by Marisa Losciale (@marisalosc)
When Jacuzzi Boys' latest album Ping Pong was initially released I didn’t know how to feel about it, but the more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. Ping Pong is an obvious ode to the band exploring and growing their sound. The fast-paced power-pop element has been submerged into a lo-fi garage rock solution, especially prevalent on tracks like “New Cross” and “Can't Fight Forever.”
Ping Pong is a fun album with added experimental extras symbolic of the bands growth. The (almost expected) upbeat power-pop we’ve come to know and love by Jacuzzi Boys is somewhat lost throughout this record, and that’s not a totally terrible thing. The band know how to experiment without completely changing their sound and they clearly have fun doing it. The slammin’ bass lines in songs like “Easy Motion” are reminiscent of the party-punk sound featured on other albums like Glazin' and Happy Damage. Even though songs like “Zoo” and “Iodine” are a step away from the traditional Jacuzzi Boys sound, they not only work, but also help tie the album together from start to finish.
Would I like to hear more of the party rock I’ve spent countless hours dancing too? Yes. Am I disappointed? Not even in the slightest. I’m beyond excited to see what the future holds for Jacuzzi Boys.