Formed in 2012 by Nir Perlman (Vocals), and Guy Avnon (Guitar), Jack The Envious were later joined by Guy Checkarov (Bass) during their military service. Between 2011 and 2014, Jack The Envious focused mainly on perfecting their live show and writing songs, struggling to mix both national service and band life together.
After releasing their debut EP, ‘Pull You Down’, last year the band had a few very successful local shows while maintaining new content releases. Aiming to branch out, they left everything behind and moved to the UK on January 2017.
Shut Me Off has a terrific atmospheric start before launching into a nifty little riff. Nir Perlman’s initial vocals seem a little to restrained, but don’t let that put you off because when he actually pulls out all the stops he’s got a great melodic delivery. “Jack The Envious” have a huge punch to their sound, with “Pull You Down” continuing to deliver.
As “Begging For More” stomps all over your ears, you can see why comparisons are made with the likes of “Panic! At The Disco”, with the track being hard hitting, and incredibly easy to bounce along to whilst singing your heart out.
With the likes of Trump, May, Putin, Jong-un in power, it’s very easy to spot the inspiration for the EP’s third track “Guilty”. In their own words the band explain:
“In Guilty, we get more ‘political’ than we used to. The influence for the song comes from what we see happening in the world. Back home, such subjects revolved around us on a daily basis. Yet it’s all over the world that people with power use it, some for good, some for bad.
We got to a certain point where there are so many problems, and no one takes the responsibility, leaving everything in the air.
We aren’t judging, we just say what we see and we’re obviously not fond of it. You can take a listen and think for yourself.”
“Mrs Grimm” is exactly that, a dark twisted cautionary little tale where “things aren’t always what they seem”. A great chorus propels the story along with some great musicianship on show. The intro to “Never Look Down though is perhaps my favourite moment on the EP though. It shows a tremendous maturity to their song writing process and that there’s a lot more to “Jack the Envious” then you might initially think.
Well worth a listen!
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