A big part of achieving originality in music is finding a balance. The melding of styles that influence a band or musician without embracing too much of any single one is vital to harnessing a sound that doesn’t emulate someone else too strongly.
Cranston’s Letters To Jenny has achieved that balance with its new EP, “Glitter and Gore,” which was released on Sept. 21. Vocalist Alyssa Martineau, drummer Chris “Fraggle” Rossi, bassist Sean Connolly and guitarist Derek Hitchener combine pop punk’s energy with hard rock’s edge to create a unique sonic barrage.
“It’s an incredible feeling to even be able to say that we’ve released a second studio EP,” Martineau said of the making of the recording. “Creating ‘Glitter and Gore’ was such a crazy experience. Lyrically, we wanted something empowering that would encourage people to build themselves up and move on from toxic situations rather than dwell and allow them to bring you down. We wanted music that would have appealed to our younger selves while still being something that we could be proud of as adults. Musically, we wanted something interesting and challenging that would be fun to dance to and fun for us to perform with even more of the high energy that people have come to expect from us.”
Hitchener unleashes an electrifying tone on “Monster (Make Me The Villain)” to start off the EP. “Bore Me To Death” has Rossi establishing the structure via his downbeats on drums.
The most energetic track has to be “Play Nice,” with the pace getting increasingly picked up as each note gets played. “You Could Be The One” is another song with intense energy as the riffs never let up.
The title track concludes it all with more of a somber vibe that changes up to be more triumphant halfway through.
Letters To Jenny doesn’t have any other shows planned as of press time, but be sure that they’ll be performing around the Providence area on a consistent basis.
In the meantime, you can purchase the album via Bandcamp at letterstojenny.bandcamp.com or stream it on Spotify. It’s a great rock record that does its best to separate itself from the rest.