19: Songs For & Inspired By Valencia Chapter 19
Fire Note Says: Jen Schande shows her solo stuff on this entertaining mini-album inspired by the writings of Michelle Tea.
The music world is a better place with a free spirited indie troubadour like Jen Schande cranking out alt-rock tunes like it was 1994 all over again. This 8 song outing was inspired by the counter-culture memoir, Valencia, written by Michelle Tea and drives straight at you with its angular guitars, revved up vocal delivery and plenty of cocky attitude.
The best part of 19 is that it never stays in one place for long and shows off many sides of Schande as "Nice Fez" is a solid indie rocker while "Ghost Power" is more in your face with Schande's vocals almost hitting a scream as the music pulses out of control with a catchy guitar riff. The album has several short intro type pieces which add intrigue but then near the end has "A Different Kind Of Stripped Down (A Different Kind Of Tease)" which is a calm and peaceful strumming instrumental track that really ties everything together as Schande showcases a completely different side of her talents.
I am not sure where this solo mini-album will lead Jen Schande but I would really like to see her expand the ideas here into a more realized full length. Her energetic spirit, knack for unique and carefree lyrical expression could lead to something that the indie world totally embraces.
Key Tracks: "Nice Fez", "I Really Like Sonic Youth, And I Really Want To Have Sex With You", "Ghost Power"
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony