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Love Buzz (2003)

For a brief history lesson on Jobe you need look no further than the following sentence, and you’d struggle to mine any further information from another source. They moved to Manchester from the Blackburn area in 2001, got their heads down and gigged harder than most other bands, they quietly posted CD’s to every industry name they could find and somebody took notice.

There you go, no need for the endorsement of City Life or the Northern Quarter’s elite, just honest hard work.

Released on All Action Figure records, the “Love Buzz – EP”, is a three track collection of simple, melodic, poppy rock. Produced by Mr Peter Hook, no less.

The opening track “Love Buzz”, is a romantic rant. The distorted finger picking running through into the odd cymbal crash, joined in good time by the bass allows for a slow build into the lyrical charge which relies of repetition for it’s effect. “I think of you as…..” is the opening to pretty much every line allowing for the insertion if such words as “summer”, “rain”, “magic”, “stars” etc. according to the quality of the ryhme.

Not the most poetic but certainly consistent. It’s a decent song but hasn’t really got enough to throw you across the room.

“Wildfire 18” on the other hand has everything that you should look for in a band who have been billed as heirs to the Puressence and Stone Roses crown. The jangle pop element is definitely still lingering around what is a very confidently written song. Hooky contributed with the overdubbing of vocals to provide the heart-thumping chorus, which is only a bonus as the song has that quality any way.

“Morning Sun” is the final instalment and it sees Jobe rocking out a bit more, in that sensitive way that makes you think they rehearse in a terrace.

They can play as loud as they like as long as it doesn’t scare the children and your granny can whistle it. It’s another really good effort but that boot hasn’t yet been stuck in and we’re left with mere affection rather than passion. The bedroom songwriting quality that breeds most good indie bands is right here, in abundance, but there’s still that urge to shake Jobe and ask them to really let go once in a while.

Source: Rob Allen (ManchesterMusic)