Jordan and his twelve closest friends he likes to call his apostles, got together with an idea: write and record an entire album from start to finish within 24 hours. He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus, but there are some eerie similarities.* The result of their effort: Volume I by A Really Really Cool Band. ()
The album covers a broad range of genres, from screamo and metal to sea shanties and everything in between. Many of these songs remind me of the short blink-182 interludes that are extended bathroom humor. My personal favorite is hands down the last track, “Crunch Wrap Supreme,” which is an ode to the confusing yet delicious relationship every millennial man has with Taco Bell.
If you are familiar with and liked Jordan’s previous musical projects (Cinders’ first two albums, and How They Fall), then you’re in luck. “Let It Ride,” “Spam Call,” “Monsters,” and “Left Unread” were a great reminder of why I fell in love with those bands to begin with.
And while there is something to be left desired wondering what this group would be capable of if they took their time to make an album, it’s still a blast to listen to.
The existence of Volume I suggests Volume II is coming. Is this group of people that insane to do it again? We’ll see.
*Okay, there were only eleven friends, some of which have names that sound like they're one of Snow White's seven dwarves.
**That is the actual name. I'm not just giving them a compliment.