Scranton PA-based Jay Luke has been making rock n’ roll music for almost two decades now. The veteran rocker has played with a litany of who’s who’s, including Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and Joey Belladonna. His latest singles “Trapped In Your Cell”, “Side Effects” and “Keep Your Head Kid” continue his trend of offering edgy, powerful, socially conscious rock music.
Jay Luke – Trapped In Your Cell
One cannot help but applaud Jay Luke for the socially conscious nature of his lyrics. In a medium such as rock n’ roll it can be very easy for a band to recycle platitudes about partying and clichés about life on the road. For Luke to make his lyrical message about spreading education and awareness is quite a commendable decision. And it pays off in spades, not only because it separates him from the pack; but also because his lyrics provides a depth to his music that might not be present otherwise. While the songs are well written and well produced, there are definitely some formulaic aspects of the writing and arranging. Repetition of arrangement and structure can be a detractor, but as previously mentioned, these potential pitfalls are offset by the magnitude of the lyrical concepts.
“Keep Your Head Up Kid” finds Luke taking a lyrical left turn and exploring love and loss. As a steady pulse made up of acoustic guitar, bass, and drums keeps the beat moving, Luke discusses the pain of parting ways with a former love. Electric guitar augments the arrangement with fills in the verse and chords in the chorus. While perhaps not as impactful as his more socially conscious work, “Keep Your Head Up Kid” serves as sonic palette cleanser.
Jay Luke’s unique brand of rock n’ roll makes an instant impact on anyone who hears it, and we hope he continues making music for a long time to come!