It’d be easy to simply compare Stay Clean Jolene to Leatherface, Broccoli, Snuff, and Annalise and leave it at that. And, truthfully, it wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Stay Clean Jolene absolutely boils down the best of what its English predecessors has given us into a wonderfully concise, immediately memorable package. But there’s more at work here than all of that. There’s an accessibility that the aforementioned legends often lacked. A knack for wheat-over-chaff that pummels with hooks, at times reminiscent of Hot Water Music’s Cautionor perhaps even The Loved Ones’ Keep Your Heart: big, succinct anthems that expertly balance grit and sheen. Here’s hoping that Stay Clean Jolene can make a deservedly huge splash on both sides of the pond, because this is a band and a record that should appeal to all walks under our giant punk umbrella.
–Dave William (Dead Broke / Drunken Sailor / Eager Beaver, eagerbeaver.shop-pro.jp / JSNTGM)