Jaill has released three full-length records since 2009, the last two — 2010’s That’s How We Burn and 2012’s Traps — for Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. According to the band’s website, its latest was “recorded throughout 2011 in (frontman Vinnie) Kircher’s crummy, poorly lit basement, with minimal gear and a control room of thrift store afghans.” It’s easy to hear that context on the resulting record —11 happy-go-lucky tunes that recall the ragged glory of classic ’90s Indie Rock.Traps crests early with “Perfect Ten,” a Psych Pop gem that brings to mind a less ornate version of Beulah, one of the great under-appreciated acts of relatively recent vintage.
That’s preceded by “Everyone’s a Bitch,” which opens with this lyrical salvo: “Everyone’s a bitch tonight/I must admit that I feel like I want to die.” Yet when delivered via Kircher’s pinched, laconic vocals and the band’s loosely applied jangle, we don’t believe for a second anyone associated with Jaill would follow through on such a dire threat.
JAILL plays Saturday, Oct. 19 with The Grotesque Blooms at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine. Check out performance times and get venue details here.