Jape – Hands of Fire / Lying on a Deathbed (Single Review)

What ever your taste in music, there’s little to no chance you haven’t come across and enjoyed the mighty Jape over the past few years. Ever since the release of their second album, The Monkeys in the Zoo have More Fun Than Me in 2004, Jape’s appeal and presence on the Irish scene has been growing at a rapid rate. In 2009 the band won the Choice Music Prize for their third album, Ritual and now they’re back to do it all over again. Titled Ocean of Frequency, the group’s fourth album is due to come out in September but you don’t have to wait for new music as the band has just released the album’s first double A-side single.

Hands of Fire is a welcoming boost of energy from the band that does it better than anyone else. No first single from Richie Egan is going to have anything less than an upbeat, catchy as sin chorus, a perfect, striking bass line and an appealing ‘we should go raving’ quality. Lying on a Deathbed comes from the opposite end of the Jape spectrum. Gentle, busy but dreamlike and placid. Fine home grown lyrics with the occasional eye raising naughty thrown in from time to time. Overall, a perfect complement to Hands of Fire.

No denying it now, the return of Jape has begun. Prepare for show announcements and get ready for an album that’s promising to be one of the best we’ll hear this year. Listen to Hands of Fire / Lying on a Deathbed now @ Jape’s Official Soundcloud

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