"Take Your Time" By Jasper The Colossal (Dayton, OH)/Garage Rock/Released Feb 2016
For the better part of a decade Dayton, Ohio’s Jasper The Colossal has been performing and touring their brand of punk-leaning alt rock to much positive reception. Formed in 2008 as a four piece, the band is now a trio comprised of bassist/lead vocalist Paige Beller, guitarist Moriah Yux, and drummer Sarah Kouse. The group has released one EP, Prehistoric, and two albums:2012′s Liar and 2016′s Take Your Time.
The band takes many cues from 90s alternative and indie rock. Upbeat compositions come in abundance with catchy vocal melodies beefed up by adept usage of backing vocals. The body moving, punk tempos are imbued with a sense of depth with the heartfelt lyricism of Paige Beller. Beller’s voice balances relatable emotion with confident grit that harks back to bands such as The Donnas and The Runaways.
Take Your Time displays a great leap in songwriting quality from the band’s previous effort Liar. Compared to the band’s previous work there is a much greater diversity in song structures and tempos and a greater ear for catchy hooks. The power pop choruses and accessibility never feel cheesy with the strong vocal performances and lyrical quality on display with every track. While most of the tracks deal with the familiar themes of relationships and twenty-something angst, the band finds their own unique way to discuss these topics.
The album opens with “Slayer Kinney”, the title a homage to one of their likely influences,Sleater Kinney, it features an infectiously catchy guitar riff and vocal melodies that display frontwoman Paige Beller’s range. “I’m Awake” slows the tempo down and is a more moody track featuring well performed vocal harmonies and a simpler lyrical structure emphasizing repetition. Personal favorite “Warm Body” is the most punk sounding track of the record with an upbeat rhythm, more distorted bass and guitar than other tracks, and the song’s title gang shouted for the chorus making it ripe for live audience participation.
Jasper The Colossal’s growth as a band is more evident than ever with this latest release. Balancing adept songwriting with earworm pop hooks, and strong vocal performances from all three members. Take Your Time is the magnum opus of their career thus far. Balancing the realms of punk, indie, and hard rock, Jasper The Colossal prove they’re more than just another girl group.