Wednesday, March 15, 2023

JATK - "Don't Come Knockin'"

Photo by Amber Primm

JATK (the musical project of Boston's Matt Jatkola) has released a new single that is a reworking of a B-side from last year. "Don't Come Knockin'" first was released as a B-side for "Don't Call." It's a gloriously 60's sounding single that mixes old school pop and soul with a modern DIY indie rock vibe. There is an insane smoothness to the song with a slight modern edge to it. It's paired with a video that is presented as lost footage from the band's appearance on The Dick Griffin Goodtime Hour, which just amplifies the 60's vibes. Of course, the whole package has a distinctly 90's vibe. It's the kind of video that would have gone straight into the Buzz Bin, and has that perfect 90's thing where it's both a parody and a tribute to TV of that day.

Matt Jatkola says of the new song:

“It's a song about not feeling like the other person is ‘for real’ in a relationship – that you're in a non-reciprocal situation, a one-sided deal, they're playing games while you're being sincere, that sort of thing. Now you're fed up with their lack of fortitude and you're like, ‘If you're gonna knock, you'd better be there when I open the door!’ I find this dynamic way more in friendships than in romantic relationships, but it's meant to be taken any way the listener desires. It is fully inspired by old school ‘60s R&B production that you'd hear on a Temptations or Smokey Robinson record back in the day.” 

You can watch the video for "Don't Come Knockin'" below. For more on JATK, check out the artist on Facebook and Instagram.

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