"Rising from the ashes of Grade with a punk rock grin, Jersey
is picking up speed here on their major label debut, "Generation
After two independent releases and a number of excursions on the Warped
Tour, these Canadians seem to be unstoppable on the punk circuit with their
upbeat take on the Rancid formula. They guzzle up the old Bay Area flavor
that we all loved back in the day and spit it out seemingly intent on
rejuvenating the scene with this 15 track speed demon. They're sprightly,
jovial, and enthusiastic - what else would you expect from our neighbors
to the north?"
"Listening to songs on this album is almost like
hearing punk rock parables - I'll take that over whining about heartbreak
any day."One Way Street" has got to be my favorite song on the album. The
music is fun, and the lyrics are just too well written as a whole
for me to paraphrase, so definitely do a google search and check
them out - or better yet, get the album and hear it all firsthand.
If good music can stir your heart, you won't regret it."
"Go ahead, sing along. Everyone else
in the bar is. For a record so mercifully free of compressed production
trickery, the plaintive keyboards that chime in for "Crossfire"'s verses are
initially shocking. But it's just Jersey's softer side showing through,
as the cut's chorus is as righteous and empowering as anything on
Generation Genocide. It's right back to a muscular 1977 punk tumble for "One
Way St.," and
the Clash are a natural and welcome reference for the strong hooks
and propulsive rhythms of "Old Bones and Dirty Coffins." Hard work, hard living,
and hard lessons are Genocide's thematic avenues. They meet head-on
for the heartfelt standout "Shop Floor," where Taylor is told in no uncertain
terms by his foreman not to end up a casualty to the company store."
have dished up a pleasing array of bang-on, roots-and-branches punk rock
with Generation Genocide; an album that definitely carries
its own weight. The 14 tracks that grace the album are
chock full of wonderfully distorted guitar bits, full-fledged
runs of deliciously raucous chord melting, and some
wildly apparent bass plucking from John Lubera. Mixed
in with the up-front punk-meets-hard rock concoctions
are some rather deep pockets of melody and attractive
rhythms, especially on title track 'Generation Genocide',
'Violation Detonation', and the lip-smacking 'Lessons'.
Although most punk fans may find the use of keyboards
a little foreign when it comes to this brand of music,
Greg Taylor's keyboard work is right on the mark, and
it doesn't take anything away from any of the track's
" ... a kick ass
fifteen track blast o' punk rock that immediately brought to mind Rancid (especially
in the vocal department). Catchy tunes with sing-a-long choruses and bouncy
bass lines. (...) Jersey are a welcome throwback to Bay
Area style punk.