Album review: Jump Starts reveal their full talent on ‘What Hides Inside’

“What Hides Inside” may only be the title to the new Jump Starts record but it aptly describes the current scene in St. Louis.

With phenomenal bands, restaurants and people hiding around every corner of the river bend city, both coasts should take notice instead of just coming to flyover country with their hands out for help with their most recent Malthusian disaster.

This second record finds the duo of Justin Johnson and Sarah Ross extending their roots into traditional southern Americana without breaking their rock foundation. Despite the Southern and almost country feel on a few songs, outside of “Stop Guessing” nothing remotely resembles the sombre affairs of the standard country song. Johnson and Ross blend and bounce their voices in a give-and-trade way only two people who have spent years together in a room with nothing but a guitar and some drums can.

The gorgeous harmonizing on songs like “There You Are” should provoke any band to question if they really need all those people standing around on stage. “What Hides Inside” is almost a misnomer as the duo puts everything on display for this record and captures the intimate fervor that pours out on stage. This may be the record that changes what hides inside St. Louis to what is loved outside of it.

The Jump Starts’ album release show is Saturday, November 10 at Off Broadway. Come judge for yourself to see if “What Hides Inside” has properly captured the energy and intimacy of the band’s live show.

“Stuck” – Jump Starts

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