Jelly of the Month Club is a Southern California all star band. Formed by Todd Forman (Sublime) and Bert Susanka (The Ziggens/Astronaut Love triangle). They invited Bud Gaugh (Sublime) to play drums, and Mic Dangerously (Zen Robbi) to sing and play guitar and bass. Mr. Crumb joined on shortly after, and the writing commenced. The main focus for JOTMC is on writing fun G rated music, something that is fun for the whole family. They have songs ranging from stories about making friends, to a song about waffles.
With 10 tracks ready for release the lads a gearing up for a fun summer.
The opening track is “Brand New Friend” a frog tale about being a frog and making friends. This track is 4 minutes of smooth grooves that could have easily been a part of Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”. Aiming to have fun with their songs this track definately delivers and you will find yourself singing along after just one listen. “Dolphins and Porpoises” is a surf track that easily could have been a hit for The Ziggens and was propably sitting in Susanka’s files for years. Kids will love this song and parents will love the teaching aspects. The hit PBS show “Wild Kratts” should add this song to an episode. It’s a fun educational song that will have everyone dancing around the room. “The Great Lemonade Stand Off Of Maple Street 2” is a song everyone who ever tried their luck at selling anything as kid will relate too but is not one of the best on the album. “Tell Someone” has a nice beat and the story is good. It’s nice to see that JOTMC is letting kids and adults it’s ok to tell someone when something happens or is just not right. “Cucina” is a smooth jazzy cooking number and will resonate with fans of the Island or Reggae sounds. “Welcome to the Carnival” is one of the best songs on the album. Older kids will enjoy this as well as the young ones. If your planning a Halloween party for kids you could even add this number to the playlist. You almost think you hear Disney’s Haunted Mansion at one point in the song. “The English Language” is one of the more upbeat tracks with more of a punk sound than some of the others. Kids will go crazy listening to it and parents will tolerate it cause they will enjoy it over and over again. “Girlfriend” is another Ziggen esq. song. With a fast surf groove this song will be a hit. “Timmy Turtlehead” is great and will make parents think right off of The Wiggles but not nearly as annoying. You’ll laugh right from the start. The song is more for the older kids than the young ones because of the meaning of the song and some of the noises being made in the song. Not recommended for young kids. “Waffle Boogie” closes out the disc. The groove is a perfect fit for Mic Dangerously’s voice and showcases his fun groovy voice. Your little one’s will have a fun time playing air guitar in between dancing on this one.
All and all the album is a fun change from the normal kid friendly albums out there. Some high points and some questionable content but a fun album none the less. If your a parent with little ones under 10 download “Brand New Friend”, “Dolphins and Porpoises”, “Welcome to the Carnival”, “The English Language” and “Girlfriend”. The rest of the disc is suitable for kids over 10. Considering the main focus for JOTMC is on writing fun G rated music, something that is fun for the whole family these lads showed what family fun means to them.