Kindred spirits: Robert Forster,
Dirty Projectors, Rob Sheffield
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Music fans who also happen to be artists sometimes use other people’s tunes to compose partial autobiographies, whether in the form of an album (David Bowie’s “Pin Ups”) or a book (Nick Hornby’s “Songbook”). The Jet Age doesn’t go that far on “Jukebox Memoir”; singer-guitarist Eric Tischler wrote all 12 songs. But the music ranges more widely than on the local trio’s four previous albums, and the liner notes specify the performers or genres that inspired each number.
The band’s style is grounded in British rock, especially that of the ’80s and ’90s. That’s underscored by the presence of Ride’s Mark Gardener and Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin, who sing on “Come Lie Down.” Yet that lusty song includes a nod to the Beatles’ “Any Time at All,” one of many references to the British Invasion era. The album includes raga-rock filigrees, Who-like flourishes and a Stevie Wonder tribute that lifts a chorus from the Rolling Stones.
A Wonder homage might seem a stretch for the Jet Age, but “Jukebox Memoir” also includes songs inspired by go-go, ABC and Funkadelic. The forays into funk might not be the most convincing tracks, but they do let drummer Pete Nuwayser show he can syncopate as well as slam. And it’s that embellished groove that just might propel the group to the next chapter in its memoir.