Friday, July 10, 2009

Review: Colin Healy and the Jetskis "...Or Just Don't Go" [EP]

If someone came up to you and said that a band won the Skittles "Down To The Core" video contest on Buzznet, would you be eager to hear their music? Taste the rainbow, anyone? Well here we have the winners, Colin Healy and the Jetskis, who just released their new 5-track EP, "...Or Just Don't Go".

Colin Healy and the Jetskis do kind of remind me of Skittles - crunchy outer shell surrounding a sweet and sour softspot. Pretty flavorful, but you only want to eat a handful and not the whole bag. The EP comes off like an innocent ode to the bittersweet roller coaster of high school romance. Youngsters are going to relate to the lyrical content with much greater enthusiasm than others, and probably mind less that Colin Healy and the Jetskis are just treading water.

The music is categorized as youth pop with an indie edge...there is some truth to this and they align very well with bands like Dashboard Confessional (largely due to strong similarities in Healy's vocal tone and inflections) and recently reviewed All Time Low (click here). They've even shared a stage with the latter.

Highlights include the title track and "The One", but the rest just kind of get lost in the mix. The other songs aren't bad by any means, but they are not screaming out to be replayed anytime soon. Still, I think it is a pretty solid debut for their age and it will be interesting to see and hear how Colin and the guys evolve. The hooks need to be sharper, the harmonies more creative, and the lyrics more original.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2

Colin Healy and the Jetskis on MySpace. Get it.

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