UK rock crew Monster Jaw nationally release their debut EP, Get A Tattoo, on Cobra Kitten Records/Code 7 on Monday 30 June.
Spawned in early 2013 by charismatic front-man and chief songwriter Mik Davis along with bassist Neil Short and tubthumper John Bradford, Monster Jaw hail from the gritty northern cities of Leeds and Newcastle. Drawing inspiration from their blue collar surroundings, the trio also pull influence from the song writing wizardry of Neil Young and Kurt Cobain through to the moody garage rock musings of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the post-grunge drive of Stone Sour.
Over the past year, the animated upstarts have toured throughout the UK serving up a resonant and atmospheric post-garage punk sound that is coupled with a tight, electrifying stage show. Successful supports with Stiff Little Fingers and New Model Army on their UK tours have only furthered the band, along with lauded acclaim from Big Cheese Magazine, heavy rotation from BBC introducing and widespread underground radio.
Monster Jaw also have a strong DIY ethos and decided to self release their debut EP, Get A Tattoo, on their own record label Cobra Kitten Records. With national distribution set up for this and future releases, the band have the resources to take their music to the next level. The assiduous three-piece drafted in London-based Belgian producer Wes Maebe (The Libertines, Roger Waters and Robert Plant) to work on their debut EP and his expertise really shines on what is a formidable record. The EP’s namesake Get A Tattoo gets things rolling, showcasing the trio’s deft ability to lay down an alluring slab of post-garage rock that packs a highly contagious refrain. The driving punk rock givings of We Don’t Care About Anything is next up, highlighting the band’s raw sincerity and authenticity. Lastly, Summer Girl, with its atmospheric groove and soaring vocals, shifts gears and tips its hat to The Pixies in passing. Now armed with a killer record, Monster Jaw are set to raise the bar with further touring throughout the UK.