January 27, 2024

Jig A Jig Out is the first EP by British band The 355s, a rather intriguing rock group with numerous but very diverse influences. Described as something like a meeting of Oasis and The White Stripes and I get the Oasis reference as they are heavy on driving and rather jingly guitars but I would swap White Stripes refences for the rather more superior sounds of the Flamin’ Groovies and then they go all Sex Pistols on the more intense Piss On My Party before switching to Housemartins mode for the rather beautiful You & I.

I guess Britpop was always going to surface in their sound given that the EP was produced by Nick Brine who has worked with the likes of Oasis, Stone Roses and Ash so there is a most definite Mancunian sound to the record (with apologies to Ash).

Great vocals, neat guitar and some sublime piano makes this a short but very welcome release from a band who seem to have all the talent and songwriting skills to make a decent name for themselves.

  1. Jig A Jig Out (2:45)
  2. Esther (3:48)
  3. Piss On My Party (2:47)
  4. You & I (4:38)