Red Jacket Mine has been quietly building up a body of work (two albums so far, including the Ken Stringfellow-produced Lovers Lookout) and gigs (shows with everyone from Alejandro Escovedo and Chuck Prophet to Stringfellow and Hugh Cornwell and Glen Matlock) for the past few years. Now the Seattle trio is gearing up for a major push. This is the second in a series of 7-inches that showcases the band in small doses – sort of a musical handshake, if you will. Leader Lincoln Barr is something of a traditionalist, favoring new wave-ish power pop melodies and savvy lyrics – reminiscent, but not imitative, of Joe Jackson, Elvis Costello and their peers. “Bellar & Bawl” rocks a little harder, while “Grow Your Own” (soul, not pot) mixes in a blue-eyed soul flavor. Both tunes indicate a sophisticated pop palette and a wry sense of humor. A perfect introduction to what sounds like a marvelous band.
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