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Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent


  1. 1.
    My Own Miserable
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  3. 3.
    Shelf Life
  4. 4.
    Another Second Chance
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While known for the somber tone set with emo/soul debut album Best Supporting Actor, Jordan Esker & the Hundred Percent have the live presence of four brothers egging each other on.
Their new album “Fail to Learn” pit stops at 70s yacht rock, modern gospel, 60s wall of sound, and noise, but the band cranks the organ, saw synths, heavy drums, and clustered guitar chords to drive ever further into what future American heartland rock will sound like.
Creative Loafing Tampa said it "Whether it’s the vintage horns and harmony on the first two tracks (“Shelf Life,” “Platitudes”) or the layers of sound at the heart of the LP (“Another Second Chance”), each second of the effort is dripping in soul and driven by what sounds like an army of brass, organ and piano. Esker and the band — drummer Vincent Montemarano, bassist Emmit Dobbyn, keyboard player Matt Raspo and the group’s unofficial fifth member, saxophonist Sheldon Cooper — have grown exponentially since their last outing. There’s an earnest and longing on 2014’s Best Supporting Actor, but the band seemed to just hint at the emo-gospel yacht-rock vagabond that lives inside of it. While the boys never really let that wild, hairy beast of a sound out of the bedroom, Fail finally finds The Hundred Percent truly going all in, bringing what feels like every person it has ever interacted with into the mix both sonically and lyrically."
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