Formed in 2009, Blackjack began by playing their favourite cover tracks in venues across the North East. They built on their reputation for tight sound and energetic live shows to play a number of biker rallies around the UK. With nearly 5 years in the game and two previous EP’s behind them their next release ‘The Gent‘ is set to be released 1st March. This is what it sounds like.
With an upbeat and catchy guitar hook and David Knott’s simple yet effective drum beat, ‘Sad Game’ is a short sharp journey into the Blackjack sound. Hints of Black Crowes, The Hives, Reef and Spin Doctors can be found within the layers but the overall result is pure rock for the masses.
‘Give Me A Taste’ is a more laid back blues-tinged number. You don’t have to listen too intently to hear Led Zeppelin in the guitars and any number of 80’s rock warblers within Ian Robertson’s vocals, such are the vocal gymnastics. At 5 min 52 seconds there’s plenty of room for the band to play about with the structure, a liberty they take advantage of in what can only be described as forays into Stone Roses style Jams – without the jangly guitars.
Title track ‘The Gent’ gives bass man James Robson freedom to explore the fretboard as guitarists James Knott and Mark Elrington combine to produce an intricate verse riff. It’s not as memorable as the previous tracks but there’s nothing offensive here either.
With this release Blackjack have produced a viable mix of goodtime party rock and serious musicianship. If they can transfer their reputable live performance into a full studio album filled with tracks such as ‘Give Me A Taste‘ then they should do very well indeed.
01: Sad Game
02: Give Me A Taste
03: The Gent
Ian Robertson- Vocals
James Knott – Guitar/ backing vocals
James Robson – Bass/ backing vocals
Mark Elrington – Guitar/ backing vocals
David Knott – Drums
With this release Blackjack have produced a viable mix of goodtime party rock and serious musicianship. If they can transfer their reputable live performance into a full studio album filled with tracks such as 'Give Me A Taste' then they should do very well indeed.