Styrofoam Drone’s Friday Find: Denney & the Jets

Zac Camanga

By Zac Camanga

on 04.25.14 in News

This week’s tale begins with Christopher H. Denney, leader of Nashville’s newest group of scoundrels Denney and the Jets, at age 9, stealing pills from his grandmother and smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. The result of a lifetime of such debauchery can be heard on his debut full-length Mexican Coke, released in unison by Burger Records and Limited Fanfare Recordings.

Mexican Coke is a grab-bag of twangy rock and roll, combining bluesy Nashville swagger with country cowboy roots. All of the songs were written by Denney himself, and explore topics randing from addiction to straight-up, no-rules, fucking around. He slurs his words like a western bandit, admitting his love for marijuana, cocaine and every drug in-between.

“Pain Pills” is built with folksy guitars and fluttering organ textures, unfolding like a heavenly revelation. Denney sings in his brutally honest tone, asking not to be judged — he’s just doing the devils deeds. Album highlight “Mama’s Got the Blues” features Natural Child member Seth Murray providing some extra guitar work. It’s a rollicking track that quickly helps reign in the hot summer months.