Fronted by Gabriel Hart (the explosive frontman and mastermind behind
the now defunct LA noir punks The Starvations), Jail Weddings is often
described as "Nick Cave fronting The Shangri-Las." The band has
carefully crafted these 13 songs over a three year period (since their
actual inception in the summer of 2007), to be released this October on
the still skidding heels of two sold out singles and last year's
critically acclaimed EP, Inconvenient Dreams (White
Sure they may siphon from the 60's pool, but do not confuse Jail
Weddings as any kind of mere throwback act. The sphere of influence is
vast, from the grandiose Scott Walker-esque soundscape of the album's
existential opener "How Am I Alive?" to the E-Street Band gone to Hell
epic "I Thought You Were Someone I Knew", to the Sparks meets Meatloaf
bombastic melodrama of "What Did You Do With My Gun?", the band proves
its sound is unique as it is limitless.
Though vastly theatrical in its scope, Love Is Lawless is
sprinkled with moments of quieter reprieve as well, with Hart's folksy
"One Of These Days?" where he and his vocal bookends (Katya Hubiak and
Jada Wagensomer) simply gather around one single acoustic guitar.
"Eavesdroppin' finds Hart and band arranger Brad Caulkins (of LA based
band Fool's Gold) drunken busking free-jazz under a brooding vocal,
before the impending "Staring At The Stars" suddenly sneaks up from
beneath, making the album explode back into high gear till its
unnerving, determined conclusion "The Impossible".