A hundred million miles apart, but you know that there is no mile between us
Yeah, you know how much I care, and I am there
Ty Tabor has announced that The Jelly Jam’s new album Shall We Descend will ship on November, 28 and is available for pre-order today. The group, which includes Dream Theater bassist John Myung and drummer extraordinaire Rod Morgenstein of the Dixie Dregs and Winger, is streaming the first song from the album “Who’s Comin’ Now” on its website as well its Reverb Nation band page.
Whereas Ty Tabor’s Platypus spin-off side project Jughead went in a pop rock direction, its sibling The Jelly Jam remained on a more progressive path, continuing in—and in many ways expanding on—a course set by its predecessor. That’s not to say that progressive rock is the sole offering by the trio of Tabor on vocals and guitars, Dream Theater bassist John Myung, and drummer extraordinaire Rod Morgenstein of Dixie Dregs and Winger fame, as witnessed by today’s track from the band’s second release 2.
Both 2 and The Jelly Jam’s 2001 eponymous debut explore a sound comprised of solid grooves, wall-of-sound guitar production, and Beatles-influenced harmonies that pays homage to classic arena rock, psychedelic jam bands, and AOR pop radio, all without a single hint of the pretentiousness often found in supergroups with members of this caliber. Gone are the swirling organs and keyboard flourishes provided by Derek Sherinian in Platypus, a heavier—and in the case of 2, a darker—more modern guitar sound taking center stage.
On a related note, The Jelly Jam have apparently reconvened and are set to release a third album sometime this year. I can’t wait.