Hank Jones

Saturdays of Thunder

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As if it weren't confusing enough for a hardcore band to name themselves after the famed jazz pianist Hank Jones, this quartet from western Pennsylvania does itself very few favors with its competent, but far from surprising recycling of usual genre devices (think Madball, Minor Threat, etc.). Sure, singer Mike Torti packs one of those perfectly hoarse shouting voices that classic hardcore absolutely thrives on, and his bandmates back him with similarly time-tested verve and simplicity. But then what? Aside from the slight novelty offered by humorously upbeat songs such as "Punch It Chewy," "Preaching to the Choir of Molested Boys," and "Pizza Party" to counter the familiar bouts of old-school social commentary/calls to action ("Get Pissed," "World of Deception," "Hands Tied") and new-school post-emo relationship angst ("Where Did It Go?," "125 Chestnut"), there's simply not enough here to separate Jank Jones from the faceless hardcore masses. And with barely 23 minutes of playing time to latch onto, it's unlikely too many enthusiasts of the genre will be converted to the band's cause with this release.

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