Butterfly Jones - Napalm Springs

Butterfly Jones
Napalm Springs


First Appeared at The Music Box, December 2001, Volume 8, #12

Written by John Metzger


Dada never received the attention it deserved. After a series of record label debacles and commercial radio's inability to get past the band's initial hit Dizz Knee Land, the trio quietly folded up its belongings and went home. After a three-year break, however, lead guitarist Michael Gurley and drummer Phil Leavitt have reunited (Joie Calio also makes an appearance on backing vocals) in the form of Butterfly Jones, and on their debut disc Napalm Springs, they pretty much pick up right where they left off.

In other words, much like Dada did, Butterfly Jones melds Brit-pop with So. Cal-rock, seamlessly blending the '90s with the '60s. Shades of The Mamas and the Papas, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles converge with hip-hop beats and Nirvana grunge to form an array of infectious melodies and shimmering harmonies. But where Dada's lyrics tended towards the cynical and sarcastic, Butterfly Jones manages to also find some hope and light in the mayhem of life.

The problem is that where Dada was once on the cutting edge of the latest incarnation of power pop, Butterfly Jones now sounds similar to many other acts now on the market. That's not to say that Napalm Springs doesn't have its moments, and Butterfly Jones still fares better than most. Irregardless, in the eyes of Dada fans, this is sure to be a welcome return. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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