Lionize Jetpack Soundtrack on LP
Four piece Maryland-based rock group Lionize has signed to Weathermaker Music (the label that has, up until now, served as the exclusive platform for Clutch and individual band member related side projects) for the release of their fifth album Jetpack Soundtrack. The album features 11 new tracks and was jointly produced by Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and Machine (Lamb of God, King Crimson) at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey.
Jetpack Soundtrack is the first time Lionize made use of such an extensive process to develop their music. Touring typically left little time in the past to deconstruct and rebuild ideas. This album became more deliberate in terms of crafting the songs. All the songs went through major revisions, something else extremely unusual for Lionize. “There were exponentially more changes than we’ve ever done,” Chris Brooks says. “There are a couple songs that have been through six or seven variations.”
That development was largely the result of the band paying close attention to dynamics. The longer a band is together, maturing as players, the more conscious they become about it, says Nate Bergman. “Great bands learn finesse, when to pull back and pull people in, then release that tension. There’s definitely a focus on that, and that was the goal for us, as far as the listener’s experience - to feel like there’s an interaction.”
The songs still lean toward metaphorical sci-fi, lyrically populated by a wonderfully imagined cast of characters. Musically, though, there’s a greater depth, revealing a creative and performing leap from Superczar And The Vulture. The rhythm section has become more focused, certainly a direct effect of Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster co-producing the album. It’s a better understanding how the moving parts of a song should support its framework to better draw in the listener.
“Breather” is an example of that newfound tightness. The Hammond organ riff builds tension, peaking with a climactic pause, followed by earthy funk verses that explode into a descending riff anchoring the chorus. The title track, “Jetpack Soundtrack,” lives up to its name in that regard, literally launching into a blast-off chorus. “Reality Check” shows precise musicianship, smoothly shifting through the gears and coming out the back end at an exhilarating pace.
Lionize Jetpack Soundtrack Track Listing:
4. Electric Reckoning
5. Jetpack Soundtrack
6. Replaced by Machines
7. Reality Check
8. Lazarus Style
9. Amazing Science Facts
11. Sea of Tranquility