This week I am featuring The Jolly What! from Newark, DE. They got their start in 2007 but really started a s a full band in 2010. So far they have released two studio efforts 2009’s “Life Is My Favorite Sport” and 2011’s “So, you want to be a quitter”. Currently they are working on their third album “Surviving the Supervolcano”. However, after this week they may want to consider renaming it ‘Surviving the Frankenstorm”.
The current lineup consists of Marky Degz (vocal,guitar), Josh Howard (keys,tambourine), Brian Lafferty (bass), Curt Gibson (drums) and Matt Pulliam (lead/rhythm guitar). Their songs are catchy with “the Pog Collector” being a favorite. It has all the makings of a quirky Alt band hit and it is. The Jolly What! has even channeled their Boy Meets World days and wrote a song about Topanga. Find me another band that has done that.
I would best described The Jolly What! as a quirky Alt band, and quirky is good. The sound is melodic dance infused pop rock. They have the local band sound but one of local bands that has a large following. The Jolly What! doesn’t have a sloppy sound, it is well put together and fun! They remind me on many successful local bands that followed in my younger days.
Current chart topping artists that you could easily compare The Jolly What! to are The Strokes, Weezer and Foster the People.
The Jolly What! has a fun web page. The artwork is fun and I would gladly wear a t-shirt with that artwork because it is conversation starting. I did have trouble with the links to the video but a quick outside trip to YouTube and I was able to watch them in action. They have a section on their web page titled SHOWS so you can see if they have anything coming your way. A plus for any local artist.
I recommend that if you like Alternative rock music check out The Jolly What! I am sure that the live show is just as quirky and fun.
They can also be found on Facebook and MySPace.