Album Review: Jaya The Cat – “A Good Day For The Damned”
Jaya The Cat might only recently have been making waves in the UK, but the Boston band have actually been around for close on two decades now. A Good Day For The Damned is their fifth album and should see them consolidating the ground they’ve gained in recent years.
Confession time – I’ve only heard two of the band’s four albums prior to this, their 1999 debut O’Farrell and their third album, 2007’s More Late Night Transmissions With… On those albums, they took the ska-punk template and added a vitriolic dose of street-punk to it that recalled And Out Come The Wolves era Rancid – never a bad thing.
However, Late Night Transmissions is now a decade old and O’Farrell almost another decade again, meaning as you’d expect A Good Day For The Damned is a more mellow and mature affair. However, Jaya The Cat may be growing old gracefully, but the old fire is definitely still there as evidenced by the political diatribe of A Rough Guide To The Future. Elsewhere though, there’s definitely some musical growth taking place with the rock ‘n’ roll stylings of Streets Of Shoreditch and the string-drenched Drunk Balloon, recalling the Urban Voodoo Machine’s willingness to branch out more than anything else. The subject matter is generally a bit mellower too, with Huddersfield Rain and Just Leave Me There being full of the heady joys of lazy summer days, while the one-two of Sunday Morning and the title track celebrate those Saturday nights that are still going strong at 11am the next day.
All in all, while it may lack the bite of their earlier work a bit, A Good Day For The Damned is still a decent effort from Jaya The Cat, which should serve as a good starting point for those new to them, while keeping the older fans happy.
Hand on heart, it isn't quite as good as More Late Night Transmissions which is still my favourite Jaya The Cat album. However, if you can accept that this group are maybe starting to see the light amongst the shade as they get older then A Good Day For The Damned is a good album for both getting drunk on Saturday night and recovering on Sunday morning. Worth investigating.