In an email announcing the release of Burnout, The James Rocket write "Here's a new album, released four years after the previous, and 'only' a year later than anticipated. Rather than calling it 'belated', how about we just say it's 'finely tuned'?"
Burnout is definitely finely tuned. It's a collection of twelve killer indie rock songs that throw back to the glory days of Sebadoh and Guided by Voices. It's filled with wonderfully lo-fi indie power pop rock songs. A song like "Up All Night" is a bouncy, high energy burst that has the potential to be an absolute anthem live... if we ever get to go to live shows again. Even a mid-tempo semi-ballad like "Dancing In My Paint" has this odd, jerky energy seething under it. What I'm truly enjoying about the songs on Burnout is how they perfectly straddle the straightforward alt-rock sound with the quirkier side of indie rock. Staying firmly inside of both keeps the album really interesting, and one I'll be going back to repeatedly for the rest of the year.
You can listen to "Up All Night" below. Burnout is available now on The James Rocket's Bandcamp. For more on The James Rocket, check out the band's website.