Jesse

Indestructible

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Pope broke up before their debut LP, Pope John Paul George Ringo, could be released -- only the terrific "Alone" appeared on the Best Punk Rock in Britain compilation -- but finally, former Leatherface fireball Frankie Stubbs emerges with a band, Jesse. And Indestructible is frankly fierce and furious, proving for the third time that Stubbs can still call up Leatherface's fearsome edge and melodic punk might at will with whatever crew he assembles. The title chorus surges; Stubbs' congested bear growl is placated somewhat by female backing singer Keri McCormick, and the guitar riffs spew out sore and heated. Awesome! The B-side, "Room," is every bit as searing and perhaps even more satisfying, thanks to the tugging trills of guitar that tag through it and typically melancholic lyrics, the choruses repeating, "I'll never get over you" (reminiscent of Leatherface's stunning "Dreaming") with much emotion. Also fabulous! Clearly, this sound deserves better than a puny seven inches of plastic!