tougher. Jimmy Jax Pinchak’s energetic, stimulating sound can be appreciated by anyone that enjoys music, even those who typically may not enjoy one particular style. I enjoyed this album sitting on my couch on full blast, with eyes closed eager to see where the musical journey took me .To be honest I had a few beers as well. This sounds so simple but it’s in this setting Jimmy Pinchak Band’s rollercoaster ride music works its magic best on your senses.

by Michelle Porter edited by Janne Zawa

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