Jon Lantic: Jon Lantic Review

Jon Lantic is the self-titled debut release from South African musician Jon Lantic. Prior to launching a solo career, Lantic was a member of the garage rock duo, The Parlor Vinyls. Not only did Lantic write and perform vocals, guitar, bass, keys, and more on the album, he produced it as well and co-mixed it with Christiaan Rossouw.

Things kick off with “2Twenty2,” which has a garage rock riff that is complimented by keys entering at about 15 seconds in. Jon Lantic has a sound that will remind some of Jack White both with his vocals and musically. “Message Through Sound” is a definite stand out with its crunchy riff, which ends up closing with a rip roaring solo. “Don’t You Know” follows and changes the pace going in the acoustic direction. “Marching Straight To The Enemy” showcases Lantic’s chops on keys and then “Woman” goes back into garage rock territory. Lantic definitely shows he can rock on the album, but he also blends that garage rock style well with more mellow sounds such as on “The Olive Tree,” a definite feel good track.

Sometimes it feels like great artists just fall out of the sky to us at Blues Rock Review. That appears to be the case with Jon Lantic. With artists like Dan Patlansky at the forefront of blues rock in South Africa, it seems Lantic is another South African act to watch closely. Jon Lantic is a well rounded debut from a multi-talented artist. If you’re into bluesy garage rock look no further, Jon Lantic delivers in spades.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Message Through Sound
– Don’t You Know
– The Olive Tree
– Who Do You Think You Are

The Big Hit

– Message Through Sound

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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