Formed in the early 70's, the JPT Scare Band was quite the underground phenomena recording their extended jam sessions on reel-to-reel tape decks in a basement. Nothing got put down to physical form for public consumption until the two vinyl releases Acid Acetate Excursion (1994) and Rape Of Titan's Sirens (1998). With the release of Sleeping Sickness in 2000, the Scare Band went into rotation on FM stations WFMU and WNYU in New York. Later, in 2007, some rock archeologist, digging into the roots of metal, considered JPT one of lost pioneers of heavy metal.
With the release of Acid Blues is the White's Man Burden on the upstart Ripple Music label you can get a sense of this history, and enjoy some seriously fuzzed out heavy blues rock. The foundation of Scarce Band's music is classic American blues informed by 70's heavier rock and stirred up by Terry Swope's aggressive, ambitious, and quite formidable fret work. The material here is culled unrelased tracks and extended jam sessions.
For a sense of those heady tape deck jam sessions Stone House Blues and Amy's Blue Day are pure archival pieces. Combining a more fundamental heavy rock sound with the blues is the opener Long Day. Heavy blues grips the rather creepy Son House cover Death Letter 2001. However, for pure retro acid rock blues the title track is the killer cut here. Swope plays in the spirit of Hendrix, the skill of Clapton, and imagination of Page as he works his fret board with relentless, mind bending enthusiasm.
Bands of many genres, blues, heavy rock, psychedelia, stoner to name only a few, owe a debt to JPT Scare's 40 year legacy. For an authentic glimpse of true acid blues heavy rock look no farther than JPT Scarce Band's Acid Blues is the White's Man Burden. You won't find anybody else doing anything quite like this today. Recommended.
For an authentic glimpse of true acid blues heavy rock look no farther than JPT Scarce Band's Acid Blues is the White's Man Burden. You won't find anybody else doing anything quite like this today.
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