Jetty Bones released their last EP, titled Old Women, in 2017 and the band has been making a huge surge among fans ever since. Though Old Women can be defined by a brilliant collection of bright pop-punk songs, the follow-up is much different. This six-track EP, titled just – (pronounced “hyphen”), offers a darker sound and covers important topics such as trauma, abuse, and mental health.
On –, Jetty Bones ditches a lot of the alternative rock and pop-punk guitar sounds that backed both prior EPs. – is introduced by electronic drums, which precedes “Better” – a three minute cut with an echoing chorus relaying the experiences of a traumatic relationship; “Bringing It Up” is the catchiest track, though all of the songs can offer an addictive verse or two if you pay attention. Some Kacey Musgraves-brand country guitars sway the beginning of “To Know You…”; Concluding with “The Rest Of Them.,” Kelc Galluzzo shows a much more self-reflective side. The most interesting take is “The Part:” which concludes with a heavy-hearted “I swear everything is fine” monologue from Siri (yes, the one in your pocket).
I swear everything is fine. Ready to send it? What do you want to say? I feel like you don’t listen to anything I say. There’s so much that I want to talk about. I’m just trying to understand. It’s like I’m talking to a wall. I swear everything is fine. Can we please talk about this? I promise I’m not trying to upset you. How many times do I have to say that I do trust you? I feel like you don’t listen to anything I say. Just because we are talking doesn’t mean that it has to be an argument. I swear everything is fine. Ready to send it?
The best way to explain – would be to ask for thoughts on Green Day’s 2004 nine-minute marathon, “Jesus Of Suburbia.” The song was nine minutes long, but instead of one entire song, it’s thought of a “chapter” of multiple songs inside of it about a damned nation and growing up within it. – is six tracks long, but take out the pauses between songs and it tells the story as well as the best books you’ve ever read. Each track narrates a specific point in Kelc Galluzzo’s life. The imagery is so vivid and sincere that it’s hard to imagine any musician can have any more control of her sound than she does right now.