I’ve been a fan of Jerry Leger for a while now, but even with the strength of his songs and the surprising depth of the characters he creates (considering his age), I’ve never thought his recording style fully matched his potential. The young songwriter is raw – in terms of the emotion he exposes – so any polish or precision he adds to an arrangement contrasts the life that he puts into each verse.
Leger’s new EP, The Good Old Days Are Back in Drag, is the first time that the electricity that runs through his stories is matched by his backing band. The new three-piece configuration is loose and untethered, and the open space they explore helps make these songs the best Jerry’s put to tape to date. Heavy plucked bass, tasteful electric guitar and an energy that crackles through the speakers all help Jerry successfully pull off a throw back rock n’ roll sound.
But even with the great hooks, the most impressive piece of this EP is the focused nature of Jerry’s pen. These songs hit with an impressive impact, mostly due to the fact Jerry refuses to cushion the blow with clever turned phrases or overused metaphors. The songs came to life quickly, and as a result, Leger couldn’t filter out honesty or his own perfections simply for his own pride. These songs are simply a part of who he is, and ones of which he should be proud.