Listening to alternative rock and rock has been second nature having grown up in the Seattle area. We have a deep-seated love affair with music. So when a band reveals those nostalgic feelings of the first time hearing one of the classics like NIRVANA or Jimi Hendrix, you tend to pay attention. The sibling duo of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt stir up those emotions. The hard hitting, bluesy guitar riffs Chris hammers out combined with Jocelyn’s gravelly, honey-smoked vocals, which are similar to a young Fiona Apple and the talented Grace Potter, are wonderfully matched.
The intense chemistry between the Cambridge-based siblings, having played together for years travelling the country at festivals including SXSW, CMJ and Sundance, shows through in the balance of their first single, “Footprints on the Moon”. With the help of Danny Louis of Gov’t Mule on a Hammond organ, the bluesy, soul track is the rife with sultry, smoky vocals and jagged, stinging guitars. It is a racy, sexy song that drives the entirety of their sophomore album, GO, forward.
Even though there is an expectation of a continuation of hard-hitting rock anthem tracks, and there are quite a few, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt do know how to bring it down with a lovely piano-driven ballad in “Shine”. The detour from the anthemic rock songs shows their ability to diversify. Throughout the album, Jocelyn is pedal down without letting up, but “Shine” shows off her tender, sensual aspects of her classic, powerful rock vocals. It is a wonderful contrast.
The 12-track GO is a fun updated rock roller coaster that is everything that you could want. Fun, unadulterated guitar riffs and killer, powerhouse vocals. Do not pass up on Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. They are worth the price of admission.
You will be able to pick up GO by Jocelyn & Chris Arndt on May 5, 2017, but you can pre-order the album on iTunes now.
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