TRACK REVIEW: Jack Name’s “Born to Lose”



Los Angeles based Jack Name’s debut album Light Show will be out on January 21st via Drag City’s God? label.  I’m personally very excited for this record to drop, but until then you can quench your curiosity with our track review coverage featuring “Born to Lose,” a dirty garage number that stirs up a wealth of reference points.

“Born to Lose” is at once heavy and ambient, with a distorted guitar intro and screechy vocals reminiscent of Stiv Bators and Jack White.  This is a song of subdued chaos–never reaching explosive levels of raucousness, yet leaving no space between the instruments and vocals.  Even when the squealing guitars break there is a constant influx of background singing which reaches chipmunk frequency.

The production on this song reminds me of Joe Meek meets John Peel, totally stripped down and yet dizzying at the same time, and Jack Name’s former work with Ariel Pink makes sense entirely.  We can’t wait to see what the rest of Light Show has to offer.

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