The Jimmy Jax Pinchak Band from Los Angeles emerged onto the blues rock scene this month with their debut album, Make It Better. This five-piece band, fronted by young multi-instrumentalist and actor Jimmy Jax Pinchak, is cutting an interesting path to the sound of their influences, BB King and Eric Clapton. Pinchak, who starred in the recent film Ender’s Game and 2004’s The Polar Express, demonstrates some impressive songwriting capabilities on his debut effort.
Make It Better consists of eight bluesy cuts, recorded with band mates Jacob Delott, Lael Eccard, Nathan Leigh and Stan Nirenberg. The album opener “There Is More” begins with one of Pinchak’s sweeping riffs and develops into a catchy song with a pretty explosive solo. “Tell Me” brings Pinchak’s riffing ability one step further, and his band provides a good backing with the help of an organ and punchy drums.
By the end of the album, it really feels like Pinchak and his band are entering some questionable territory. The track “Draggin’ the Line” sounds a little strained, as Pinchak’s message becomes increasingly repetitive. It’s clear this band has some potential, but they need to rethink their approach on that one. Their cover of Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” really tests the bands instrumental capabilities, and they do the song some justice, but it feels a little forced. It sounds out of place with the mood of the rest of the album.
Ultimately, Make It Better falls short in the oversaturated market of debut albums to make a real big first impression, but that’s not to say it’s a bad record. The instrumental strength of the band provides some enjoyable breakdowns and guitar work. Pinchak undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.
The Review: 7/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– There Is More
– Tell Me
– On The Run
The Big Hit
– There Is More
Review by Ryan Artmann