Jagged Baptist Club is…
an American rock band formed in Vernon, CA, a tiny industrial enclave just south of Los Angeles. Fronted by Blake Stokes, Jagged Baptist Club is the latest iteration of his glam-y, post-punk-inspired bands that most recently included TEST. Jagged Baptist Club coagulated around LA natives, drummer Morgan Ponder and keyboardist Josh Boyd, and bassist CJ Ramsey. Their debut record, Reptile Super Show, expands on the ideas of TEST. The frenetic joy of Stokes’ songwriting remains, buoyed by an innovative sense of scope. With the addition of intricate keyboard lines, snappy, propulsive drumming, interlocking bass and guitar parts and the occasional saxophone, the songs on Reptile Super Show are a unique blend of Gun Club and Primal Scream, Blur and Rolling Stones. Lyrically, Stokes is refreshingly, infectiously positive. “I still firmly believe in the power of music to change lives, to save lives,” he says. Having survived a rough patch of alcohol abuse while living for years out of his rehearsal space in Vernon, Stokes—who’s now sober and a father— is evidence of the saving power of music. It’s a power he shares in every Jagged Baptist Club song and show. Jagged Baptist Club’s debut LP Reptile Show Show arrives on vinyl and streaming services June 28th, 2019 via Chain Letter Collective.
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