Saturday, September 1, 2007


Originally released on the short-lived Hawker Records label, Jaybird was a great improvement from TOKEN ENTRY's prior release, From Beneath The Street. It was the second full length from these hardcore skatepunks, and the music fell somewhere between the New York Hardcore sound and a more traditional skatepunk racket. Variety wasn't really the strong point of Jaybird. Rather, they relied on a good formula of fun, semi-melodic hardcore songs with the odd mosh part here and there. Check out the first track, "The Fire" with it's blistering, sweeping riff that kicks in to overdrive once the drums set a blazing rhythm. "Integrity" almost sounds like a MISFITS song, which is a nice break from the monotony of the rest of the album. They also include a fun, but unnecessary version of "Born To Be Wild".

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