Reviews

The Jailbirds


The Jailbirds share fuzzy and melodically heavy track “Sludge” speaking on societal woes.

The Jailbirds are a force of nature that you need to pay attention to. Not long after the release of their debut EP, The Black River, the band won the “Best Rock” category at the 2018 Mississauga Music Awards. They have molded the rock genre into something entirely their own while absorbing influence from all kinds of genres and eras of music.

Recently the band went through a lineup change, and has emerged stronger than ever before, now featuring drummer Kevin Costa, and multi-instrumentalist Hayden Trafford, and founding members, guitarist & vocalist Myke Penney and bassist Liam Hills.

Their uneasy new song, “Sludge,” was inspired musically by bands like Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, grunge era type stuff, and features fuzz pedals galore. “Sludge” was just a working title at first, but it ended up fitting so well with the vibe of the song. Sludge was a perfect metaphor for the toxic behaviour that’s mentioned in the lyrics.

The lyrics are almost like some creepy old dude giving you a warning about toxic behaviour, but it’s very vague and could even sound like a conspiracy theory to someone, but they warn that the sludge (toxicity) is in everyone, and you’ve gotta keep it in check or it will consume you and you will become a monster/slave to the sludge.

Not long after the release of their debut EP, The Black River, the band was nominated for and won “Best Rock” at the 2018 Mississauga Music Awards. Since their initial release, The Jailbirds have drawn comparisons to the likes of Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Deep Purple, Monster Truck, Royal Blood and other such bands. They have molded the rock genre into something entirely their own while absorbing influence from all kinds of genres and eras of music.

The Jailbirds are a force of nature that you need to pay attention to. Off the back of their 2021 concept EP ‘Jungle’, The Jailbirds have been featured on FM radio, Top Spotify Curated Playlists (such as Hard Rock/Rock Faves/Best Rock 2020) & online publications globally such as Guitar World Magazine. Recently the band went through a lineup change, and has emerged stronger than ever before, now featuring drummer Kevin Costa, and multi-instrumentalist Hayden Trafford, and founding members, guitarist & vocalist Myke Penney and bassist Liam Hills.

A band you need to see live, The Jailbirds are known for their on-stage heavy hitting sound and their love of a good, loud rock show. What you can expect from The Jailbirds is a sound that is Nostalgic Yet Fresh. Pulling influence from Rock n’ Roll legends of the past 60+ years. Old School meets new School, the best of both worlds.

The Jailbirds – Sludge

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