There are two bands from the original Star Wars trilogy that have grown in infamy since their debut some 40-45 years ago. The first to capture the hearts and minds of America was Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, or more commonly and colloquially known as the Cantina Band. Who can forget their bouncing banger that defined the genres of jizz* and jatz and whose bulbous heads and matching black outfits inspired the Blue Man Group?**
The second band is the Max Rebo Band who played at Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi whose performance was tragically interrupted as Jabba decided to sacrifice one of his dancers to his pet rancor mid-set. Despite the tragedy, no one could forget their charisma, the hype man who looked like the grownup version of the Honey Comb cereal mascot, and beautiful, blue Max Rebo banging away on his organ.
It’s not every day that you come across a band whose swagger could rival that of these two iconic bands. Say what you will about the bad CGI that was added in the ‘90s, but they had a charisma to them that was unmatched. And it’s in my pseudo-professional opinion that Jumpmonk echos a similar vibe as these bands on this EP.
Luckily for Jumpmonk, their vocals aren’t a fraction as whiny as Sy Snootles, and their melodies don’t get on your nerves as easily as a clarinet-fronted jizz band. Without a doubt, Jumpmonk would be the house band at a cyber-punk jazz club, and that’s the best way I can describe Reprise EP by Jumpmonk without knowing anything technical about music.
*if you didn't know, this is what it's actually called
**this isn't substantiated by any source