-We play Powersynth,says the XTC loving singer/keyboardist Hop Litzwire in the band AOJ about their own music,Hop is the motor of this band,the heart in this body or if you would call it the muscle in this music...he produces,writes and plays some awesome synthesizers! AOJ used to be called BobGoblin and did 2 albums with MCA before the fallout with the label,then in 99 Hop and his band Adventures of Jet released the indie CD "Coping with Insignificance" but it took 4 more years to find the right sound for the band AOJ and so with this new piece of work titled "Muscle",everything falls into place and it?s a lovely powerpop album indeed.
I come to think about Nik Kershaw in some sort of way, and not his hits "The riddle" and "I won?t let the sun go down on me"...ohno,there?s so much more to Kershaw and his wonderful harmony changes that I haven?t heard anyone coming near until now with AOJ.
If Midge Ure(Ultravox) and Nik Kershaw would sit down over a cup of coffee and say,-let?s do a synth oriented popalbum,the result would be Hop Litzwire and Co,this Little Rock based Arkansas trio has the highest cool factor around and if I could send them an apple pie over the internet to say THANK YOU,they would be sitting eating it at this very moment.
Tony Jannotta played the bass earlier but have now taken the 6 strings over his shoulder and the new member Omar Yeefoon will fill in on the bass Live!, playing the drums is Rob Avsharian and I don?t know if I?m a fool writing this but he sure do sound like Bev Bevan of E.L.O....call me crazy or anything like that but it?s not that outta line!
"Emily Mazurinsky" was the first tune I heard at mp3.com and I was in their fluffy 80?s world right away,it?s always refreshing to hear someone who dares to write anything that doesn?t sound like Linkin Park, P.O.D or Korn. Mostly I go back to A Flock of Seagulls as a reference when I hear melodic pop sounding like the 80?s,but that changes now with AOJ because here after I will have Hop and the guys as the main reference if there will pop up any new 80?s sounding powerpop bands......take for instance the 3 minute instrumental intro that goes over into the swinging "Run charger",imagine yourself being locked in a room full of synthesizers and a 6-pack & the final result would be these first 7 minutes of the record. "Orchids" and "Drag" is nothing else but pure popmagic a la Kershaw and about Nik the man, I just had this wonderful idea about having AOJ doing a new version of his splendid song "You might" from the album "The riddle" and people only remembers that hit,so it deserves a life in the future and who could be better doing that than Hop Litzwire,yeah!
Sick and tired of all modern rock/numetal bands that sound the same??!!....the adventure is waiting for you and it?s jet driven!