Indie rock/punk hybrid the '92 Blue Jays show a lot of potential on two-song EP.
Why lie? We gravitated toward this record only because the ’92 Blue Jays have the best name of any band we’ve ever encountered. Thankfully, they’re also a pretty solid group. Their two-song EP, Victors, may be brief, but it makes the most of its time.
The band’s bio describes them as “Major League Punk,” and that’s not totally inaccurate, but really they’re more of a hybrid than anything. In the past couple of years, punk and indie rock have started to merge back together after years apart. Like local heroes METZ or UK-based blog favourites Eagulls, the ’92 Blue Jays blend punk with elements of indie rock and hints of old-school anthemic power metal to create a unique, hazy, lo-fi sound.
“Clean-Up Crew” is far and away the punkier of the two songs. With an heavy, driving, distorted bass line, menacing vocals, and an amazing shout-along gang chorus, there’s a lot to love here. It’s fun and noisy and energetic. (You can listen to “Clean-Up Crew” by clicking on the sample above.)
“A-Z” is considerably more indie-leaning—the vocals are more melodic, the guitars janglier. That said, it’s still boppy and fun.
There’s not a lot of music on Victors, and the whole thing could have been mixed better, but there’s also a lot of potential here. The ’92 Blue Jays write interesting, high-energy tunes, and they’d probably be a ton of fun to catch live.