The interesting thing about Stigers’ opening track on “No Vacancy” is that is sounds as if ey will break into a much harder chorus than what ultimately comes to bear during “Ruide With You”. In fact, what results in the chorus of “Ride With You” is something that closely parallels early Sammy Hagar or ZZ Top. The track still is fun to listen to, and could easily be on any classic rock station, but from the beginning of the disc, Stigers is challenging individual listeners’ assumptions.
The track bounces back and forth between this earlier style of rock and something much more calm and collected to make the track into a force that can impress all who listen in. The one thing that will be heard from the get go is that Stigers’ guitarist on “No Vacancy” is perhaps the most audible part of eir backing band. Nunzio Signore makes a number of these tracks, even when one is considering that Stigers’ vocals are front and center on each of the disc’s seven tracks. Stigers gambles with “She’s A Woman”, in that the song is so much slower than the tempo created by the prior tracks would normally allow. The intricacy of the track, coupled with its easily repeatable lyrics, will bring individuals in droves to Stigers’ side, regardless of whether they liked “Ride With You” or “End of the World”.
The EP goes by quickly, with the seven tracks barely breaking over the twenty two minute mark. However, regardless of how familiar individuals are with Stigers, people that listen to the entirety of “No Vacancy” will be tuned in to all the nuances of Stigers. The tempo picks back up for “Tomorrow Never Comes”, but Stigers goes off in a much more deliberative, Fuel meets Foo Fighters type of jaunt for the time being. These continual shifts in the style and approaches to music that Stiger creates is a nice burst of fresh air in a time where acts attempt to ape each other without anything in the way of differentiation between them. Even going into country rock for “Riding With The King”, Stigers has no bounds. Here’s to hoping that Stigers can cut a full length here soon, as the very friendly type of radio rock that ey assaults fans with will pass the test of time.
Top Track: Tomorrow Never Comes
Jake Stigers No Vacancy CD Review
Jake Stigers – No Vacancy / Self / 7 Tracks / http://www.jakestigers.com /