With influences ranging from the Beatles and Joan Jett to Blondie and the Bangles, Jana Peri brings strong power pop instincts to this self-titled debut EP.
While the debate regarding the validity of the double album continues, the format has allowed the Grip Weeds to deliver the boldest recording of their career with their fifth full length release.
Strange Change Machine was written and recorded while the band was ensconced in reissue projects (2007’s reworking of their debut House Of Vibes Revisited, and the 2008 Little Steven Van Zandt-sponsored compilation Infinite Soul: The Best Of The Grip Weeds) and outside studio production jobs (Singer/Drummer Kurt Reil recorded three albums with the legendary Smithereens, as well as three solo projects by Smithereens lead singer Pat Dinizio, among his other studio work).
The New York-based singer thrives on melody as well as rockin' aggression, and infectious offerings like "Dating Sucks" (an angry though amusing commentary on the 1990s dating scene) and "The La La Song" make it clear that Peri recognizes the value of a good hook.
Peri (who wrote and produced all four of the EP's songs) is someone who looks to different areas of the power pop spectrum for inspiration -- the British Invasion rock of the 1960s has obviously had a major impact on her writing, but she has also benefited from exposure to the more pop-minded punk and new wave of the 1970s and '80s.