The Jupiter Watts – Short Wave Signals and False Alarms

The Jupiter Watts
Short Wave Signals and False Alarms

The Jupiter Watts are a quartet of middle-aged rock-and-roll junkies from Atlanta. Their debut album, Short Wave Signals and False Alarms, proves that it really is never too late… or is it? The Jupiter Watts sound like a mix between the gentleness of the Lemonheads, the harshness of the Rolling Stones, and a hint of Guided by Voices: not such a bad combination when you think about it. However, depending on what the Jupiter Watts’ target audience is, it’s difficult to see them breaking into either the mainstream or indie music scene.
Short Wave Signals and False Alarms is an attempt to recapture the rock and roll sound of the 70s, but with a modern edge. The members of The Jupiter Watts are all over 30 years old, and one is over 40 – the exact age group of fans who would enjoy their music. The Jupiter Watts are not making music for teens or even people in their 20s. Short Wave Signals and False Alarms is an album for those who are middle-aged and looking for a new album to “let their hair down” to.
The Jupiter Watts are, in essence, a concept band. Their name is derived from the 1966 NASA term used to describe “apparent electrical forces at work”. What’s more, several of The Jupiter Watts’ songs are centered around themes of space and science, a little geeky if you ask me, but I digress.
Short Wave Signals and False Alarms offers up 10 tracks of power-pop and straight-up rock n’ roll. The Jupiter Watts have already garnered a following in Atlanta and have been signed to the indie label Florine Records. Still, it’s hard to see The Jupiter Watts becoming the next big band of the summer, or any season for that matter. Although current fans of The Jupiter Watts will be satisfied with Short Wave Signals and False Alarms, it’s doubtful that the album will help garner many new fans.