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Where's Jai - Single Review: Something Wrong

12 Jun 2023 // A review by Kerry MB

Where's Jai is a funky, fresh indie-reggae-rock band hailing from Auckland's North Shore. With addictive beats and grooves, they blend indie-rock with a chilled reggae twist and a pinch of soulful blues. Already gaining notoriety, their sound has fast become daily earworms for those who have been following them for a while, and by the sounds of it too, their lives shows are supposedly electric. It’s easy to hear why. This is their latest single, Something Wrong.

You know you’re onto something good when the aforementioned genres are not just hinted at. They’re quite literally there, evenly distributed throughout, giving a real polished and solid single that wow with every note.

But make no mistake in thinking they are copycat renegades. No, Where's Jai take these genres simply as suggestions and create something markedly stand alone. Their own flavour.

Lead vocalists Grace Allis and Leigh Edmeades (both vocalist winners of Smokefree Rockquest 2022) deliver powerhouse performances, while Michael Walmsley's lead guitar hooks you with those catchy melodies. Jai Nielsen takes rhythm guitar duties, complementing Elliott Borland's drum work that sets the tone, and Nate Fullerton's bass brings it all together, anchoring the sound. It’s mesmerizing and no joke when I say you want to hear more.

Everything in one package, I will definitely be keeping an eye on Where's Jai, they're going places fast!

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Where's Jai

Where's Jai are an indie-reggae-rock band based on the North Shore in Auckland. They write groove-infused indie-rock with a dash of reggae and a hint of blues. They are a band to watch, with songs released that are growing more and more popular by the day, as well as a group of electrifying live performers.

Where's Jai are becoming known in the Auckland live music scene, playing alongside Australian popstar Reece Mastin as well as NZ legends Muroki, Paige and Borderline. This is just the beginning with more local gigs being announced on their social media pages. Grace Allis and Leigh Edmeades (of Smokefree Rockquest 2022 fame) are the powerful lead vocalists with Michael Walmsley on lead guitar infusing the music with catchy melodies and licks, Jai Nielsen riffing away on rhythm guitar, Elliott Borland providing a rhythmic backbone on drums and Nate Fullerton pulling everything together on bass.

Keep an eye out as they are sure to become NZ's next indie-rock sensation in no time.

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