The moment that the fist song on this tape, "I'm Not Gonna Lie, It's Been A Weird Year," starts off, the only thing I can think of is how much it sounds like The Karl Hendricks Trio. Specifically my favorite Kark Hendricks song, "Dead Flowers." Now the ending bit of the JSR song is a bit more frantic than how Karl chose to crescendo his opus, but there's a humanity and storytelling aspect of the song that makes me think they are kindred spirits.
The rest of the album is full of punchy rock songs with heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics. Let me make that description crystal clear, the lyrics have a personal, almost poetic feel to them, much like Karl Hendricks. I am not referring to some bullshit over emotional midwestern band desperately trying to get signed to Polyvinyl.
I had no expectations going into this tape. If anything I was holding the fact that it was released on cassette against it. But after listening to it a few times, I can say I'm pretty shocked by JSR. I don't think they have a really easy modern comparison, but I believe that had they been around in 1994 or so, a lot of folks would have really taken notice. I would absolutely buy this album again on vinyl if it ever were to be released and I recommend checking these guys out. This is a sleeper release, it deserves your attention.
JSR - ...It Roars: