I know, I know. I’m a little late hopping on the whole Jay Reatard bandwagon, but only by 5 minutes. For those of you who have also missed the wagon (because you tried to ford the river and your fucking oxen died… should have just paid the toll) Jay Reatard is a garage punk rocker who appeals to both to those obnoxious punk kids and those god awful boring ass hipsters.
I was pleasantly surprised by the “Matador Singles ’08”. Say what you want about Jay (I’ve heard many claim he’s a dick), but the man knows how to write some damn good hooks. The songs are ridiculiously catchy, with plenty of crunchy guitars and infectious choruses, as proven on tracks such as “See/Saw” and “Always Wanting More”.
I’m not too familiar with Jay’s other work, but if it’s anything like this collection of singles, I’ll definitely be sharing it with you all soon.