Jack Skuller, pretty crazy little story attached to this one, seems like Jack entered a song competition in NJ, someone from indie label pioneers, Bar-None Records heard him and this single was on the books. Pretty impressive for someone definitely not even old enough to get into some of the clubs he's playing.
The A-Side ' Love is a drum', is ultra-cleanly recorded by Daniel Rey, who's produced Ramones and The Misfits to name a few and it fits his punchy pop rock sound. It's a callback to 50's rockabilly, that simpler musical time of innuendo and metaphor, I don't know what Jack's been listening to, but I'd bet he's drawing on some experienced influence. Ira Elliot from Nada Surf takes this drum centric theme to heart with a bouncy tom rhythm.
The B-Side 'Magical Girl' gets a little slow rock ballad-y, it's jarring to hear these vocals going for such a serious relationship narrative. It just begs the question of how connected he is to the content. The chorus is impressive produced pop, I can't deny he's a one of a kind songwriter at his age already. It's just going to be hard to follow up in the coming years.
I think the difficult thing here is going to be keeping up with Jack, I mean he's young, his vocals are going to change...like Ben Lee, how do you rise above a novelty? It could be a tough sell to be listening to him after this phase of his life changes him vocally. If you're into it you have to catch him while he's young and still performing this kind of super produced simple pop.
This is out on Bar None this very day.
Teen rocker JACK SKULLER is equally passionate about the melodies of the Beatles and the energy of the Ramones. A song Jack wrote, the irresistibly catchy "Love Is A Drum" propelled him to first place in a 101.5 FM sponsored statewide talent show. Jack soon caught the ear of Bar/None Records owner Glenn Morrow while performing at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival. "Love Is A Drum," a timeless rockabilly anthem was produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones, Ronnie Spector) and features Nada Surf's Ira Elliot on drums. Insistent and forceful, rock and roll begins again with rock's new young heart.